By Amy Martin
Children’s Services, Warsaw Public Library
WARSAW — 2020. No explanation is really needed. Certainty used to be a “thing,” but the concept seems remote these days. The library has had to conform to some guiding principles from the government and has had to make some decisions and curtail some of the activities for which we’re known, at least for a while. We consider ourselves to be an essential part of the community, but some of the things we can normally offer, like LEGO sets and toys for free play, are on hold for the time being.
Fortunately, we were able to offer our Summer Reading Program, making some changes that worked so well that we may continue them after the pandemic subsides. It was wonderful to see the young patrons return when we reopened in June, and many have continued visiting us to pick up resources and enjoy contactless activities.
Virtual programming has become a valuable asset in the library’s tool chest. The library offers virtual story times three times a week, one of those live, as well as bi-weekly instructional craft YouTube videos and a forthcoming Zoom Writers’ Club for children. Pre-packaged craft kits are available while supplies last for the every-other-Tuesday activity.
Join the library for a live storytime on Facebook at 11 a.m. every Monday morning. These are done by the Children’s Services staff and last about 20 minutes. This is your chance to see Mr. Duane, Mrs. Stephanie and Ms. Amy in action. You can also join the library for bedtime stories by library staff and friends. These are posted on Facebook at 7 p.m. Thursday evenings and may be accessed later. The library staff shares their favorite stories and songs to help you get a good night’s rest and enjoy sweet dreams. This third program is a Saturday morning storytime. Tune in at 9 a.m. on the YouTube channel for some time with your library friends.
The library has partnered with the Parks Department to contribute to their wonderful Imagination Station virtual programs. The next one will be broadcasted online on Sept. 30. You may also want to check the library’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel for online teen programs, such as virtual escape rooms, that older kids might enjoy.
Contact the library at (574)267-6011 or online at warsawlibrary.org. The library is located at 310 E. Main St., Warsaw.