August Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The library will be continue to be open with limited hours Tuesday through Saturday. We will also be filling requests for materials. Read about Contactless Pickup to learn when and how you may collect held items for your family.
August 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.
If we need to reduce the hours we are open for any reason, we will post it on our website. As always, please call the library before you visit, if you have any questions about our hours.

Parking Garage: The gates on the parking garage on Columbia Street are now operating.
1. Take a ticket from the machine as you drive into the garage. Everyone who patronizes the library and area businesses gets one hour of free parking per day. People who are in the library get free parking for their visit, but they must get their ticket validated before they leave the library.
2. Ask a staff member to validate your ticket at a customer service desk as you leave the library if for some reason you are at the library for longer than the current 30 minute visit limit.
3. Scan the ticket at the exit as you leave the garage.
4. Please note: If you use the parking area during the hours when the library is not open, you will need to pay $3/hour. (Credit/debit cards only. No cash payment is possible.) If you have any problems exiting the garage, there is a call button to press to speak to a garage service employee,

We are excited about seeing our families again. 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 1 to 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.

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 days we are open and during the “contactless holds pick up hours.” 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.

The craft bags will be available weekly until August 15. From September through December, there will be craft bags two times per month. The theme for August 10 – 15 will be Mystery Week. Children will make a paper magnifying glass and complete a scavenger hunt at home. After they have found all the objects in the hunt and drawn pictures of them on the scavenger hunt game board, they may bring the game board to the library and collect a small prize during the hours the library is open. Children may collect their scavenger hunt prize until Saturday, September 5.