BY MEGHAN FLYNN Garden City Telegram
Winter programming has begun at the Finney County Public Library.
Pam Tuller, executive director of the library, said during the holidays programming changes at the library changes to something once a day, usually in the middle of the day. Now that the holidays are over, they are getting back into regular programming.
“We’re still doing Tween Time, which is kind of your 10-12 year olds, on Mondays and The Young and the Restless program, which is for 6-9 year olds,” she said. “It’s kind of like story time but it’s more along the lines of crafts and experiments and we’ll read about (a topic) and then we’re going to do it.”
They also have Story Time on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., Movie Mania on Thursdays at 4:40 p.m. and Game Night on Fridays at 4:30 p.m.
Another program is the Computer Basics Class, which helps people unfamiliar with computers, Tuller said.
“We talk about turning it on and this is a mouse and some other things like this is how you make and email; this is how you get onto Facebook. Very simple,” she said. “Then, if people have more questions or have device questions, they can set up an appointment to specifically go over that.”
Additionally, they have the program “Introduction To …” This week the topic is How to Open a Bank Account.
Eren Jimenez, Adult Programming staff member, said the program gives the basics of what to look for and to take into consideration when setting up an account.
Also, they have a presentation coming up on all the different resources at the library, Jimenez said.
“Even since COVID and we had to close we’ve been able to add a lot more digital resources that sometimes our patrons don’t know about, so I thought it would be pretty handy to be able to do that,” she said.
Hoopla is their more popular digital resource, and Cloud Library has recently been added, Jimenez said. They also have NewsBank, which is used to look up different news articles from around the country and Niche Academy, which can find video tutorials on how to do things like photography, auto repair, etc.
Tuller said Hoopla has been available for a couple of years but hit its peak during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Cloud Library is just books and eBooks, it doesn’t have streaming.
“Soon, hopefully sooner rather than later, we will be getting magazines (on Hoopla), so they’ll be able to search magazines instead of coming in,” she said. “A lot of magazines aren’t in print anymore, they’re only digital … I’m so excited about that.”
A new program that will be starting up is called Worms Around the World for teens, Tuller said. It’s similar the Flat Stanley program in which a laminated picture of Flat Stanley can be sent to a friend of a child’s parent who lives in another state, and they take pictures of Flat Stanley doing things there and they get to experience what it’s like there when Flat Stanley is sent back.
“That’s what we’re looking at doing, joining this Worms Across the World program to start including not only cultural, but really find out how life is lived in other countries and other parts of our United States,” she said. “That’s something we’re starting this winter.”
A new event is a Pokémon Scavenger Hunt on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.
Jimenez said everyone can participate in it. Registration is required, which can be done on the library’s website through their calendar and all a person needs to give is a name, phone number and email address.
Cutouts of different Pokémon will be scattered throughout the library and each cutout will have a code on the back, Jimenez said. Pokémon is popular in Garden City and is something people of all ages enjoy, so, so she made it with that in mind as something fun to do and will help people explore the building and see the different resources and books it has.
“It’s a pretty fun game, everyone that registers automatically gets a little sweet treat … and then at the very end of the scavenger hunt once they turn in their scavenger sheets, I’ll go look through it quickly, and if they’re completed and accurate, they get put into a drawing to win a gift card,” she said. “It’s just a fun little interactive game for our community.”
On Feb. 6 they are planning to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Tuller said.
“My favorite part is that to celebrate this day, just follow the directions in the title and Take Your Child to The Library,” she said. “What can we do to participate in our library, so, get a library card, come to programming, find out the different areas we have available.”
Other returning programs and events include Lego Club, which is held every other week, and Anime Afternoons, which are held every other week on the weekends.
Tuller said upgrades are being made at the library. At the end of December, the front doors were changed to sliding doors and they are planning to for upgrades and maintenance to the Nature Explorer classroom area.
“They are doing periodical maintenance but we’re also putting in some fun, new features. We’re going to have a gazebo in there, we just got a canopy over our stage for shade,” she said. “It’s going to be really great; we’re hoping to open in the spring probably the first part of April is the plan.”