“It’s important to let people know you care”

Sandown librarian sets activity agenda daily

As the coronavirus quarantine heads into week two, keeping everyone socially distant – and entertained – can be a challenge.

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The Sandown Public Library.

Ms. Adrienne, the Youth Services Librarian at the Sandown Public Library, is here to help.

“Last week I heard we were going to close to the public,” Adrienne said from her home this morning. “I have two kids, 6 and 9, and I understand how hard it can be to come up with activities to do. I know there are lots of families in Sandown with kids, and I thought it would be a great idea to give them something to do.”

The library usually offers 20-25 children’s programs a month, so the idea was to keep it going during the quarantine. The plan, she says, is to keep things like this going virtually until the kids head back into school.

And while it serves to keep kids busy, it can also teach a more important lesson.

“One of the activities coming up is a gift for a loved one,” Adrienne says. “You take the lyrics to a song, maybe a favorite song, print it out, glue it on piece of paper and make it like a kite flying through air. Right now I think it’s important to let people know you care.”

Even though the library building is closed to the public, as are most throughout the state, the staff is staying busy responding to emails, checking-in materials and getting items ready for people to pick up.

Here’s a quick list of just a few of the things completed in three days last week:

  • Answered 84 phone calls.
  • Checked-in and sanitized 111 items.
  • Checked-out 465 materials.
  • Faxed and printed items.
  • Created carry-out crafts for families to pick up.
  • Created online activities for kids.

That last item is why we’re here. Every day, Adrienne posts a daily adventure at 9 a.m. on the library’s Facebook page. Activities range from sharing fun facts to building challenges.

Day 8: Building adventures

Day 7: Color fun

Day 6: History adventures

Day 5: Reading fun

Day 4: Crafting adventures

Day 3: Food science

Day 2: Fun animal facts

Day 1: Build a leprechaun trap

Bill Burke is the Dad on Board columnist for Parenting NH and the Managing Editor of Custom Publications for McLean Communications.

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