What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Have you experienced virtual reality? With just a headset and controllers, you can game, create, compete, and experience other worlds without leaving the library. At the library, on Tuesdays through the month of November, children, teens, families, and adults can register for an introduction to virtual reality. Library staff will guide you through an orientation before you choose an adventure. Call 740-335-2540, ext. 14, to register today.

Fayette families, join us for storytime! Early literacy is important. Our storytime programs incorporate stories, songs, crafts, and play, and are for children ages 5 and younger. Each Tuesday at 11 a.m., Bonnie’s Books takes place at Jeffersonville United Methodist Church. Then, each Thursday at 11 a.m., Hello, Friends! takes place each week in Washington Court House, at the library.

Budding artists and authors, check this out. Local creator Amanda Gatton is hosting “Story Maker’s Guild” at the library on Friday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. This program is for teens ages 13-18, to come together and write/draw and share their work for feedback from their peers. Expect a relaxed, fun atmosphere to practice and share your writing skills and have fun.

Have your heard about the library’s 24/7 pickup lockers? Library patrons can now pick-up library materials any time of day. When placing a hold through the SEO libraries App, or through the online library catalog, you may now select “WASHINGTON COURTHOUSE 24/7 PICKUP LOCKERS” as your pick-up location. Library staff will notify you via email when the items are available, and in which locker number your items are located. Check out library social media for more details, or ask a librarian today! The lockers and shelter, paid in part by Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, provide contactless service to patrons any time of day.

Free, rapid COVID-19 tests are now available at Carnegie Public Library, via curbside pick-up only, Monday- Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We ask that you please call 740-335-2540, once you have arrived in the library parking lot, and a library staff member will deliver the tests to your car. Please note, due to limited supplies, there is a maximum of four tests per household at this time. These tests have been made available for free distribution thanks to the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Library Council.

Do you know about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library? The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) literacy program provides an age appropriate book once a month for all children from birth to a child’s 5th birthday. If a child is registered at birth, by their 5th birthday, the child would own 60 books in his or her personal library! You can register your child online at imaginationlibrary.com, or by picking up a paper application at the Carnegie Public Library, Help Me Grow, Fayette County Health Department, Pregnancy Life Center, Early Head Start, or United Way of Fayette County. The program is made possible thanks to a partnership with United Way of Fayette County and Carnegie Public Library. All books are free and you can register today.

Coming up, the library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Our online resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Information about all of our resources can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director