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Library shifts back to pre-COVID-19 hours, plans for summer

By Guest Columnist Renee Rayburn, LBPL Youth and Technology Services

Hello, Long Beach!

As we head into summer, we would like you to know about the changes that you will see in the next few months at your library. First of all, there will no longer be a quarantine on items once they are returned. This means that items are now being checked in and returned directly to the shelves, unless they are on reserve. Overdue fines are still not being charged at this time. Secondly, wearing a mask inside the library is recommended, but not required. Finally, beginning in June, the library will go back to its pre-COVID-19 business hours. We will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration for Summer Reading 2021 has already started, and it is REQUIRED for all participants. Forms can be filled out at the library in the children’s wing through Friday, June 11. We are off to a good start, but here’s the best news so far. We are going to be able to have some onsite programs! I have been in touch with our guests, and some are going to present their program here at the library. There will still be some done virtually, however.

Tails and tales

So, what do we have planned? With a theme like Tails and Tales, we decided to break things down week by week and devote each week to different types of animals. Granted, we won’t get to cover them all, but, along the way, we hope to learn along with our patrons.

A copy of the schedule for the preschoolers is posted on the library’s website. Preschool Story Time will begin on Tuesday, June 1, at its normal time of 10:30 a.m. We will be meeting at the Harper McCaughan Town Green across from the library in the pavilion. There, we will share a story, a song or two, and the kids will be given a take-home craft kit. For the time being, there will not be a Thursday morning story time. We will let you know when that will resume.

For children entering Kindergarten through fifth grade, programs begin on Wednesday, June 2. The schedule of these events will be posted to the library’s calendar of events page on our website, as well as to our Facebook page. Programs for families are finalized, begin on Thursday, June 3, and will be held on either Thursdays or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. They will also be posted in the same manner.

We are currently putting together some booklists that can go along with the theme this year. To find our booklists from our webpage, go to the card catalog, and, on the right-hand side, click on the Booklists tab.

I have recently added some new Beginning Readers to the collection that are part of the Blastoff! Readers: Spotting Differences series. These are Level 1 readers that have excellent pictures and wonderful information for a young reader that will help them “spot” the differences between frogs and toads, for example.

We are now offering Ebooks through Axis360. We have recently added new titles to the collection for adults, and more will follow. However, you must have a library card with the library to create an account. To create and personalize your account, you will need to go the Long Beach Public Library’s website. There you will see a button for Axis360. Click on that button, and then follow the instructions listed at the top of the page.

The next meeting for the Long Beach Board of Trustees will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day but will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, at 9 a.m.

To visit our website for any of the information or access noted above, go to www.LongBeach.lib.ms.us.

Thank you for your patronage, and continue to stay safe!

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