Lewis County Louis Bennett Jr. Public Library is gearing up for the summer and is hosting several activities and events, some of which will last until the end of July. The library recently reopened to the public with limited restrictions. Customers should wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines when entering the building.
“It’s going really well. We are delighted to see our customers, ”said Library Director Katrina Smith-Johnson.
Although the library does not host indoor activities at the moment, the staff have organized various outdoor events to keep adults and children engaged and reading.
The children’s summer reading program is just one of those, and it will start on June 15 and run until July 22. Story Time takes place every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Weston Library and every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Jane Lew Park.
Registration began on May 19 and will end on June 10. The program is aimed at children up to 11 years old, with crafts and weekly prize-giving. Staff offer two in-person locations, as well as digital options. It’s a hybrid program this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Children aged 5 to 11 will participate on Tuesday and children up to 4 years old on Thursday.
Digital entrants will pick up weekly crafts / activities / prizes on Wednesdays or Saturdays at the same time each week. In-person participants ages 5 to 11 will attend Tuesdays, 10 a.m. or noon, at the library, or 3:30 p.m. at Jane Lew Park. Children under 4 will attend Thursday at 11 a.m., and if another time needs to be added, staff will do so to accommodate safety guidelines.
“Each participant will receive a phone call from the program coordinator, Alli Clark, after registration is complete, to discuss how you / your child will participate this year,” Johnson said in a statement.
For ages 12 and over, the third annual summer reading program will begin on June 14 and run until July 23. Registration for Tails and Tales began May 17 and will continue until June 12, or until spaces are filled. After registration, participants will receive a welcome package that includes rules, a weekly reading journal sheet, book recommendations, and a timeline of what to expect during the program. Three trades will also be sent home with the participants to be completed during the program.
“You have to register each week to receive weekly prizes,” Johnson said.
There will be six age groups, and the customer with the most books read and handed over to library staff in each age group will receive a book-based gift basket with an animal in the title.
Toddler Time takes place every Thursday at 11 a.m., and registrations are ongoing for the 1,000 Pound Before Kindergarten program. Registration can be completed at the loan desk, and participants will receive instructions, an activity log, a reading log and a small fee to register. For every 100 books that a child reads, they will receive a small prize and a certificate.
The library is also working with the local animal rescue organization, LUV 4 Animals, by hosting an Adopt an Animal Day on Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers and staff from the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility will be at the library. with animals available for adoption. All animals will be up to date on vaccines, and if not spayed or neutered, adopters will receive a $ 50 voucher to be used to cover costs at participating veterinary clinics.
“These are animals that would love a home forever, so if you or someone you know is looking to expand your family, please consider adopting a shelter animal,” the staff urged.
The Jane Austen Book Club meets on the last Monday of each month at 4 p.m. to discuss a shortlisted classic book. The calendar for 2021 is: May, “The Phantom of the Opera”; June, “The egg and me”; July, “The Secret Garden”; August, “The Scarlet Letter”; September, “The Hobbit”; October, “Rebecca”; November, “The Maltese Falcon”; and December, “The dog of the Baskervilles”.
Hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday, 9 am to 5 pm; Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers should call ahead – (304) -269-5151 – to make an appointment to browse the collection, use the computers, make copies or fax. The new website is www.lbpubliclibrary.com, which will give you access to links to get a new library card, a monthly newsletter, new books, instructions on how to use their eBook and audiobook features, and the calendar of upcoming events .