We know that many of you are facing challenging decisions right now about your child’s schooling. With many families choosing to try homeschooling for the first time, and other families who may simply be looking for more enrichment activities to do at home while other programs are cancelled, we wanted to give a heads up of what the Library has in the works for supporting families with children this fall.
No In-Person Programs Until Further Notice: As of right now, the Library will not be offering in-person enrichment programs at the library this Fall. This includes programs such as Preschool Story Hour and Spark Junior STEM. We are currently offering an online storytime once a week on Facebook Live, and may offer a once-a-week online STEM-at-home challenge if enough families express interest.
Children’s Book Curation: If you are homeschooling your child(ren) and looking for books to supplement your curriculum, we can help you choose quality, age-appropriate reading material that goes along with what you are studying (for example, books about oceans, books about shapes, etc.) Give us a call at (208) 756-2311 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff will help you find what you need. This service is available now.
Learning Tools Checkout for Hands-On Learning: We will be taking the learning tools and resources normally reserved for our in-house library programs and making them available for families to check out and use at home (i.e. magnifying glasses, Makey Makeys, coding robots and more). A number of these resources will also be available for bulk check-out to classroom teachers. PLEASE STAY TUNED for information about this program.
Hands-On Activity Suggestions: We will putting together lists of hands-on activities aligned to Idaho Content Standards for different grade levels that families can do at home, with facilitation tips suggested by our staff. This information will be available on our website when it is ready.
Take-Home Kits: We hope to build on our popular Summer Reading Take-Home kit series and offer more take-home activities this fall. Be on the lookout in the library, on our website, or on our Facebook page for this opportunity!
Depending on how the school year shapes up, we may offer additional services to help students with online or hybrid schooling. Please stay tuned.
If you have an idea for a specific service or type of assistance you think the library could offer to families during this time, feel free to reach out and let us know.