Hello everyone! I am so excited to introduce myself as the new children’s librarian here at the Logan-Hocking County District Library.

Here is a little bit about me: My name is Hannah Ellinger and I am local to the Hocking Hills area. I graduated from Logan High School in 2016 and then attended Ohio University for four years to obtain my bachelor’s degree from the Scripps College of Communication. In November, I was hired as the new Children’s Librarian and I was overjoyed to accept the position! I have always been a kid at heart and meeting new children each day has already brought so much joy into my life; but that’s enough about me.

I have lots of exciting programming ideas that I am so eager to share with everyone. I immediately took over the virtual storytime and virtual craft videos from Mary Leffler, the director of the library who was filming them in the absence of a children’s librarian.

Once I finished filming my first virtual storytime, I was inspired. My mind became flooded with fun and creative ideas for the children in our community. My hope is to implement more virtual programs in the future to encourage fun and learning during COVID; and eventually, to implement more interactive programs in person after COVID has subsided.

Here is a look at the tentative children’s programming schedule for the next few months:

• Weekly virtual storytime and virtual crafting videos, released on Facebook and YouTube every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. Each week I choose a fun and interactive storytime theme. I read three books that match the theme and have two fun and educational activities. A craft video that follows the theme is posted on Friday as a tutorial or “craft with me.” Craft kits to match the theme each week are free and available at both the Logan and Laurelville Libraries. Kits can be picked up inside the library or via our curbside service; just call to set up an appointment.

• St. Patrick’s Day Pot-of-Gold Scavenger Hunt, running inside the library throughout the week of March 15. Children who come into the library can participate by receiving the first clue from me or one of my colleagues at the check-in desk. They will then follow the clues to various spots in the library until they find the Pot-of-Gold! All children will receive a prize for participating and their names will be entered into a drawing for a larger prize at the end of the week.

• Earth Day Celebration partnered with Rural Action. A special storytime that we hope to host safely at Kachelmacher Park. Children who attend will celebrate Earth Day and learn the importance of taking care of our home. Being eco-friendly and sustainable has always been something that is important to me, so I am very excited to spend some time with the children on Earth Day and learn together. Staff from Rural Action will attend and give a short presentation about the importance of protecting our Earth. Children will participate in Earth Day activities and will make an Earth Day craft, as well as receiving seeds to plant in a cup and grow at home.

• Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You… (taking place on May 4). Calling all Star Wars lovers! I love Star Wars, so I couldn’t skip the most important Star Wars day of the year. Again, we hope to plan a safe and socially distanced in-person program for this day, but with so much uncertainty we cannot make any promises. I would love to screen Star Wars movies at the library, give out Star Wars-themed snacks and make Star Wars crafts together. However, if we are not able to do a program in person, we will make our virtual program the coolest in the galaxy!

• Our annual summer reading program, beginning on June 2 and running for eight weeks through July 21. We are so excited to announce that we will be having an in person summer reading program this year! After the craziness from the pandemic last year, it was really important to us to bring some normalcy and fun back into the lives of the children in our community this summer. We have scheduled several special guests for our Summer Reading Program and plan to integrate fun and interactive activities with our library staff as well. Thanks to the summer meal program, free meals will also be provided for each child throughout the duration of the program. As always, registration for the summer reading program is free and will begin on April 1. Early-bird registration will end on May 26 and all those who register early will be placed into a drawing for an exclusive prize.

These are only a few of the programs I hope to implement here at the library. I am truly ecstatic to have accepted such a meaningful and rewarding position and I aspire to be here serving as the children’s librarian for our little community into the future. I cannot wait to meet all of you and introduce myself in person, but until that time I hope you enjoy keeping up with me through our virtual programs. For more information about library programming, visit the Logan Hocking Library website at www.hocking.lib.oh.us or find us on social media @loganhockinglibrary.

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