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Story hour, teen read on tap for this week

Marissa Barela is Grangeville Centennial Library’s new “story Lady.”

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Marissa Barela is Grangeville Centennial Library’s new “story Lady.”

— Where’s the hub of the community? Well, one of them is in the center of town at Grangeville Centennial Library.

According to librarian Becky Hosman, the library has a lot going on, including some upcoming activities.

“This week’s preschool story hour has a pirate theme that assistant Marissa Barela has worked really hard on,” Hosman said. Barela is the new “Story Lady.”

Story hour is today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1-1:45 p.m. (and each Wednesday at the same time). This is intended for kids ages 4-6. Parents can drop them off or attend with their child. Parents who have children younger than 4 are welcome to attend with their children.

“Marissa is doing a great job and she is assisted by Rachael Stevens and Andre Goodman,” Hosman said. Story time has evolved, she explained, to more of a theme each week and includes crafts and games as well as stories.

Teen Coffee Club continues to meet the first Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m., at the library.

“We have a great group of about 12 kids right now and invite others who would like to join,” Hosman said. The group discusses books, movies, music and even a little politics, she said. “It’s great to have teens so involved because they can sometimes be a hard group to reach.”

Coffee and donuts are provided for this club.

Teen Read Week is this week with an event set for Friday, Oct. 24: Free pizza and games from 6 p.m. to midnight.

“I know our teens are so busy with a lot of activities, but I hope to see some new faces and our familiar ones, too,” emphasized Hosman.

Family Read Week will be held Nov. 16-22 and will include a project in conjunction with Grangeville PTA Reflections. The pajama party will be held this week, too. Hosman said, “Stay tuned for further details.”

The GCL Reader’s Theater and Drama Club will present the play, “Camp Eclipse,” Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Blue Fox Theater. Kids in grades three through eight are currently in this group, along with several teen helpers. The group was awarded a $1,000 grant this summer.

In addition, a group of students will be working on podcasts with Hosman.

“I have been recording some of The Wizard of Oz and there will be other books read to podcast, so patrons and anyone who would like to listen will be able to do so through the library website,” she explained.

A variety of library-goers have also been producing book reviews on YouTube.

Hosman reminded the public that computers are also available at the library for public use.

“There is a 30-minute time limit so that everyone has a chance to use the computers,” she explained. “This has always been the policy; however, it is enforced now through our software system.”

Hosman said this system allows patrons to be more self-reliant.

“They will have a timer in the corner of their screen and will also get a two-minute warning,” she said. “Staff do not have to tell them or keep track of their time.”

Patrons who want to use the computers can sign up and will then be given a code to enter. Following their 30-minute use, Hosman explained, they can see if anyone is waiting to use the computers, take a break, then go back on.

“There are obviously exceptions, too, for longer use,” she said. “Job searching, completing resumes or on-line classes are all valid requests for more than 30 minutes time, but we just want to make sure our computers are accessible for anyone who wants to use them.”

Travelers often stop in at the library to check e-mails and social media networks, she explained, as well as regular users who come on a daily basis.

“The library is well-used,” she smiled. “And that’s exactly what we want.”

For questions call GCL at 983-0952.


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