Living in a virtual world

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Area libraries take programs to the internet

While dealing with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many families learned how to keep up with work, being a parent, keeping children in virtual classes while still trying to enjoy the first weeks of warmer weather.

The Barry Lawrence Regional Library plans annual summertime events that they are unable to host as usual this summer, so they have gone virtual.

The summer reading program is for all ages, and there are two separate programs, youth and adult.

“It is for ages 0-99 years, and if you are 100 years old or older, you can come too,” said Verna Fry, youth program director. “Due to COVID-19, we have gone virtual and have no in-house program activities. So, I am having story times and recording it, then I put it on our Facebook and YouTube pages.”

Additionally, Fry can share other links to other websites for story time.

“People can register online, under the virtual Library Sources tab,” Fry said. “We have subscribed to Creative Bug, and there is a lot to do there, for all ages.”

Additionally, the library still has the Hoopla and Libby digital book resources.

“By exploring our websites, participants will have many different options to look into,” she said. “Also, once you are registered, you begin to earn badges, then you can stop by the library for your prize.”

For the youth Summer Reading Club 2020, “Imagine Your Stories,” Fry likes to add multiple videos to one project.

“After story time, I will tell them to stay tuned for part 2,” she said. “And that will be a craft or demonstration of some kind that is related to the theme and story. For unicorn day, I made a rainbow in a bottle and taught the children how to do that.”

There are many links on the website for different crafts children can try at home.

“We also have book recommendations that go with the theme,” Fry said. “As parents are aware, due to your children being home, it is important to keep them involved, reading and having virtual interactions.”

In the adult program, Donna Lawson, adult program director, is offering virtual options as well.

“For the painting class, she is making painting tutorials to put online,” Fry said. “Then, people who are signed up can stop by the library to pick up their kits.”

For more information or to register, people can visit the website

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