Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter May 2020

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Fort Scott Public Library
May 2020

Welcome

We hope you enjoy the Fort Scott Public Library newsletter. You are receiving it because you provided us with your email address for library notifications. If you don’t want to receive future editions, you can unsubscribe using the link in this newsletter, or email the library fsplcirc@gmail.com, and we will remove your address from the list.
Previous editions of this newsletter are available on our website: fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org

The Library Building Will Be Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Curbside Service

Fort Scott Public Library is offering curbside pickup of library materials. We encourage patrons to log in to their accounts and place holds. Patrons who prefer may call us at (620)223-2882 or email either fsplcirc@gmail.com or fortscottlibrary@yahoo.com. We will limit holds placed by phone to 5 items. Patrons may also borrow newspapers and magazines. Email or call with the titles and dates needed.
The only items available to check out are those physically in our library. Eventually the service that moves library items from place to place will be working again, but for at least the next couple of weeks, we’re limited to what we have here. If you log in to your account at www.seknfind.org, your choices will automatically be set to items located at Fort Scott Public.
Are you unsure of what books to get for your child, or just don’t have the time to browse the catalog? Miss Val is here to help! Every week, she will compile collections of ten books on specific topics for you to check out. See the library website or Facebook page for a list of current topics available, and feel free to contact Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com to make suggestions for future topics. Collections are compiled by both topics and age ranges of birth to 1st grade or 2nd to 5th grade. When calling or emailing the library to reserve a collection, just ask for the book collection listed online, or request a list of current topics. If one you want has already been taken, we will tell you what topics remain. You may even find a few goodies from Miss Val in your bag!
Emails and texts are automatically generated when we scan holds. The items won’t be available to check out until we have scheduled a time with you. We will call patrons to schedule a time to pick up their items. We encourage everyone to log in to their accounts and verify that their contact information is correct. If you need assistance logging in, please email us at either fsplcirc@gmail.com or fortscottlibrary@yahoo.com. Include your account number (library card number) in your email.
You can find instructions about how to log in to your account and place holds by looking in the “how to” section on our website: fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org.
We will have a table outside the library where we will place items to be picked up. Patrons should call the library when they arrive and give us their library card number. We will put the items on the table to be picked up. We ask that people stay away from the table while library staff are outside.
We will place your items in bags before putting them on the table. If you prefer to use your own bags, let us know when we schedule your pick up time. When you arrive, call us to let us know you’re here, place your bag on the table, and move away from the table. Library employees will put your items in your bag and return to the building.
People who need us to put the items in their vehicles should let us know when we are scheduling their pick up times. Please open your trunk and remain in your vehicle when you let us know that you’re here for your holds. Library staff will place your items in your trunk.
In the event of inclement weather, items to pick up will be placed on the counter inside the Second Street entrance. Please wait until staff have re-entered the main building before entering to pick up your items.
We will have an area outside the building in which we are offering free books. Please limit browsing to one person at a time. We will refill the selection of free books as needed. Please remain an appropriate distance away from library employees refilling the free books boxes.
We are quarantining all returned items for several days.
Please maintain appropriate social distancing while library employees are outside the building.
Please stay home if you are sick.
We are not accepting donations of any materials at this time.
A note to our wi-fi users: In order for us to keep the wi-fi available while we are offering curbside circulation, we ask that you please not occupy the parking or sidewalk area on the north (Second Street) side of the library.

Book Bags for Children

 
Bagged collections of books for children available for curbside check out
Are you unsure of what books to get for your child, or just don’t have the time to browse the catalog? Miss Val is here to help! She has compiled collections of ten books on specific topics for you to check out. See the library website or Facebook page for a list of current topics available, and feel free to contact Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com to make suggestions for future topics. Collections are compiled by both topics and age ranges of birth to 1st grade or 2nd to 5th grade. When calling or emailing the library to reserve a collection, just ask for the book collection listed online, or request a list of current topics. If one you want has already been taken, we will tell you what topics remain. You may even find a few goodies from Miss Val in your bag!
 
Here are the topics currently available: Boys’ General Interest, Classics, Community Helpers, Dinosaurs, Disney Stories, Fantasy, Farm, Girls’ General Interest, LEGO, Silly Stories, Sports, Spring, Superheroes, Star Wars, Vehicles, and Zoo Animals. For most topics, we have books in both the Birth – 1st Grade and 2nd – 5th Grades age ranges, but always choose what you think your child is more ready for.

Digital Resources

Digital Library Accounts

If you don’t have an account with us, and you live in Bourbon County, we can create an account that gives you access to digital resources. Create an account at www.seknfind.org and we will email you information about using it to access hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary.

At present, we are not able to create new accounts for checking out physical items.

Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV episodes, movies, music, and more. All you need is your library card login and a valid email address. Ask us if you need assistance.

Download ebooks and audiobooks. All you need is your library card login. Ask us if you need assistance.

 
 
 
Download ebooks and audiobooks from the State Library of Kansas. All you need is a Kansas Library eCard. Ask us if you need assistance.

For Kids

Virtual Storytime
Tuesdays 10 am Zoom
11 am Facebook Live
Stayed Tuned for Announcements about this year’s Summer Reading Program!
Join Miss Val online for stories, songs, & crafts Upcoming Themes: Flight & Alphabet.
Click this link on Tuesdays at 10 am to join the Zoom storytime. To receive the Zoom password, email Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com or message the library’s Facebook page. Suggest your child’s favorites here.

 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Join our free early literacy program and steer your baby or preschooler toward academic success! Studies show that children who are read to from an early age develop better vocabulary, make more connections in their brains, and form the needed skills to read by themselves much quicker than their average peers who are not read to. Sign up by sending your name, child’s name and age, and contact information to Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com. Track your child’s reading online or on paper by recording every time you read a story to your child. Once you reach 100, send Miss Val a message at the email above. Take a photo of your child (you may print a milestone paper for the photo from this website. When the library reopens to the public, Miss Val will give your child a sticker and book for each milestone achieved while we were closed. Take a look at our awesome readers here.
           

FIGHTERS for Teens & Tweens

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Stay tuned for announcements about this year’s teen summer reading program!
Middle & High School Students, join Miss Val on Zoom Wednesdays at 4 p.m. for a free program just for you!
FIGHTERS stands for Familiar Inviting Group Helping Those Entities Recover from School. The name was chosen and voted on by our members.
Online meetings occur each week, and specific details will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. You will need to use this link to join the Zoom meeting. You will also need to contact Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com or through the library’s Facebook page in order to receive the password required to join the meeting.
Fort Scott Public Library
201 S. National Ave.
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
620-223-2882
fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org/

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