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LPL Kids and Families

The Longview Public Library is currently closed as part of our community's COVID-19 response, but our digital branch is always open! Make sure to sign up for Summer Reading, then check out our online events and resources for kids and families below.

Virtual Events

Family Story Time
June 19 - August 14
Fridays, 10:30 AM onFacebook LIVE

Join Becky, Jakob, and Monty for stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages. The story time will be available to watch the same day until 1 PM.

Baby Time
June 24 - August 12
Wednesday, 10:30 AM onFacebook LIVE

Join Becky and Monty for flannel stories and activities for babies. These activities will be drawn from our Beanstack challenge just for babies! The videos will be available on Facebook for the whole summer.

Choose Your Own Adventure with Jakob
June 22 - the book is done! Mondays on Facebook

Read a Choose Your Own Adventure book along with Jakob on Facebook. A new chapter will be posted each Monday and you have all week to vote for the path you'd like to take in the next chapter!

Storybook Animals Reading

Weekly Craft Challenges

We'll be posting videos of our takes on the challenges on our YouTube channel. We'll also have grab bags of supplies for many of these crafts available to pick up. Please contact Becky if you'd like one of these grab bags! Mark in Beanstack when you've done these challenges to earn additional points! Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!

Week One Craft Challenge: Sigil
Design your own medieval-style sigil using the paper cutouts that come in your SRP packet or anything you have at home. Think of ways you can make it reflect your personality or sense of style. Hang your sigil in your front window or somewhere where people in your neighborhood might see it from the street and know you're a summer reader.

Week Two Craft Challenge: Beanstalk
Grow your own magic bean! Create a structure for your bean to climb in the style of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Week Three Craft Challenge: Cardboard Castle
Make a castle out of cardboard! You can use boxes, like cereal boxes, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, or other kind of cardboard packaging. I find that the best way to build them is using masking tape, but make do with what you have. Be creative! Maybe this castle is for your toys or your cat.

Week Four Craft Challenge: Paper Dragons
Make a dragon out of paper! Is it two dimensional? Three dimensional? Does it breathe fire? You decide!

Week Five Craft Challenge: Cosplay
Dress up a favorite character from a book, TV show, or movie using materials you have at home!

Week Six Craft Challenge: Fantasy Puppets
Make a puppet of a fantasy animal using paper, yarn, google eyes, or whatever you have around the house. You can make a unicorn, a griffin, a sasquatch, or whatever else you like.

Week Seven Craft Challenge: Mermaid Jar
Catch a mermaid (or other sea creature) in a jar with this fun project. Glue a silhouette of a mermaid on the inside of a clean clear jar, then color the jar with a thin coat of paint or by gluing on pieces of tissue paper. When it's dry, you can light up the car by putting an LED tea light or battery powered set of twinkle lights in the jar!

Week Eight Craft Challenge: Can Do Robot
Make a robot out of an aluminum can and other recycled materials like bottle caps, pop tabs, or old hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, etc.).


No library card required through August! TumbleBooks' databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Thank you, TumbleBooks, for supporting libraries during the closures.

More Free Books for Kids

Children's materials are also available with a library card through the Washington Anytime Library and hoopla. See our ebook resources page for information about these services.

Support for Learning at Home

Gale is offering free access to some of its subscription services to aid students during the coronavirus interruptions. If you're prompted for a password, type open.

Scholastic has provided two valuable resources for supporting kids, parents, and teachers during this time.

MidAmerica Books wants to make sure that no child will be without access to books while schools and libraries are closed to the public. Here you'll find free access to all of their eBooks and databases through June, 2020.

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