We are very excited that tomorrow is kids day at the library 10:00 am to noon. We have gotten in a few new books for middle readers and some new pictures books! Please come in and check them out and pick up a summer reading challenge.
The Stonington Public Library has been working to keep books in the hands of our patrons since closing in March. We are thrilled to be opening our doors again on June 16th at 10:00 am! There will be some significant changes in place to protect myself and Gretchen, as well as our patrons. The Library hours will be changing for the summer, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for adults only and Saturdays 10:00 am to Noon for children and their accompanying adult. There is a 5 person limit in the library excluding families on Saturdays, to make distancing easier and a time limit so everyone gets a chance to come in and enjoy browsing for books. Unfortunately, we will not have public access computers or a public restroom but we will be able to take care of your printing needs. We also have expanded the WiFi coverage outside of the building. Just look for Stonintong Library Guest on your personal device. Please wear a mask in the library if you don’t have one we have disposable masks to offer you and hand sanitizer to share. We will still offer curbside pick up as well.
The Stonington Public Library is excited to start our 2020 summer reading program on June 8th. It will run all summer long this year. Everyone knows that not all heroes wear capes! You can be a super hero just by reading this summer! Use our book log to write down the book titles you complete or the number of minutes you read each day. The challenge is for all ages and for every 14 lines you fill up you will get a prize! You can pick up a log at the library or download one on our website and Facebook
JOIN US TOMORROW FOR OUR LIBRARY TALK
with the Island Heritage Trust.
This pre-recorded educational video is scheduled to premiere on IHT’s youtube page tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12th at 4:30pm.
Tomorrow at 4:20 Look for a facebook post with this video link. Set a reminder and please watch the first segment:
Intertidal Zones Part One – Reach Beach
(link will be in the video descriptions)
Beat boredom with books! The Stonington Public Library wants to be here for our patrons but we all know that right now it is a matter of safety to keep our distance. I know some of you are taking this time to reconnect and do more of the things you enjoy (reading), I know some of you are reading more to your children, and that some of you are as busy as ever and maybe you are using reading as an escape or for relaxation. Whatever your reason I know we have seen a jump in reading here in our home. So I am excited to throw out a challenge to you! I want to fill our window with images and titles of the books you have finished! I am hoping that collectively we can make it to 200! To participate you can email, call, or message the Library with the book title of a book you have started and finished anytime after March 17th and I will put it on display. That simple!
Here are the different ways to contact us……
email firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 207-367-5926, or https://www.facebook.com/StoningtonPublicLibrary/
The Stonington Public Library has decided to remain closed until April 27th unless otherwise advised by the Maine State Library and Governor Mills. The library is still here for you but in a limited capacity. We will be offering no contact pickups and deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. If you would like to borrow a book you may go to our website under the tab Books and More to browse our catalog and place a hold. You can also email or call the library at email@example.com or 367-5926. We will bag up your books and place them on the porch for pick up or drop them off to your porch. We encourage you to keep the books until the library is fully operational again, fine free! If you feel more comfortable returning your materials please leave them in the book drop located in our front door. We have safety procedures in place in regards to book handling.
The library also as free WiFi 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No password necessary. Just chose Stonington Library Guest in your settings. If the weather permits you can sit on our porch or park your vehicle out front to receive this service.
If you have the ability to access books online we offer borrowing through the digital Maine library. There is a step by step how to video below. Again please call us with any questions you may have we are in the library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Tuesday and Friday.
Here at the library we have been missing our regular Story Hour and Baby Rhyme Time. Fortunately lots of authors have been reading their children’s book online! If you type in any of your favorites a YouTube link is sure to pop up.
We are huge fans of Anica Mrose Rissi’s books and have had the pleasure of hosting her at the library a few times. Anica’s last two picture books The Teachers Pet illustrated by Zachariah OHora and Watch Out for Wolf! illustrated by Charles Santoso are some of our favorite picture books. Below is a link to YouTube of Anica reading her soon to be released children’s book “Love, Sophia on the Moon”! Pictures by Mika Song.
The Stonington Public Library has been following the ever changing recommendations and information regarding COVID-19. There is no hard and fast rule on what public libraries should do. This decision is made harder by the fact that we as libraries are here to service our communities, whatever the need shall be we are here for you with information, resources, or just a good book! After much discussion with my assistant, board members, patrons, and other public resource entities, I as the librarian have decided to close the Stonington Public Library at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17 for 2 weeks. We will tentatively reopen for book circulation on March 31, 10:00 am provided the recommendations for our situation do not change.
This was a very difficult decision to come to. I personally work very hard to encourage people to come to library as often as possible. We at the library realize that our patrons depend on having access to reading materials and reliable information. We will accommodate that need in 3 ways.
- We are offering home delivery. Call the library at 367-5926, requests through our website at https://www.stoningtonlibrary.org/, or message our facebook page. Returns can be made in our drop box or just hold the books until we reopen.
- Reliable up to date links on our website regarding COVID-19 and other important information.
- Online story times. I will be reading children’s stories from our collection and posting videos on our website every few days. I will also post literature based activities for children.
Please if you are in good health come to the library Tuesday, March 17th 10:00 to 4:00 to stock up on books.