Story Hour begins at the New England Public Library, other amenities available

As the season changes from Summer to Fall, the New England Public Library is getting set to host its long running tradition of story hour.

Story Hour schedule

Posted September 26, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

As the season changes from Summer to Fall, the New England Public Library is getting set to host its long running tradition of story hour.

Hosted by the library once per month from October to April, kids 3 years old to 6th-grade gather to listen to a story, make a craft and even get a little snack.

On any given Saturday, Librarian Donna Jirges said there can be anywhere from 10 kids, to 20 kids. A parent usually hosts a Saturday, and they decide which story will be read. The story is usually related to the month, or the season.

On a few occasions, if a parent was unable to host a Story Hour, then there is a volunteer within the community. Jirges said a police officer was an example of a community member who has volunteered in the past.

The library also offers a Summer reading program that kids up to 6th-grade can participate in. The kids have a reading list and a chart to document their progress. Then at the end of of the Summer, prizes are given out.

There are many other amenities that the New England Public Library offers throughout the entire year.

You can check out numerous books or magazines. They have some audio books, and reference books. The library also is a part of the Baker and Taylor Book Leasing, funded by the American Legion, that allows the library to get 10 new titles a quarter. They also utilize Odin Interlibrary Book Exchange.

The library uses a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to support its efforts. Those fundraisers include Indian Tacos at the Wheat Harvest Jamboree, a Spring flower sale that’s helped through the Taylor Nursery, a bake sale at Christmas in New England, and they collect cans in bin in the back of the building where residents can dump the cans anytime. Also supporting the library include as mentioned earlier the American Legion, The Lions Club, and some assistance through the city sales tax.

The library also received a grant through the North Dakota State Library to purchase a laptop and a printer for public use. Copies are 10¢ per page.

The library is there for the community and Jirges appreciates what it can do for the residents.

“I think it’s great, for a smaller town, that we have one [library] here,” Jirges said.

The library is open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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