Library Column for January 19, 2024

@ Your Library

Icebox Days starts today and runs until January 28th. I hope everyone will be able to get outside and enjoy some of the many activities provided by community members and organizations. The library has worked with Third Street businesses to provide a story stroll. Begin at the Chamber office and head west down Third street on the south side looking for pages from Ezra Jack Keats’ classic story The Snowy Day until you reach the radio station, then cross the street and beginning at Northland Sales and Service head back to the Chamber on the north side of the street heading east. Share this story you may remember from your childhood with the youngsters in your life. Use this as a conversation starter about your favorite things to do in the winter and in the snow.

The library is highlighting the work of the local chapter of Rotary with its Icebox Days scavenger hunt of their eight Wee Little Libraries. The local Rotary has focused on “Love of Reading Early” (LORE) and has put eight Wee Little Libraries up in the community that are stocked with books for the under 5 crowd. Stop by the library, pick up a form, find the eight Wee Little Libraries and return the form to the library by January 30th for a Chamber Dollars certificate for the family. Limit one certificate per family.

Reading aloud to children in the first five years of their lives is so very important and we appreciate all that the local Rotary chapter does to get books into young children’s hands. Another way for young kids to get books is to make sure they are signed up for the Imagination Library, which sends a free book to the home each month from birth to five. Families with children under five can also participate in the public library’s “Reading Ready” program which provides a free book for every 100 days they are read aloud to from conception to entering Kindergarten. Pregnant moms and their partners are encouraged to read aloud to their children during the second half of their pregnancy as it is much easier to build the habit when you aren’t also dealing with a newborns schedule and demands.

Game day at the library will be Saturday, January 27th from 10 am – 2 pm. Join us for board games and pizza. Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by an adult. Anyone wanting pizza will need to be here by 11 am so we know how much pizza to order. The library has a wide range of games available from classics to new titles, from easy to silly to educational. Come check out our collection of games and spend some time playing together.

The latest art display in the library lobby is by Ben Sunne of Up North Anything Photography. Library staff are thoroughly enjoying his nature photography and love hearing folk’s comments about them. Don’t miss your chance to see his work.


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