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.
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.
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