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FAMILY READING NIGHT

Family Reading Night will be held on Thursday, November 18th from 7-8 pm.  We will read stories and have crafts available.  Since this is an “after hours” event we are going to have a pajama party.  Wear your comfy jammies and feel free to bring a favorite stuffed toy. 

In preparation for this event we are having a reading challenge to go with our theme Reading Colors Your World.  The challenge is to Read the Rainbow.  Come by the library to pick up your reading challenge sheet.  Once it is completed you can bring it back to the library to get a prize.  You have until the Family Reading Night event to complete the challenge.

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

The Germantown Public Library is participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Some of you may have started this before everything shut down in 2020.  If you have completed reading the 1000 books with your child come by the library and they can collect their prize.  If you are interested in starting the program stop by to register and get started reading.  Everyone who completes the program will get a book and a special reading pillow. 

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SIUE Military and Veteran Services’ MAVRC Book Club

Military and Veteran Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville would like to invite you to our virtual MAVRC Book Club! The MAVRC Book Club is free and open to the public. For more information please click on the Book Lover’s Links just above this posting.

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3rd Annual Library Crawl

Are you ready for a Road Trip??  The Germantown Public Library is participating in the 3rd Annual Library Crawl which will be held September 27-October 17, 2021.  Get a Library Crawl Passport at the Germantown Public Library, visit 5 or more libraries and return to the Germantown Library to enter your name into a drawing for a travel themed gift bag.  Passports are due back at the Germantown Public Library by Saturday, October 23, 2021 at closing time 11:00 am.  Drawing will be held on Monday, October 25th at 2:00.  You do not need to be present to win.

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September is National Library Card Sign up Month

Anyone who owns property in the Germantown Public Library District pays an annual library tax and is entitled to a library card.  Please bring your property tax statement, a piece of mail, and your driver’s license as proof of residency and we can issue a library card to you.

Anyone who does not own property in the district but who would like a card may purchase one for $75 per household per year.

Our library cards may be used at any library in the state of Illinois.

Have you lost your library card?  A replacement card is $3.00.

The Germantown Public Library is part of the Illinois Heartland Library System.  We participate in inter-library loan and receive free delivery of materials through the library system 5 days per week.  If you cannot find an item you want at our library, the librarians can assist you in locating the item at another library in our system, the state of Illinois or anywhere in the USA.  Items requested through interlibrary loan usually arrive within a week and you may check them out as you do our own items, for 2 weeks.  There is no charge for this service.

We also belong to the Cloud Library service which allows patrons to check out items such as e-books and audiobooks.  If you like reading or listening to books on an electronic device, we have the items for you.

If you or someone in your household has a library card with us please stop by to see that the contact information is up to date and that it has not expired.  

Questions??  Our website is gtownlibrary.org , phone number 618-523-4820 and our email address is gma@gtownlibrary.org .  

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National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is an observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.  The Take Action Coalition of Clinton County has donated 10 books to our Library on substance use recovery topics.  There is also an information rack on many substances, and an educational display.  Please come on in and check this information out!

Jane Molitor and Deb Beckmann with National Recovery Month Display

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COVID-19 Guidelines as of August 16, 2021

The number of covid cases  have been rising in the population of individuals who are not vaccinated.  Since students under the age of 12 are not yet able to receive the vaccination we want to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of covid for this age group.  With the beginning of a new school year, the Illinois State Board of Education is following guidance from the Illinois Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and requiring masks when inside school buildings.  The Germantown Public School District  uses the Germantown Public Library as an extension of the classroom.  Teachers bring their students for weekly visits which allows them to check out reading materials.  In order to support the guidance put forth by the ISBE we will once again be requiring the wearing of masks when inside the library.  We appreciate your support in these efforts to keep the youngest members of our community as safe as possible.

Please use hand sanitizer, available in the lobby, before entering the library.

Water fountain and restroom are not available for public use at this time.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

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At this time there are no time limits or capacity limits for using the library.  We will keep you updated as new information is provided to us.

Current library hours are as follows:

Monday 10:00-3:00

Tuesday 1:00-7:00

Wednesday 10:00-3:00

Thursday 1:00-7:00

Friday 1:00-5:00

Saturday  9:00-11:00

Sunday – Closed

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Covid-19 Guidelines as of June 11, 2021

Phase 5 – Germantown Public Library

Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.  

Current CDC guidelines recommend the wearing of masks for anyone over the age of 2 who has not been vaccinated.

Use hand sanitizer, available in the lobby, before entering the library.

Water Fountain and restroom are not available as our cleaning service is not able to return at this time.

We will close 1 hour early each day for staff members to clean the building.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

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There are no longer time limits for computer usage and library browsing.

There are no longer capacity limits within the building.

Returns may be made to the outside drop box or to the front desk inside the library.

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Library Book Sale and Summer Reading Program

Germantown Public Library will be having a book sale on June 4th and 5th in conjunction with the Village wide yard sales.  The sale will be held during normal business hours.  Friday, June 4th 1 pm-5pm and Saturday, June 5th 9am-11am

Small plastic grocery bag – $2.00

Large paper grocery bag – $5.00

 **Bags will be provided

Individual items will be $.25 each if you do not fill up a bag.

The Summer Reading Program theme this year is Reading Colors Your World.  Registration starts June 4th.  We will be available after hours that day for anyone attending the car show.  Stop by the library and get registered.  Once we have a beginning count of participants we will contact you to pick up a goodie bag starting on June 10th and you can start reading.  Program will end on July 31st.  Art projects will be available each week starting June 14th so watch our website and Facebook page for updates.  www.gtownlibrary.org.

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COVID Assistance & Vaccination Appointment Information

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