MILFORD — The Milford Public Library recently received an ARPA grant in the amount of $10,000 to rework our layout to better serve patrons in a post-pandemic world.
Instead of having desk top public access computers, laptops will be available to use on the adult floor of the library, thus allowing patrons the opportunity to social distance while using the library’s internet service. New furniture has been purchased to create a better seating environment so that patrons will be able to more easily self distance from others using the library. The new furniture is designed to be easily cleaned and sanitized, and created for comfort as well as equipped with built-in charging stations for our patrons to use when charging their devices.
Library staff will be working on making the changes this week. Please excuse any mess as staff members are switching out some computers and furniture and plan to stay opened to the public while doing so. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.
Adult Reading Club
The Milford Public Library’s Adult Reading Club ended on March 31. There were 45 participants this winter. There was a drawing each week for a $25 gift card. The following people won a gift card: Julie Baumgartner, Dorothy Haney, Viv Blakeslee, Sara Krull, Gail Weybright, Staci Weisser, Donna Kooistra, Heidi Beer, Anita Maxwell, Steve Vint and Mary Jane Kauffman. Congratulations to all the winners.
The library staff hopes everyone will keep reading throughout this year.
The library receives new materials every week. If you don’t see what you are looking for, ask a library clerk. When the stress of everyday life starts to get you down, grab a good book and disappear in the story. If you prefer a digital format, go to the library’s website www.milford.lib.in.us and click on the catalog tab at the top of the page. Then click on “Indiana Digital Library.” You need your library card number and a pin number to sign in to your account or create an account. If you have any problems, just call (574) 658-4312 and the staff will be happy to help you. There are thousands of digital books, magazines, and audiobooks to choose from.
Virtual Spring Story Time
Virtual Spring Story Time begins this week with “Fairy Tales with the Book Fairy” at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Be sure to pick up a craft packet for your child the week before so they can make a craft with Miss Maria. You can register your children for the Spring session of story time by calling (574) 658-4312 or stopping by the children’s department. You will be given a link with a meeting number so you can join the ZOOM meeting.
The themes this spring are: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ on my Head, Mother’s Day Tea: Llama, Llama Loves Mama, Down on the Farm and Spring Chickens. Virtual Story Time lasts about 45 minutes including craft and snack time. Reading to your children is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Call or stop by soon and register your children!!
April Lego Challenge
The April LEGO Challenge is to make a hot air balloon. Send a picture to the email below to be considered for this month’s prize drawing. The hot air balloon can be large or small, colorful or anything else you want. Use your imagination. After you’ve built your hot air balloon, submit a photo to [email protected] by April 25 for a chance to win a new LEGO Kit. The winner will be picked by staff vote. No library card needed. This challenge is for children ages 18 and under.