Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter June 2020

Kids Summer Reading

Upcoming Virtual Events:  
June 2: 
10 am: Zoom Princesses & Princes Preschool Story hour with
Miss Val & stories read by educator Jeff Pommier
11 am: Zoom Princesses & Princes Elementary Story hour, with Miss Val & stories read by educator Angie Bin
2 pm: Pre-recorded video of the preschool stories will release on Facebook and YouTube
2:15 pm: story video for elementary students releasing on the same platforms.
3 pm: Scouts Leader Cyndi Goebel will demonstrate how to make the week’s craft in a pre-recorded video released on Facebook and YouTube. All Zoom meetings will require a password which you can obtain by messaging the library or emailing Miss Val at
The above schedule should remain our normal schedule throughout the summer, with only themes, guest readers, and craft demonstrators changing from week to week. Craft supplies to go along with the demonstration videos have been distributed in summer reading packets.
June 9: Educator Ashley Morris will be our guest reader and the theme will be Grumpy Creatures for Preschool and Fantasy Creatures for Elementary. Melinda Seaver will be our craft demonstrator.
More topics and guest readers to be announced soon.

Weekly reading reward and frequent craft packet pickups will be available on Fridays, starting on June 5, from 9-11 or 1-3. You will need to call 223-2882 or email Miss Val to schedule an appointment for pickup.
We need more readers and crafters! Please consider signing up here to do a video for our community’s youth.
See Magician Jeff Quinn online! The library will present a magician’s performance tailored to our library online from June 13 – 21. We will share the link to the video through our website and Facebook page, with possible links through other social media. Stay tuned!
Jeff Quinn
                                    June 13 – 21

Tween and Teen Summer Reading

Events for Middle & High School Students  
Wednesdays at 4 pm, Join Miss Valetta on Zoom for the Teen Summer Reading Program! All Zoom meetings will require a password which you can obtain by messaging the library or emailing Miss Valetta at

Zoom can be accessed on any pc with a camera and headset, smartphone, or tablet with online access. The full application will allow participants to see and interact with one another, in addition to being a part of summer reading. You will have the option of turning your video and audio on and off anytime during the meeting.
After each meeting, Miss Valetta will go on the House Party app to play games with any teens who want to join her (with parental permission).
This week’s activity: Painting on mini canvas & Discussing upcoming meetings

You may pick up your painting supplies prior to this meeting in your summer reading packet, which may now only be received during curbside pickup. Call the library between the hours of 9-12 or 1-3, Mon. – Fri. or 9-12 Sat. and request a packet. You must be a middle or high school student to participate. Your grade is the one you will start in the fall.
Weekly reading reward and frequent craft packet pickups will be available on Fridays, starting on June 5, from 9-11 or 1-3. Rewards are only for the week prior, not the current week. You will need to call 223-2882 or email Miss Val to schedule an appointment for pickup.
More opportunities for pre-released videos and screen-free activities for local teens are in the works, so stay tuned.

Adult Summer Reading


June 1-August 31, 2020
No assigned reading, just read one book and tell us that you read it!
  • We’ve simplified our Adult Summer Reading Challenge this year.
  • Read one book.
  • While supplies last you will receive a goodie bag for reading the book.
  • We encourage you to read more than one book for the summer, but you only need to tell us that you’ve read one.

Circulation Information about Physical Items

Holds/Interlibrary Loan
Items coming to us from other libraries should begin arriving the second week of June. Everything has to be quarantined for at least 72 hours, so transfers will take longer than usual. We will notify you when items are ready to be checked out.

All returned items are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in. Don’t worry if items that you put in the bookdrop are still showing on your account.

New Books
We’ve added many new items in the past few months. Here are some links to lists in the catalog. You may place holds on any of these, and we will schedule you for curbside checkout.

Circulation Information about Digital Resources

Digital Only Accounts/I don’t have a library card

We have created a new type of account for people who don’t already have library cards. Go to our catalog and create a new account under the “Log in to your account” prompt. Be sure to pay attention to the password you are assigned. (We encourage you to log in and change the password to something more easily remembered.)

We will adjust these accounts daily so that you will have access to digital resources. If you would like access sooner, first create the account, then send an email to either or with your name and email address.
When we adjust the accounts, we will send you an email with your account number and information about setting up your accounts with hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary.

I have a library card but I need help with digital resources

First look below and see if anything here helps. If you still have any problems getting set up, please email me at either or Include your name and account number plus a description of the problem.
You’ll need your library card number, your pin/password, and the email address you used when you signed up for your library card.
Anytime a site asks for your card number or account number, it means the entire 14 digit number. Ignore the spaces when entering it.
When you first set up an account with hoopla, it will ask you for your email and a password. Use the email you used for your FSPL account and create your own password. The next screen will ask for your library, library card number, and pin/password; your pin/password is the last 4 digits of your card number, or if you’ve changed it, use the pin/password that you changed it to. Hoopla has a limit of 5 items checked out per month. Usually it will send you an email near the end of the month if you have checkouts remaining.

When you first set up an account with Sunflower eLibrary, you will need to choose Fort Scott Public Library and enter your FSPL account number and your pin/password. If you have an Amazon account, you can link eligible checkouts to it and read them on an Amazon Kindle reader enabled device.

Hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary (Overdrive) both have apps that you can download to a mobile device. The websites should direct you to the apps.

What if I want a Kansas Library eCard?
Kansas Library eCards provide access to ebooks, databases, and other resources through the State Library of Kansas. If you need us to set you up, send an email with your name, including middle initial, and your birthdate to or, and we will get your account created for you.
You will need the Kansas Library eCard to access ebooks, but many of the databases are available without logging in if you are using the Internet in Kansas. You can experiment by going to and clicking the “Online Resources” link.

Links to Digital Resources

Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV episodes, movies, music, and more. You will need your library card login and the email address associated with it.

Download ebooks and audiobooks. You will need your library card login.

Download ebooks and audiobooks from the State Library of Kansas. You will need a Kansas Library eCard.

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