Thursday, May 19, 2022

View from the Library: Full slate of activities coming up

by Abbi Dooley
| May 4, 2022 11:20 AM

Is spring finally here? We sure think so. We have a very busy May planned for you. Plan to join us for one or more of the following events.

On Tuesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. in the library meeting room, our Public Services Librarian, Angela will give a demonstration of Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. This workshop will acquaint you with this craft so you will come away ready to share this skill with others and explore on your own this summer. Basic supplies will be provided along with samples of our local Tabletree Cherry Juice.

We are partnering with the Montana State Library on a virtual programming series. Friday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, watch “A Cooking Demo with Mariah Gladstone, Indigikitchen.” You need to register to get the Zoom link for this program at We will have a watch party in the library if there is a minimum of five patrons attending. If you would like to join us live, you need to let us know at the library by May 18.

Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m., our Youth Services Librarian, Felicia will give a Summer Reading Program sneak peek. Felicia will answer questions, show off some of the prizes you can win and tell you about some of the awesome guest speakers she has lined up for this summer. She will also go over the registration process in READSquared so you’re all set to start tracking when the program begins on Monday, June 13.

Tech Tuesday is May 24 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. Our Technology Librarian, Sierra, will hold a 3D printer demonstration. Come watch a live demo, enter your name into a raffle for a 3D printed prize, have your questions answered, and learn how to design and print a variety of household objects. The purchase of the library’s 3D printer was made possible by a very generous donation.

Save the date. Our Friends of the Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3-4 in the library's large meeting room. The Friends will be selling raffle tickets for an Amish quilt at the sale as an additional fundraiser.

The library has joined the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative to increase childhood literacy. Sign up at to log your progress and collect prizes along the way for both the kids and parents or caregivers. The program is open to children from birth until they begin kindergarten. Reading to children fosters a love of reading at an early age and is a wonderful bonding activity.

This month join us for Mother Goose on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. for the 0-3 crowd and Story Time Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. for the 3-5 group. Participation by parents and caregivers, and older siblings is always encouraged and welcome. This month the themes include Mother’s Day, Down on the Farm, Magic in the Air, and Summer’s Comin’. Gwen Hadrits, a Parent Educator/Home Visitor from the Lake County Department of Health will join us for Story Time on Thursday, May 12.

The library’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. We will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Curbside pickup is available for everyone during open hours. Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at with questions or to request curbside pickup.

Abbi Dooley is director of North Lake County Public Library in Polson.