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.