Children’s Crafts Bags

Children’s craft bags are now available!
For children ages 2 to 12.
Craft Bags will be on a table just inside the entrance to the children’s department during the hours the library is open:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft Bags will also continue to be available during the times of contactless curbside holds pickup.
Tuesday through Saturday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Families do not need to call the library when they arrive. Children may look at the samples taped to the windows and then reach into the vestibule and take the selected bag.
Crafts will be on display in the windows of the Columbia Street entrance to the building. (This is the one that faces the parking structure.)
There will probably be 2 or 3 different levels of crafts to select every week. This will vary with the craft topic.
Children may select 1 bag every week of summer reading.
Coloring &/or activity pages will be included in every craft bag.
If you have any questions, please call the library and ask to speak to a children’s department staff member.
The themes for the week of July 6th’s craft are Ancient Greece and Mythology. There will be 2 choice for the bags: Olympic Games torch or a Pegasus puppet.
Note: Craft bags from previous weeks will be available on tables next to the current week’s crafts as long as supplies last.

July Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The library will be open with limited hours beginning Tuesday, July 7. We will also be continuing to fill requests for materials. Read about Contactless Pickup to learn when and how you may collect held items for your family.
July hours: Tuesday through Friday: Open from 12:00 to 4 p.m
Saturday: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curbside collection of holds: Tuesday to Saturday: 4 to 6 p.m.,
Library closed Sunday and Monday, with no curbside holds collection.

We are excited about opening the library and eager to see all our families. However, we need to give you a little more information to prepare your children for their visits. In order to be able to clean the building carefully every day and keep things germ-free, we have made some changes.
Masks will be required for all adults and for children older than 2.
Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
Early Learning & internet computers will be turned off.
One self-check station and one catalog computer will be available in the children’s area. There will also be 2 staff members to assist you at our information desk.
The castle area will be closed, as it would be impossible to clean it after every child plays there.
No puzzles or coloring pages.

Good news: Your children may register for the summer reading club and collect their reading records and summer 2020 bags while they are visiting the library. Registration ends July 26.
Prize collection: July 14 – August 15

Children’s Summer Reading Club

Children’s summer reading club runs from June 15 to July 26. There will be 3 methods of registering for the club.

Method 1: ReaderZone app
Children who want to register and track summer reading online:

  1. Visit ReaderZone to sign up, or find the ReaderZone app in your App Store.
  2. Use code 720ef to enroll in the WLPL 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program.
  3. Choose to record by books, or minutes, or pages read. A child may participate in only one category and register only one time for the summer.

You may register your child at any time, but you will not start to record reading until June 15. You do not need a library card, but you or your child will need an email address to register.
If you have problems with ReaderZone, fill out our help form.

Method 2: Online Registration & Paper Reading Logs
Children who want to record their summer reading on paper can register online and then collect their paper log for books, minutes, or pages read during a Contactless Curbside Pickup time.
Complete our registration form to get started! Logs will be available after June 7.
If you’ve chosen to record your reading online through Reader Zone, please do not use this form.

Method 3: In-person Registration & Paper Reading Logs
Children who want to enroll and record their summer reading on paper will be able to select a log for books, minutes, or pages read. They will be able to register in person when the library opens on July 7.
Happy Reading!

Craft Bags
Since we are not allowed to have our usual programs, we will be sending home crafts for children to complete at home. Craft bags will be available for families on the “contactless holds pick up days.” There will be a limit of one bag per child per week. The bags will be on a table in the vestibule of the Columbia Street entrance, next to the table with held items to be collected, and on tables in the children’s area when the library is open. Bags from previous weeks will also be available, as long as the supplies last.

May Children’s Department News

Dear Parents:
Happy Spring! The children’s department staff misses our families and hope that you are all healthy and coping with staying in your homes, instead of enjoying your many activities, including visiting the library.
We have been busy ordering and processing new books for your children, creating materials for our summer reading club, making room on the shelves for new books, and working with the architects to finalize the plans for the construction of the new children’s area in the library.

Bad news: We do not yet know when the library will be opening again. We are planning a contactless “curbside pickup” of reserved items and intend to start that service on May 20. (Please see Nick’s announcement about this on the website.) We are developing plans for reopening the library at some time in the summer, too.
We will not be able to offer the “Lap Sit”, “Time for Twos”, “Music & Fun”, and Preschool Story and Craft programs until late summer or possibly early fall. Instead of lego builders club meetings and craft and science events during the summer, we will be creating weekly craft bags for children. (More information about the craft bags will be available when we open again.)
Good news: We will be offering summer reading clubs for children, teens, and adults. They will just be a little different this year …..

Our Children’s Summer Reading Club is for children who are ages 1 through 12. (Students who are entering 7th grade may participate in the children’s department club or the teen club.)
The program is for listeners as well as readers.
Children are not required to have a library card, but the registering adult must have an email address.
Children will have the choice of recording the number of pages, books, or minutes read.
Everyone will be able to register online. Parents will need to register their children. Check our newsletter and the library website in June to learn how to register your families.

Register: June 15 to July 26
Read: June 15 to July 26
Collect Prizes: Dates to be announced after July 1

IF the library is able to reopen during summer reading time, children may register in person at that time, if they prefer to use the paper forms to record their reading activity. Also, all children who register, either online or in person, will be able to collect their summer reading bags as soon as the library opens.
We will announce the dates of prize collection after we know when the library will be open again.
Happy Reading!