LOGAN – Despite inclement weather and an ongoing pandemic, the Logan-Hocking County District Library continues to host events and activities.
All current events are virtual because of COVID, Mary Leffler, library director, said in an email.
The library hosts Virtual Storytime on its Facebook page every Wednesday at 10 a.m., Leffler said. Each week’s story time has a theme and several books are read aloud by a children’s librarian.
Next week’s virtual story time theme, on Feb. 24, is snow, according to the library website. Previous and upcoming themes include bears, sports and St. Patty’s Day. Virtual Storytime videos run from about 20 minutes to 40 minutes long.
On Fridays, the library hosts virtual Craft Together! Kids at 10 a.m., also on its Facebook page. Each week’s Friday craft time has the same theme as Wednesday’s story time. Previous crafts include sock snowmen, cotton ball Santas and construction paper reindeer. Participants can pick up craft kits from the library for each week’s video any day of the week, Leffler said.
But the library offers even more. This past summer, the library offered a virtual sign language class, two virtual Spanish for Kids series, and also hosted several one-time events in the fall.
At the moment, the library is supporting reading challenges through its online reading challenge program, Beanstack, at hocking.beanstack.com, Leffler said in an email. “It is an ‘on-demand’ program; patrons add challenges as they desire. Currently, we have a Black History Month reading challenge, and a 1,000 books before kindergarten challenge.”
The library is also working on re-establishing its Craft Together! for teen and adult audiences. Craft Together! for adults and teens will be pre-recorded and posted on the library’s Facebook page on Thursdays at 3 p.m. in March, Leffler said.
The library is also preparing for a possible in-person summer reading program, from June 2 through July 21.
“We are planning our events with social distancing, and masks if needed,” Leffler said in an email.
Both branches, the Laurelville Branch and the Logan-Hocking County District Library, are open for in-person use and browsing. Both branches offer curbside and in-person pickup, too.
The Logan branch, at 230 E. Main St., is open Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Laurelville branch, at 16240 Maple St., is open Monday, Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Saturdays and open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More information can be found at www.facebook.com/Logan-Hocking-County-District-Library-504401022945898/ or www.hocking.lib.oh.us/.