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For Immediate Release, May 21, 2020:        

Summer Reading & Summer Food Program at the Library

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library is gearing up for our annual Summer Reading Program with a new online twist in this new socially distanced world. Most families are well along on the journey toward the time when there is “nothing to do”, we encourage parents to remember that the Summer Reading Program at the library may be the answer! Children may begin checking out and reading books for this program on June 1st. Participants will have until the program’s completion on July 25th to reach their reading goals.

This year patrons will be asked to “Imagine their Story” in a new way this Summer. Readers will be asked to accept the challenge to read 12 hours between June 1 – July 25. Children will receive a prize for every for every four hours of reading which will be added to their treasure chest. Adults are also encouraged to participate and will receive a prize for completing 12 hours of reading. To register for the program go online to https://pottwab.beanstack.org. Click “Sign in” and sign up for a free account. Register an individual and then add any family members to the account. Pre-registration is open now and readers may start logging their reading on June 1st.

Readers may also work to earn a large collection of activity and review badges. To earn a badge in Beanstack readers must complete the required activities listed for each. Most activity badges require participants to view virtual programs and storytime sessions saved on PWRL’s YouTube channel. Completing some activity badges will earn readers extra prizes and every badge earns the reader an additional entry into the end of Summer Prize Basket Drawings.

The 2020 summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story” encourages participants to expand their minds through reading as they explore new universes during their annual summer reading experience at the library. Children may participate at any PWRL location, including libraries in Alma, Alta Vista, Eskridge, Harveyville, Olsburg, Onaga, St. Marys, and Westmoreland. Pre-readers are invited to join the program with a parent or helper who will read to them as members of the “Read-to-Me Club.” All readers will be asked to check out library books at their reading level and record them to earn credit in the program. 

Studies show that children who continue to read during summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes. The library’s summer reading program provides a chance for children to keep up their reading momentum and have fun at the same time. Special activities and extra reading opportunities will be scheduled each week throughout the summer to help promote the summer reading program and give children an opportunity to exercise their creative side.

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Reginal Library will also host a Summer Food Program that will be conducted as part of the annual Summer Reading Program. PWRL, with the help of the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and in partnership with the Kansas Department of Education, will be providing free shelf-stable sack lunches to children during the summer through the USDA Federal food and nutrition program. Due to the upheavel caused by the Pandemic, Catholic Charities currently has a waiver from the USDA that will allow Parents or caregivers to receive up to five days of shelf stable lunches with milk for every child 18 and younger in one curbside pickup.

Meals will be served June 1 – July 25th as part of the activities surrounding PWRL’s annual Summer Reading Program. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child 18 or younger may receive lunches, and are also welcome and encouraged to participate in the Special Online Summer Reading Program planned at each of PWRL’s eight locations in Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee Counties.

Library staff is working with each school district to get flyers and instructions for Beanstack sent to each child. Flyers and instruction sheets will also be posted to the PottWab Regional Library website and Facebook page.

The daily Summer Food Program and Summer Reading activity schedule for each community that the library serves is listed below. See the Library website for more details on the special activities planned at each location as the summer progresses.

Alma: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL Alma Branch Library, 115 W. 3rd, Alma, KS from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each Tuesday. Special weekly craft packets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Alta Vista: We will not be serving meals at the PWRL Alta Vista Mini Library, 310 Center, Alta Vista, KS. Special weekly activity sheets will be available to pick up each Wednesday.

Eskridge: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL Eskridge Branch Library, 115 S. Main, Eskridge, KS from 11:30 – 12:30 each Tuesday. Special weekly craft packets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Harveyville: Curbside meals will be served at the Harveyville Methodist Church, 371 Wabaunsee, Harveyville, KS from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Weekly activity sheets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Olsburg: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL Olsburg Mini Library, 318 N. 2nd, Olsburg, KS from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. each Thursday. Weekly activity sheets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Onaga: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL Onaga Branch Library, 313 Leonard, Onaga, KS from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each Tuesday. Special weekly craft packets will also be available to pick up at that time.

St. Marys: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL St. Marys Headquarters Library, 306 N. 5th, St. Marys, KS from 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. each Tuesday. Special weekly craft packets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Westmoreland: Curbside meals will be served at the PWRL Westmoreland Mini Library, 315 Main St., Westmoreland, KS from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each Thursday. Weekly activity sheets will also be available to pick up at that time.

Please plan to visit your library or make an appointment for no-contact pickup of library materials. Read books, attend online virtual programs, pickup crafts packets, activity sheets, and get lunch to go. Participants will earn prizes as they read along with us this summer! For more information about the Summer Reading Program, or any aspect of library services, call the St. Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778 or go to the Library website at http://www.pottwab.org.

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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2020

Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library Reopened to the Public

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library reopened to the public, including libraries in Alma, Eskridge, Onaga, St. Marys, Alta Vista, Harveyville, Olsburg, and Westmoreland on Monday, May 18th. In the effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and to keep both patrons and staff safe, social distancing is being enforced. Everyone is asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in the Library. Library staff members have free cloth masks for any patron who does not have one.

The number of patrons allowed at each library location is being regulated, based on the size of the building. Patrons are asked to check in with Staff when they arrive for further guidance. Patrons are also asked to please limit visits to essential business only at this time to protect both themselves and others.

