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What are You Doing Now that the Library is Closed?

Library Column for Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Aug. 8, 2020 by Kristie Kirkpatrick

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I’ve heard this question more times than you can imagine since Coronavirus forced the shutdown of Washington’s libraries, along with many aspects of our daily lives. If you’re like most of the people I’ve talked with, you’d be surprised to know that library staff have continued working and, we are crazy busy!

Our newest service is called “Browse for you.” Do you need movies to pass the time, nonfiction adventure books, or a pile of books for your grade schooler to read? Has your teen read the Hunger Games series so often, it is time they “move on”?

Just call or email us, describing what you’re looking for: genres you like, specific authors or titles you’ve enjoyed; you can also include the reader’s age, interests, or anything else that will assist us in making good selections.

Our staff is here to help

If you only need a few items, WCL can mail them directly to your home. For those looking for a higher volume of materials, or books for your entire family, we encourage the use of our contactless curbside service. 

During the shutdown, library staff has continued purchasing and lending bestsellers and a variety of new items. We’re lending Discovery Passes, Fishing Backpacks, STEM Learning Kits, and giving away free face masks. Contact us with your needs and we’ll do our best to meet them.

With Coronavirus providing many residents with more free time, there’s never been a better time to participate in Summer Reading. This year, we are providing curbside crafts, fun town scavenger hunts, and chalk obstacle courses. Prizes will be awarded to all Summer Reading completers, ages 0 to 100+.

One of the biggest challenges for WCL staff has been online programming. Families have enjoyed professional children’s programs including The Traveling Lantern Theater Company and Charles the Clown thanks to support from Pioneer Title Co.

Visit the library’s website to learn about or access the following and more:

Kanopy Film Streaming
Downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks
Weekly Trivia Contests
Book Clubs
YouTube Channel
Mango Language Learning

…this is a small taste of what we’ve been doing since our buildings closed.

We are your public library staff and we are here to serve you

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