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The Kewaunee Public Library and Algoma Public Library are happy to announce that, effective June 1, 2021, overdue fines will not accrue on children and teen print materials – no matter what the age of the person checking out the materials. The libraries are excited to be following the practice of many libraries around the country and removing this potential barrier to library services.
This is their way of removing any reading barrier that they can to help increase childhood literacy and improve library access for the youth of Kewaunee County. Fines can potentially be an obstacle that disproportionately impact people without the means to pay.
Removing these fines (while still requiring the items to be returned) will allow more people to enjoy their materials for education, enrichment, and inspiration. Patrons will continue to be charged for lost or damaged items. The libraries still encourage that patrons bring back those children and teen print materials on time to make materials available to others who would like to borrow them.
Below are the headlines from the May 28, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Brown County Library’s annual summer reading program for all ages returns digitally this year. The Summer Reading Challenge is powered by Beanstack a convenient online platform that makes it simple and convenient to track reading progress.
Signup for the Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults begins Tuesday, May 25 on www.browncountylibrary.org. The challenge launches and logging begins on Monday, June 14, 2021 and ends on August 16. For those who prefer paper, hard copies of the reading records are available at the library and a printable version can be downloaded from the library’s website.
The Door County Libraries will not require masks starting May 24, 2021, per the County lifting its masking advisory due to CDC guidance. The Library Board met Monday, May 17, and agreed with the change in masking practice.
Library Director Tina Kakuske said the safety of library users continues to be a priority so the cleaning protocol will remain, social distancing is encouraged, masks are available for those who wish one, and hand sanitizer is still available.
The masking change comes before the expansion of the library’s hours. As of June 1, libraries will be open with regular summer hours, with the exception of Sturgeon Bay, which will continue to close at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 5 p.m. on Friday, and will be open until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The library will hold most summer events virtually with library book clubs having the option to meet in person or as a hybrid event utilizing Zoom. Popular craft bags will continue to be available at all branches as a take home activity. Also, pickup service will continue to be offered, even beyond the end of the pandemic.
Keep updated with the latest developments at DoorCountyLibrary.org or on the library’s social media.
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Last week's blog posts were heavy on great Summer Learning Program resources including offline programming ideas, updates from CSLP on programming for summer during COVID-19; an announcement of a webinar coming this Friday on serving Tweens and Teens; fair use and patron privacy for virtual programming and free COVID-19 ebooks for kids.
CSLP put together a set of modified summer library program materials for service during the time of COVID-19.
Below you will find instructions for how to access the additional resources (PDF download from CSLP, or editable docs using CSLP login). Beneath the instructions, you will also find a letter from CSLP about these materials.
How to Access: Online access will be made available at https://www.cslpreads.org/. A PDF version will be located on the front page of the website for easy printing and download capabilities (a red rectangular button—the large PDF downloads as soon as you click it). For a more editable version CSLP members are encouraged to sign into their CSLP account and access content from the online manuals.
Once logged into the Online Manual:
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