PWRL will continue the No-Contact Curbside pickup of Library materials during regular library service hours for those that prefer that service. Patrons should feel free to reach out to Library staff to place their orders for books, movies, and audiobooks by phone, e-mail, or through an online library account at https://pottwab.agverso.com/. Staff are happy to checkout and pack the requested items and contact the patron to arrange a pickup time. Once patrons arrive staff will set the materials outside for a no contact pickup. Library Staff universally reports that patrons have been very happy with the service and excited to continue their reading and watching adventures.

PWRL’s eLibrary resources are still available 24/7

PWRL has expanded its services to include digital eBooks and audiobooks. Library card holders can borrow and enjoy digital media anytime, anywhere by clicking the link on the library’s website at www.pottwab.org or visiting the Sunflower eLibrary site directly at www.sunflowerelibrary.org. Instructional guides for using the sunflowerelibrary and many other popular online services can be downloaded from the library website at home.oct.net/pwrlad/onlinepatronaccts.html

During the shutdown, PWRL removed the password requirement from the WIFI networks at all eight PWRL locations. Patrons may continue to access free WIFI Internet from outside the Library in parking areas. In this difficult time, staying digitally connected is more important than ever before. PWRL welcomes community members who need high speed Internet to bring their devices and use the Library WIFI to make those important connections.

The Library has contracted with Zoobean’s Beanstack online reader management service to help manage PWRL’s annual Summer Reading Program. The Beanstack service is designed to allow PWRL additional options for hosting community wide reading challenges in this pandemic environment. The hope is that, even if the Library is not able to physically host the group activities that have become the backbone of our traditional Summer Reading experience, we will still be able to virtually connect with patrons and encourage their Summer Reading adventures.

PWRL’s Annual Summer Reading / Summer Food Program will be held from June 1 – July 25. We will be releasing more information about this year’s program soon, so please stay tuned!

Library staff is available to answer questions by email at pwrldr@gmail.com. If you don’t have email, leave a voicemail by calling (785) 437-2778. We will return your calls as we are able.

 

Find more information and updates about library services that are available to you during this time at www.pottwab.org  or by following the Library Facebook at facebook.com/pottwab.reglib.

 

We appreciate your patience in this rapidly changing situation, and we are thankful to everyone that is helping to keep our community safe.

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Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library Offers Digital eBooks and Audiobooks

Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere 

Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library has expanded its services to include digital eBooks and audiobooks. Library card holders can borrow and enjoy digital media anytime, anywhere by clicking the link on the library’s website at www.pottwab.org or visiting the Sunflower eLibrary site directly at www.sunflowerelibrary.org.

If you have a device that you can use to read digital content and want to try eBooks, or would like to have some new audiobooks you could listen to on your MP3 player or other device, then Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library has a great new service for you!

Users may browse the library’s digital content website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets. The Sunflower eLibrary service is also compatible with Amazon Kindle devices. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! If desired item is already checked out, users can place a hold. They will be notified by email when the item becomes available. Library staff can always help you if you need assistance!

PWRL has contracted with OverDrive to provide patrons with this new access to digital content through the Sunflower eLibrary. This service is available in addition to statewide access provided by Kansas Library Card digital resources, such as the 3M Digital Library for eBooks and One Click Digital Library for digital audiobooks. Using Sunflower eLibrary patrons can easily browse and check out digital audiobooks and eBooks online. Best of all the service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so users are free to use it whenever their schedule allows!

The Sunflower eLibrary service is free for PWRL users with a library card. To get started enjoying digital eBooks and audiobooks visit www.sunflowerelibrary.org. Click the link at the top of the page labeled “Discover the Next Generation experience” for an overview, including a how-to video. Additional information, including a link to free software downloads, can be found by clicking the Help button on any page of this website. The OverDrive Media Console App is also available for free download from various app providers including the apple app store and the Google Play store. This app can be installed on many mobile devices and allows users to download content directly from the Sunflower eLibrary site to their device without the need of a computer to complete the transaction.

All PWRL locations, including libraries in Alma, Alta Vista, Eskridge, Harveyville, Olsburg, Onaga, St. Marys, and Westmoreland, have computers with high speed internet and WIFI that patrons can use for free! If you’re ready to give digital eBooks and audiobooks a try but don’t have a computer or internet access you can do it all at the Library! Patrons may read or listen to eBooks or audiobooks at the Library, or bring their mobile devices and transfer checked out items to it.

This new service will allow PWRL to add thousands of popular digital items to the Library’s collection. Sunflower eLibrary also gives easy access to a huge collection of free public domain titles and don’t count against patron checkout limits. We are very excited to be able to offer this new option to our patrons!

If you don’t already have one, come get your Library card today! Your card is the key to gaining access to the over 100,000 physical items the Library has available to borrow through PWRL’s online library catalog, as well as around the clock Internet access to the new digital collection!

To explore this new resource, visit the Library website at www.pottwab.org and click the link for the service or visit the Sunflower eLibCopyright 2010-2012 Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library All rights reserved. Headquarters: 306 N. 5th Street, St. Marys, KS 66536 - (785) 437-2778 Comments on this web page? send mail to: pwrldr@gmail.com Last update: 03/31/2020 Web Design and Development by Patti Peterson rary directly at www.sunflowerelibrary.org. For more information about the digital eBooks and audiobooks, or any aspect of library service, call the St. Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778 or go to the Library website address listed above.                

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