Fort Scott Public Library News

Fort Scott Public Library Plans for Next Week
Submitted by Valetta Cannon
Book Bags
Miss Val has hand-picked book bags, each containing 10 books, especially for your kids to enjoy! There are bags for kids in each topic for Birth – 1st Grade and for 2nd – 5th Grades, so be sure to specify both the topic and age range you need when requesting a bag. As is always recommended, be sure to peruse the books personally before offering them to your child, and choose what age range your child is most ready for. Parents know best! To suggest topics, message, email, or call the library. The broader the subject, the better. Message the library through Facebook or call (620)223-2882 during business hours to reserve a bag.
Current topics 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, books are available in both the Birth – 1st Grade and 2nd – 5th Grades age ranges.
Volunteers Needed for Summer Reading
Volunteer Readers & Crafters Needed for this year’s virtual summer reading program! If you are interested in reading or doing craft demonstrations, please fill out this online form OR email Miss Val at [email protected]. The library can work around virtually any schedule, so long as you are able to pick up books or craft supplies at the library and you have a device with a camera and internet access. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Miss Val, but the library is especially looking for educators (active or retired), authors, artists, and anyone who loves telling a good story. The library also plans to offer “How to” craft videos to pair with craft packets, so if you have a great idea you’d like to demonstrate that goes with this year’s fairy tales, mythology, or fantasy themes (something simple enough kids or teens can do it and we can easily buy and prep the necessary supplies in bulk), let Miss Val know. Simple food craft ideas are also welcome! Information on summer reading registration and programs will be announced soon.
May 19: 10 am Flight Storytime on Zoom
               11 am Flight Storytime on Facebook Live
Join Miss Val online for virtual storytime! The library will use the Zoom platform for the 10 am storytime and Facebook Live for the 11 am event. This should remain the schedule until the library reopens, but stay tuned to Fort Scott Public Library’s Facebook page for all event updates. To attend the Zoom meeting, you will need to message the library for the meeting link, unless you have attended in the past. You may receive the link by one of two methods:

Message Fort Scott Public Library through Facebook or email Miss Val at [email protected] before the start (10 am Tuesday) of storytime, and they will send you the link. The same link will be used for all future Zoom storytimes. Zoom now also requires a password, so contact the library for that as well.

Zoom can be accessed on any pc with a camera and headset, smartphone, or tablet with online access. The application will allow families to see and interact with one another, in addition to being a part of storytime. Zoom Storytimes will no longer be recorded and posted. You will have the option of turning your video and audio on and off anytime during the meeting.
This week’s books: “The Noisy Airplane” by Mike Downs, “Flying” by Donald Crews, and “Fairy Friends”
This week’s craft: Fairy Garden & Paper Airplane
Materials Needed: For the garden: small bowl or cup, enough soil to fill the container 3/4 full, small rocks or marbles, materials to make a simple fairy (ribbon, marker, clothespin, pine cone, or etc. – see our Pinterest storytime board for ideas), and seed or seedling (you can transplant a cutting from another plant as well). For the paper airplane, just bring a sheet of paper or two and your imagination!
This week’s snack: Banana or Apple Plane
Materials Needed: A banana sliced in half lengthwise, with one half cut again into two smaller strips, or five apple slices.
For activity suggestions and more see the library’s Storytime Pinterest board.

Reserve and check out books related to the theme through the new curbside pickup service. See this list for suggestions. An active FSPL library card is required.
Read digital books related to the theme at Sunflower eLibrary or Hoopla ( account required) or eBooks for Kids (for residents of Kansas only).


Teens & Tweens:
Due to a lack of participation this week, the library will host an identical teen program next week. Join Miss Val for a virtual crafternoon on Wednesday, May 20 at 4 pm. Dragon crafts are the theme of the day, so bring along a few sheets of paper, scissors, and drawing/coloring tools and/or Sharpies and clear marbles (with or without a flat side) for the second craft.
The library would like to know what days and times work best for you! Please take this poll to help decide the future of this virtual program.
The same Zoom link will be used for each meeting. If you did not attend, to receive the link, message the library or Miss Valetta on Facebook, or send an email to [email protected] Zoom meetings require a device that has a camera and microphone, such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. You may choose to disable your video or audio at any time, and feel free to use a free Zoom background (just do a search and lots of them will pop up, along with instructions) if you don’t want everyone seeing your real life background. You may want to install the Zoom app before the meeting starts to make things easier. It is available on Google Play, Apple, and on their website. This event is for middle and high school students only. #FSPLFighters

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