April is the Month of the Military Child.
At the Platte Public Library we are teamed up with Operation Books for Soldiers, an online forum that connects book donors with deployed soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, or Coast Guardsmen who have an APO or FPO address.
Anyone including you can sign up to donate items that you will ship directly to particular soldiers active in the U.S. military. Deployed soldiers post lists of reading material including nonfiction and fiction books, as well as magazines, that they would love to receive. You fulfill their requests that help our soldiers breathe a little easier while on tours of duty to places like Afghanistan and Germany.
Additionally, you can request for soldiers who are looking for pen pals. This is a great way to encourage your children to pick up a pen while offering much needed social support to soldiers who are often in very dangerous and isolating circumstances.
As part of this program, here at the library we have packed 12 large USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes with a total of more than 200 books. In each box we’ve tucked a few stuffed animals to use as filler and for the soldiers to give to children they meet while stationed abroad. Here at the library we had plenty of extra books to send out, but we’ve asked for donations to cover the shipping costs. So far we have enough money to cover shipping for 10 boxes! We expect to get enough money to ship the entire dozen by the end of the month. Each box costs $14.85 to ship via the USPS.
We have a donation box at the front desk of the Platte Public Library, if you would like to donate. If you have any questions, please contact the librarians at 605-337-9869 for more information.
To tie in children with this month’s project, Operation Books for Soldiers for the Month of the Military child, our April Storytime theme will be Patriotism and American Heroes. Join us April 26 at 10:30 for stories and activities. We will be making our own crayons using recycled library crayons, which we’ll then use to create greeting cards to send to troops in Afghanistan. It will be an exciting morning!
For story time we will be reading:
In case you’ve been hiding under a pile of snow, which is all too possible, you are aware of what is going on at the Platte Public Library. We have made major changes to the library.
Now when you want to come in and put your feet up with a good book or magazine, you can do it in our Readers’ Lounge. A comfy set up featuring three couches and a coffee table is located in the Community Room in the back of the library. There is also a computer with Internet access located in the lounge.
We also have a Kids’ Corner suited with bean bags and a colorful rug. While you sit and browse a magazine, your kids can grab a book from the children’s section and read in their own space.
Bring your own book or borrow one of ours. The Readers’ Lounge and Kids’ Corner is also available for meetings and social activities. Got a club meeting coming up or need somewhere to meet for your bible study group? Contact the Platte Librarians to use our space!
The Readers’ Lounge and Kids’ Corner will be open during regular library hours, which are Monday to Friday 12:30 to 5:30. For use of the space when the library is closed, please make arrangements with the librarians.
Our library book club, open to all individuals in the community, will meet on March 18 at 7 pm at the Platte Public Library. The books up for discussion include The Book Thief and Sarah’s Key. Both of these books are based on World War II with a focus on the Nazis in Europe. We are looking forward to an interesting discussion!
These books are available at the Platte Public Library. Also, you can check out The Book Thief on the OverDrive program with South Dakota Titles to Go. If you haven’t signed up for this eBook lending program, contact your librarians today so you can start checking out books on your eReader!
Heart House Village
For January our library celebrated LOVE during Story Time. Story Time is open to children of all ages, and it is held on the last Friday of each month at 10:30 am. Look in the Platte Enterprise and for signs at the post office in Platte announcing each month’s theme. For February we are meeting on Feb. 22 at 10:30 and our theme will be Getting Healthy with the Berenstain Bears!
So in keeping with the love theme, we made heart houses, exchanged Valentines, and read lots of love-themed books. Check out some of our houses and readers!
- Ashelynne read to our group. She is just starting to read chapter books, and for her to have the experience to read to this group was wonderful for her and the other children.
Listening to a good story by one of our moms, Corinne
Making the heart houses
This video montage cuts through culture with clips from films and television shows featuring libraries in their finest hours. Awesomeness for your weekend!