The biennial book sale begins at 9:00 am Saturday September 25th and continues through October. Always a favorite of library patrons, this book sale should provide reading treasures for all ages. Books for the sale are acquired through estate and individual donations and library discards. Expect to find newer quality fiction and nonfiction, older copyright books, cookbooks, children’s titles, reference books, paperbacks and more. Books are available for preview now. No early sales. Not interested in buying? Then donate unwanted books to the library for this sale soon! The book sale has been a long standing fundraising event for many years. Don’t miss this sale. As the saying goes, one man’s “junk” is another man’s “treasure”. Come see what you can find.
The beginning of September brings more than just cooler weather; it also marks the start of storytime at the library. Weekly story time sessions begin Thursday, September 9th from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and continue through the school year. Preschool age children are invited to attend the Thursday sessions each week. Children may enroll in storytime anytime after their third birthday. Those joining at five years of age, may continue throughout the school year, even after turning six. The new Storytime Coordinator will be incorporating reading, games, crafts and so much more into the weekly themed sessions. The first storytime session will be all about the first day of school. Other sessions in September will focus on food, Fall, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Storytime provides many benefits exposing participants to good literature and library resources while helping them grow in school readiness skills such as listening, observation, reasoning, familiarity with the flow of written language, vocabulary, and social skills, all in a fun, non-threatening environment. For those enrolled in preschool, outreach sessions will be held at Headstart, Cornerstone Day Care, and Park School. For more information or to enroll your child in storytime held at the library, simply stop by the circulation desk at the library or call 257-2961.
The library is sponsoring its seventh “Food for Fines” food drive during August. In the past six years, 1179 food items and $566.98 cash donations have been received while $1558.89 in library fines have been waived. The food and cash received during the drive will be donated to the Northern Rice County Food Bank. Food items must carry their original packaging and labels and must be in usable condition — undamaged, unopened, and with an unexpired date. Suggested food items include canned goods, dry goods, and miscellaneous items like peanut butter, jelly, syrup and cooking oil. Everyone is invited to clear fines and benefit the community. For each non-perishable food item donated, the library will reduce an existing or new fine by $1. Bring in 20 items and a fine is reduced by $20. No fine is too big. A fine may also be paid with cash and the money will be donated to the food bank. Fees for lost or damaged materials are not covered by the program. Don’t have fines, but want to participate? Simply make a food or cash donation. The “Food for Fines” campaign will run from August 1st to August 31st.
The library has an opening for a Summer Reading Coordinator. Responsibilities for this position include the oversight, planning, and implementation of the summer reading program for preschool children through 5th graders. The summer reading program is in session six weeks during June and July. Experience working with children as well as a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience in teaching is desired. Applications are available at the library.