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National Library Card Sign-Up Month activities planned

By Guest Columnist Renee Rayburn, LBPL Youth and Technology Services

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Hello, Long Beach!

September is a special month for libraries. After all, it is dedicated to a card that can take you to any place you want to go, tell you stories of great adventure, the mysteries of science and nature, and the history of universe…and all for just your signature.

That’s right. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. The library is planning lots of fun things for our patrons. Make sure to “check them out.”

We will be partnering with the Gulf Coast Wildlife Rehab for “Meet Our Wildlife” on Second Saturday Story Hour every month. Each month, a special animal and their caretaker will visit, and we will read a story and learn about the animal. This family program is open to all ages and is a great way to learn more about the local wildlife in Mississippi. The next scheduled story hour will be Saturday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s wing of the library.

Preschool Story Time will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday from Saturday, September 4, through Monday, September 6. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7.

There is no meeting scheduled for the month of September for the Board of Trustees.

Although September is usually the month that the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library begin their yearly meetings, they have not scheduled a time to start meeting again as of yet. We will let you know when they have resumed regular meetings.

The Long Beach Book Club also has not resumed regular meetings but are looking to do so in the fall. Anyone interested in joining the book club can call the library at 228-863-0711, and the staff will redirect you to the Book Club’s contact person. It is free to join.

As a reminder, the library hours have returned to regular business hours. We are now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please do not forget that, due to the rise in COVID variant cases, it is required to wear a mask inside the Long Beach Public Library.

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

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