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We really are OPEN and eager to see you!

We still encounter people who don’t realize that the library is back open, and operating as normally as possible. We’re back to our usual hours (10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday). You may come in, browse, and check out items. We only ask that you wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. Please return checked-out items via the outdoor book return. When we collect them from the return, they are quarantined for a number of days for safety. We’re not charging late fees, so you need not worry that the items aren’t checked in right away. We even have an entire new category of items you may check out! (see below)

There are fewer computers available for use due to social distancing requirements, but there are open computers ready for use at most times. We sanitize work stations between patrons, so sometimes that causes a small delay. We’ve added a new workspace to sit with your own laptop and use our Wi-Fi. (There’s even an outlet available to charge your laptop or phone.) Our Wi-Fi has been extended to reach across the street into the park area.

As I mentioned earlier, we have a totally new category of library items available to borrow. We are loaning items and kits related to STEM education. (These are all quarantined between loans for safety!) For instance, we have simple, programmable robots (Bee Bots and Ozobots) and circuitry kits. The very newest additions are Take & Make Kits.

A Take & Make kit combines a book with a fun STEM learning project kit and age-appropriate challenge cards. Check one out, take it home, enjoy it, and learn. Each kit is quarantined for two weeks between loans for safety. (Time is the best COVID-19 sanitizer for items that are difficult to clean with soap and water or disinfectant cleaners!)

Coding Kit for Grades Pre-K through 2:

  • Hands On Coding 12-Piece Coding Block set

  • Book: “Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding” by L. Liukas

Coding kit for Grades 3-5:

  • Makey Makey Go pack

  • Book: “Secret Coders 1” by G. Yang

Design Thinking Kit for Grades 3-5:

  • Strawbees Maker Kit

  • Book: “Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveter” by A. Beaty

Engineering Kit for Grades 3-5:

  • K’nex Education Intro to Structures: Bridges set

  • Book: “How Emily Saved the Bridge” by F. Wishinsky

Coding Kit for Grades 6-8

  • Micro Bit Coding Bundle

  • Book: “Secret Coders 1” by G. Yang

Machines Kit for Grades 6-8:

  • K’nex Education STEM Explorations Vehicles Building Set

  • Book: “Gus’s Garage” by L. Timmers

Math Kit for Grades 6-8:

  • Magformers Rainbow Magnetic Construction Set

  • Book: “A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel” by M. L’Engle

Electricity Kit for Grades 9-12:

  • Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits Base Electricity (batteries included)

  • Book: “Frankenstein” adapted by E. Genco

Engineering Kit for Grades 9-12

  • K’Nex Education Intro to Structures: Bridges

  • Book: “Secret Engineer” by R. Dougherty

Math Kit for Grades 9-12

  • Magformers Rainbow Magnetic Construction Set

  • Book: “The Boy Who Loved Math” by D. Heilgiman

This kit is made possible by a PAsmart grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

We hope you will come in and make use of these new, fun, and educational additions to our collection!

The Library Lady


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