Update

Hello City of Nortonville!

We bring you more news about the library! We will be operating under the following guidelines starting June 29th.

We will be open our normal operating hours.

Only 20 people in the library will be allowed at a time, including employees.

While in the library, you must practice social distancing and remain 6 feet apart at all times.

We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when you visit the library.

We will still have a sign-in sheet to track patrons and we will be taking temperatures at the door. Anyone with a temperature above 99° will be asked to leave the library. Due to no time limits on visits to the library we will be asking patrons to sanitize their hands regularly while they are in the library.

We are opening up 4 computers as well as our gaming systems and toys. 6 feet of social distancing will be enforced in these areas.

We will begin our snack program again on Wednesday July 1st. Snack time will be from 3:30 to 4:30 Wednesday thru Friday and the snacks will be grab and go.

Our preschool story time will start on July 7th at 10am and Heather Trinkle will be helping us out with that again this summer.

The summer reading program has begun. We encourage you to stop by and see our prizes and get signed up. We also have weekly activities for school age kiddos. If you did not receive a mailer telling you about these, please stop by and get one so you know what is happening when. The activities are an excellent chance to get kids out of the house and interacting with others again!

Our courier/Inter library loan service is back up and running so we will be able to get your requested item from other libraries.

The restrooms will still be closed to the public.

We also ask that you do not carry borrowed items into the library to return. Instead, please use black return bin that is in the vestibule inside the door on the north side of the library.

Once again we thank you for your patronage, help, and understanding!
The Library Staff and Board

Nortonville Public Library Summer Schedule

June 2020

June 13, Saturday, 10:30am: Summer Reading Kick-Off. Sign up begins. We will have refreshments and prizes while learning about the Summer Reading Program.

June 17, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Grab & Go Catapult Kits. Come get a kit to build your very own catapult.

June 18, Thursday, 3:00pm: Grab & Go Kite Kits. Come get a kit to build your very own kite.

June 19, Friday, 3pm: Chalk Art!Come make your own masterpiece.

June 24, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Cardboard Forts. We supply materials, come make your own fort.

June 24, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting.

June 25, Thursday, 3:00pm: Grab & Go Sunflower Kits. Get ready yo plant your own sunflower and watch it grow.

June 26, Friday, 6:00pm: Outdoors Movie Night. This movie will be rated PG-13. Anyone younger than 13 must have their parent sign a permission form to attend the movie. Call for movie information. Refreshments will be served.

July 2020

July 1, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Fairy Mud!Come play in the mud.

July 2, Thursday, 3:00pm: Game Day. Come play games and win prizes.

July 3, Friday, 3:00pm: Castle Defense. Two teams one build up the castle the other knocks it down.

July 4, Saturday: We are CLOSED for Independence Day.

July 7, Tuesday: 10:00am Preschool Storytime. Stories, treats, movement, songs, and more.

July 8, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Treasure Hunt. Follow the clues and find your treasure.

July 9, Thursday, 3:00pm:Water Balloon Art. Might be a little messy as we throw colored water at canvases

July 10, Friday, 3:00pm: Bingo @ The Library. Prizes, prizes, prizes!

July 14, Tuesday, 10:00am: Preschool Storytime. Stories, treats, movement, songs, and more.

July 15, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Water Games. Prepare to get wet at the library.

July16, Thursday, 3:00pm: Outdoors Movie Night. This movie will be rated PG-13. Anyone younger than 13 must have their parent sign a permission form to attend the movie. Call for movie information. Refreshments.

July 17, Friday, 3:00pm: Ice Cream In a Bag. Make a cold treat

July 21, Tuesday, 10:00am: Preschool Storytime. Stories, treats, movement, songs, and more.

July 22, Wednesday, 3:00pm: Kick Ball! We will meet the Nortonville ball field.

July 23, Thursday, 6:00pm: LEGO Day. Use your creativity to complete a challenge or make something uniquely yours.

July 24, Friday, 3:00pm: It’s a Wrap! End of Summer Reading Party. Refreshments will be served. Grand prize drawings at 4:00pm. Door prizes.

July 29, Wendnesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting.

Update.

We bring you more news about the library! We will be operating from June 2nd-June 30th under the following guidelines.

We will be open our normal operating hours.

You no longer need to make an appointment to come in to the library. However, only 15 people in the library will be allowed at a time, including employees.

Additionally, your time in the library will be limited to 20 minutes, and you are only allowed 1 visit per day.

While in the library, you must practice social distancing and remain 6 feet apart at all times.

We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when you visit the library.

Along with this, we will have a sign-in sheet employees will use to track patrons who visit the library to ensure that everyone adheres to the 20 minute time limit.

We are opening up 2 computers for use at this time. You must call to make an appointment to use the computers and you will be limited to 20 minutes. You are only allowed one 20 minute time slot per day.

Our courier/Inter library loan service is back up and running so we will be able to get your requested item from other libraries.

The restrooms will still be closed to the public.

We also ask that you do not carry borrowed items into the library to return. Instead, please use black return bin that is in the vestibule inside the door on the north side of the library.

We will have information coming out soon about the summer reading program!

Once again we thank you for your patronage, help, and understanding!
The Library Staff and Board

Opening

We bring you good news about the library! In light of Governor Kelly’s announcement about lifting the Shelter in Place order, we have decided to open back up. We will be operating from May 5th-May 31st under the hours listed below as well as the guidelines that follow.

