In 2020, even with our doors closed due to COVID-19, the Ellington Farman Library was still working to carry out its’ mission in a variety of ways. We stayed connected to our patrons with an updated online presence offering helpful links to health, census, election information and activities that provided not only fun but educational content. We offered materials for free on our front porch in large totes that included a variety of reading materials for all ages. Curbside pickup assisted students in finishing their English classes by providing them Classic Literature books when their schools had run out of copies. The library increased our financial donation to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System so they could purchase more book titles that our patrons could access online thru Libby and the Overdrive collection. The smell of sanitizer was in the air starting on June 22 as we were finally able to physically open our building to a limited capacity. Our 2020 Summer Reading Program looked a little different but we still distributed 84 weekly themed take home Activity Bags. What a special joy it was to see families in the park sitting at the picnic tables and working together on their library crafts! In January 2021 staff completed a much needed weeding and reorganizing of our item collection. We also color coded Adult Nonfiction books according to theme so patrons can easily locate a topic.
Read more of the March Ellington Farman Library Newsletter by clicking on the link below.
You… plus your child at the library is a wonderful combination! It’s almost time for National Take Your Child to the Library Day. This Saturday, Feb. 6th from 10am – 1pm you are invited to bring your favorite little one and show them all the fun things there are to do in a library! We’ll have Activity Bags they can take and make at home filled with coloring sheets, word search, poetry writing, drawing instruction and a simple craft complete with supplies. It’s a Grab a bag….Grab a Book so we have a wonderful array of books laid out with the theme centered around, (wait for it!) A Library!! Make sure you check out a book when you take a bag. We have ABC Mouse (preschool -2nd grade) on our patron computers, Farman Bear Children’s Newsletters in the children’s room, DVD’s, magazines, a room full of easy read picture books and young readers chapter books. While here you can sign them up for their very own library card. Besides the Children’s room we have a Junior section that has some of their favorite series books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, Magic Treehouse, Goosebumps and more.
A Reminder: Computer usage is limited to 1 hour at a time and we will be sanitizing each computer between users. Masks and social distancing are in practice. See you Saturday!
It’s time for the Ellington Library February Newsletter already as January seems to have flown by! We have been busy at the library with a much needed weeding in a few areas of our item collection. We’re making room on our shelves for all the new books and debut authors’ we hope to have for you in 2021. Inside you’ll also find information on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) you can make an appointment to attend at our library. February brings the national “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on February 6th which we’ll be participating in. You’ll find the monthly listing of new items at our library in all genres. The Winter Reading Challenge, book reviews and a few other miscellaneous items round out the news. We’d like to remind you that you can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter delivered right to your in-box by sending your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Email newsletter ” in the subject line. That’s it! We’ll use whatever email address the request was sent from. If you are concerned about privacy we will keep all email addresses hidden when we send the newsletter out. You may still request a printed copy at the circulation desk if you do not wish to receive one digitally. Click on the link below and keep informed of everything happening at the Ellington Farman Library
Ellington Farman Library will be participating in National Take Your Child to the Library on February 6th from 10am – 1pm. There will be Take & Make Craft bags, activity & coloring sheets for each child. You can play ABC Mouse on our patron computers. Stop in the Children’s Room and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Farman Bear News. Take this time to visit the library with your child and it will help them feel comfortable in a library environment. Masks and social distancing are in practice.
Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open. —Laura Bush
Hey parents, we have a monthly Farman Bear Children’s Newsletter created just for your favorite little one! Every month it will include a craft, activity ideas, poetry, reading book list and a coloring page. This month they can earn a prize by bringing back the completed word search. Next month might include a simple yummy recipe they can easily make. Our reading list will include books that are available at our library and will correspond to a monthly theme. This month- it’s Snow! Even if your child is not an independent reader you can have fun doing the activities together and reading with them. You can come pick up your newsletter in the Children’s room or click on the link below to view it online
Ellington Farman Library’s first newsletter of the 2021 year: In the library it may seem like January is quiet and peaceful with its softly falling snow outside and the coziness of an old building full of books on the inside. Don’t be fooled! This first month of the year is when a full year’s worth of programming starts to be realized.
All future craft and art programs start in January with a trip into the unheated upstairs craft storage room to take stock of what is leftover from last year. This year we seem to have an abundance of wooden items due to donations from a few woodworkers. There are still a lot of glass jar donations and the never ending pinecone collection. These are supplemented by ribbons, cloth material and lots of beads. Put these supplies all together, throw in a hefty dose of creativity supplied by Pinterest and we come up with the first craft ideas of the year. Next we try to tie in the crafts to either a holiday, book topic or author idea and then out comes the calendar to see where we can plug those events in. Click on the link below to read the rest of the Ellington Library January 2021 newsletter
Help make history by sharing your story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as we relied on information about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1917-1918 to inform our response to COVID-19, future generations may benefit from understanding what we experienced. By collecting your stories, we become witnesses-to-history, providing insight into daily life during this global pandemic and adding to the historic record.”
There is an exciting opportunity for our community to tell about their experiences during the 2020 Pandemic. Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS) is working with Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) to capture stories which will help tell our history. SALS started and is hosting “Leaving Our Fingerprints” digital collection. People are encourage to fill out a survey about their experience through a 20 question survey. Everyone has a chance to upload 5 videos or photos as well and not all questions have to be answered. Please consider answering the survey and submitting some photos of your personal experience to record information for future generations.
Attached is the 2020 list of organizations that are offering a Thanksgiving Dinner for community members in need. Some require advance registration, while many are “To go ” meals. In any place where the community will be interacting with others, please wear masks and maintain 6ft distance when possible.
The library has had a lot of fun Autumn moments throughout the years. My favorite times have to be the pumpkin decorating programs we have offered free to the community. I was always a little leery of the possible mess involved in carving, painting or decorating pumpkins with young children. Their smiles and pride as they held up their finished pumpkins was enough to offset any mess that was made. Take a look on page four at some throwback pumpkin decorating pictures from 2016. This year Halloween came on a Saturday and the library was not open during the trick or treating hours. In past years we always took pictures of any young person (and some not so young!) that came in the library wearing their costume. Another chance for creativity to partner with fun. Leftover candy that would mysteriously show up on the circulation desk was always a welcome find!
As a librarian I particularly like placing the focus on children’s books that promote gratitude and thankfulness. We’ll be placing them on some more prominent shelves in the children’s room by the time you read this newsletter. Be looking for them as a way to help teach your children the meaning behind the holiday…. continued on the November newsletter page