Lewistown Public Library Celebrates National Library Week: Rolls out new services by Kari Denison

The Lewistown Public Library invites you to “Find the Library at Your Place” this week.  The American Library Association first sponsored National Library Week in 1958 as a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers. As our country celebrates National Library Week; April 19 – 25, your LPL is rolling out a brand-new service for our patrons.

The Library staff is happy to announce book check out is once again available.  The new “takeout window” allows patrons to check out physical library items.  Exciting! 

To use the takeout window, simply login into your patron account via the Library website and login in.  Search for your desired item and choose the “place hold” option.  Placing a hold on items can also be accomplished by calling the library (Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and putting items on hold.  Library staff will prepare items for pickup and call patrons when the takeout is ready.  Items will be placed at the takeout window for patron pickup.

New programming at your LPL:

Magical Middles Story Hour is a new program for Elementary students.  Ms. Brittney reads “Here in the Real World” by Sara Pennypacker for the 3rd-6th grade students on the radio.  This exciting and new story hour can be accessed on the airwaves at KXLO 106.9 FM or live streamed at kxloradio.com.  Tune in on Tuesday and Thursday around 1:00 p.m. weekly and let the imagination take an adventure.

Join Ms. Brittney for Books & Babies Virtual Storytime Friday morning, weekly at 10:30 a.m. Tune in with your little ones aged 0-2 years old to sing songs, nursery rhymes and read a story. Storytime is live via our Library page on Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/lewistownmontanapubliclibrary/

Preschool/Kinders Virtual Storytime is Saturday morning, weekly at 11:00 a.m.  Join Ms. Brittney and tune in with the kiddos 3-6 years old for song, story and a craft.  Storytime is live via our Library page on Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/lewistownmontanapubliclibrary/

Teen Writers has also moved online.  All teens are welcome to join anytime, from anywhere.  The Teen Writers online site offers links to prompts, lessons, and information about LPL’s creative writing group for teens.  Connect at https://lplwriters.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR3qebQiJv4OclC21DXGvPQedCRnGjqJJ9B_n5SMtRVKayIjvRFEDnsvvds.  Email Brittney at brittney@lewistownlibrary.org if you are interested in participating in online workshopping during the library building closure or want to know more about this program.

New services at your LPL:

You say you don’t have a library card?  No problem!  It is now possible to sign up for an instant digital library card that will give you access to our virtual branch MTLIB2GO.  New digital cards will grant access to eBooks and audio books. Sign up is free and easy.  Visit the library website at www.lewistownlibrary.org for more information.  Those who already have a library card simply need to enter their patron ID # on MTLIB2GO to get started.

We are here for you.  Want to talk books?  Have reference questions?  Even though the Library building is closed, staff are available to take your call.  Contact 538-5212, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and connect with a Librarian.

As library services have adapted during this time, the National Library Week’s theme “Find the Library at Your Place” is fitting.  Libraries continue to offer resources and information, books, eBooks, storytimes, audio books, groups and new ways to connect – from the safety and comfort of your place of choice. 

Central Montana is very blessed to have a public library.  During National Library Week, please take a moment and consider appreciation for the Lewistown Public Library.  Your Library staff continues to strive and serve Lewistown and Fergus County to the best of our ability.  We greatly appreciate the support!   #NationalLibraryWeek | #LibrariesTransform 

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