We will be open the following hours:
Tuesday 9-12
Wednesday 12-3 and 5-8
Thursday 1-4
Friday 3-6
Saturday 9-12

If you would like to come in, we recommend you call during these hours to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be permitted if traffic allows: Only 9 people in the library will be allowed at a time including employees.

Additionally, your time in the library will be limited to 20 minutes, and you are only allowed 1 visit per day.

While in the library, you must practice social distancing and remain 6 feet apart at all times.

We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when you visit the library.

Along with this, we will have a sign-in sheet employees will use to track patrons who visit the library to ensure that everyone adheres to the 20 minute time limit.

However, although we are opening, we are not allowing any computer use at this time.

The restrooms will also be closed to the public.

We also ask that you do not carry borrowed items into the library to return. Instead, please use black return bin that is in the vestibule inside the door on the north side of the library.

We are happy to be opening, and we hope you come in and see us. Please understand that we are taking these precautions to keep everyone safe.

If you have any Lysol, Lysol wipes, isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer or paper towels that you are willing to donate to the library, we would greatly appreciate them. We will have a box for you to place donated items in next to the return bin in the vestibule.

Thank you for your patronage, help, and understanding!
The Library Staff and Board

Library Closed

The library will remain closed until April 6.

Creating Lifelong Readers

I recently read an article by Karen Jensen, entitled Tips For Raising a Reader, in the School Library Journal, that I found very informative.

She suggested the following:

  • Don’t fight about books. If you do, it creates a negative environment tied to books and can make children resist reading even more.
  • Don’t use reading as a reward or punishment. Again, it sets up that negative environment.
  • Audiobooks can be good. Studies show listening to an audiobook with or without the accompanying print book stimulates the same portions of the brain as when using the print book alone.
  • Reading graphic novels is reading. Some parents resist allowing children to read graphic novels because they consider them comic books. However, the addition of pictures can help young readers put words into context because of those illustrations.
  • Reading the same book over and over is OK, even if it is below level. Children like familiar. Think how many times they will watch a movie. If they enjoy a book, they understand it better each time it is read.
  • Buy magazine subscriptions for your children about subjects they love. In fact, ask for their suggestions. Most magazines have lots of words and, again, the pictures help them put what they are reading in context.
  • When watching TV, turn on the captions. They may or not read them, but placing those words in front of them gives them another opportunity to read. It also exposes them to words above their reading level.
  • Fill your home with books. Of course, this could be expensive, but it does not need to be. Consider used book sales, garage sales and my favorite, the public library.
  • Model reading. Show your children how enjoyable reading can be by showing them.
  • Set up special reading places. A pillow and good lighting can make any spot work. A reading fort could be great, too.
  • Carry books with you all the time. You can pull them out when waiting anywhere. Young people can read in the car. Books will keep them occupied while waiting for a meal in a restaurant or during that long trip to grandma and grandpa’s house over the holidays.
  • Show interest in books your children are reading. Who is the main character? Why do you think they did that? What is your favorite part?
  • Don’t disregard digital devices. They require lots of reading. That said, they should not be the majority of your child’s exposure to reading, but can be an integral part.
  • When reading for enjoyment, let them know it OK to stop reading a book they cannot get into.
  • Free choice is important. Let them read what interests them.
  • Set up a regular reading time each day, when everyone pulls out reading material. Make it a family event.
  • Books can provide ideas, adventure, hope, goals and much more. They can allow you to imagine the impossible and escape the mundane. Life is much richer with books. It is important to share them with your children.

Inclement Weather Policy

When the weather is bad, we really try to be open. However, there may be weather we are unable to overcome and, as a result, the library is forced to close for the day. If school is cancelled or the streets are really bad, please call before you make a trip to your library. In addition, if your children are at the library, make sure they have a contact phone number for a responsible adult. If the weather declines, they need to be able to contact someone for a ride. In the end, we want everyone to be safe. You are important to us.

Total Boox

Available exclusively for mobile devices, Total Boox is a service provided by the State Library of Kansas. It give users the ability to download free ebooks. It take moments to set up and you can load as many books as you like to your Kindle Fire, Android, or Apple device.

To use this great service, you need to contact us for a free Kansas Library Card number. From there, you download the app for your device and make your selections. Titles range from Minecraft guides to adult fiction/nonfiction. It is amazing how many titles are available, with no limits. They stay on your device until you decide otherwise.

Not only does your Kansas Library Card number provide you access to this service, but also online encyclopedias, genealogy databases, children’s ebooks, audiobooks, health information and more. Check it out at kslib.info. You can only access the resources with a Kansas Library Card number, but you are free to browse to see if it is right for you.

Remember, these services belong to you, as a Kansas resident, paid for with your state and federal tax dollars.

 

HOOPLA updates

Are you using HOOPLA? It is a service, accessible by using your library card. that lends movies, ebooks, music downloads and more. Recently, they added the ebook portion of this experience, along with DC comic books. To download two free items per month, go to hoopladigital.com. Set up an account by choosing the Nortonville Public LIbrary as your home library. You will need your library card number, as well as the 4 digit pin you chose when your account was set up. If you have forgotten this information, please stop by the library and we will be happy to help.  To work, your account must be in good standing.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Use a Kansas library card number, available from your local library, to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the Kansas State Library. Simply go to www.kslc.org and choose from OneClickdigital Audiobooks, Freading ebooks, Tumblebooks ebooks for children or 3M Cloud Library ebooks. These resources are free to any Kansas resident. For more information, contact your local library.