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Library heading towards normalcy in September

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    CONTRIBUTED Pete the Cat, a book character, poses for a photo at the Jones County Public Library.

The Jones County Public Library will be opening for regular meetings starting in September as they finish off their summer reading program and gear up for the upcoming school year.

Leigh Sloan, library assistant, said she’s excited to hav everyone come together and do things like they used to.

“We have been given permission to start having meetings again in Septembe she said. “We are going to do story time at least once a week for the little kids, and I would love to bring back the chess club. I’m hoping to start a Lego group, too. We will find a day of the week to do computer classes again, and we would like to do som outreach with the pre-K and Head Start.”

She said those are just a fe of the plans they have set in place at the library, but she said they don’t have all the details set up yet. She said she’s really excited to open back up to the world, and have some normalcy.

“With Pete the Cat coming this summer, it has felt like a normal summer reading program. There have been lots of kids and parents in here. We’ve been having fun with it, because things finally feel like normal,” Sloan said.

The library assistant said the Summer Meals Program has been a great thing to have at the library this summer. She said since children and parents are coming to pick up their meals, it gets them into the library, too. She said it reminds people the Jones County Public Library is open for business.

“Having the library back like it was has been great,” the library assistant said. “This pandemic has really thrown everyone for a loop. Now everyone gets a chance to see the new resources we have too.”

Sloan said Pete the Cat has visited this summer. He is a book character with several books about him. She said he is just a really cool cat. She added it’s fun for the children to see him and interact with him.

“The kids seem to really enjoy Pete. He’s very friendly. We think it’s fun when characters come to life and make time for us out of their busy schedules. They get to meet the celebrity of their books, and Pete’s a pretty popular character,” Sloan said.

She said for those who need to finish up summer reading, they can login to the Beanstack app by going to https://www.beanstack.com, and putting in their hours. She said prizes will be given out the first week of August, and the students have until July 31 to finish reading and recording.

“We have had 133 readers sign up, and 15 have already finished,” she said. “Adults have been included, too. For the children, we count them reading to themselves and reading to others. They can read anything. If they are struggling readers, maybe this will help them not struggle so much.”