Library Newsletter July 2020

Farewell, Miss Melody!

Last month we wished a happy retirement to our good friend and colleague Miss Melody. She has been our Children's Story Time librarian for over 9 years!  Happily, she still visits the library often, and we might even see her guest-starring a Story Time in the near future.  

Hello, Miss Bre!

McCall Public Library welcomes our new Children’s Librarian, Bre Anderson!

You may have seen Ms. Bre around town; she wears many hats. The most delicious being her Ice Cream Alley hat! She has been a field instructor at MOSS, a snowboard instructor at Brundage, an educator for the Payette Children’s Forest, as well as an after-school program coordinator through AmeriCorps for the Valley County Extension office. Bre has a passion for science, the great outdoors, and of course, reading! 

Patron of the Month
Kim Hamilton

Every summer, BRMES teacher Kim Hamilton brings her students, energy, and imagination to paint the library windows in celebration of our summer reading program. She says, “as a teacher I love to use my June, July, and August to catch up on reading.” It’s not too late to follow Mrs. Hamilton’s lead by spending some valuable summer time adventuring through books! (Sign up to get your raffle tickets in by the end of the month!) Now more than ever is a great time, whether you are a child or an adult, to pick up a book and make an escape into a world of stories. Kim’s two wonderful boys “grew up” in our library, and her parents come frequently for community meetings and book clubs. Thank you, Kim for sharing your family, volunteering to teach art classes here, tutoring young readers in our meeting room, and for being our Patron of the Month! Read on!

Classes, Workshops and Fun Programs

Virtual Story Time

We are missing all our Story Time kids these days, but you can still find Miss Melody, Mr Casey, and now Miss Bre on our Youtube Channel.

Take-Home Tech Tuesday

We just re-booted Tech Tuesday and now, after you watch the weekly Youtube video, you can come in and pick up the weekly project and do it at home! We are open during our normal schedule, M-F 10-6 and Sat 10-2. Drop in to take home fun!

Virtual Dungeons and Dragons

This program transitioned easily into the virtual world, and is still gaining popularity! Every other Thursday (August 6th and 20th) 6:30-9:00pm 

Virtual Doing Democracy takes on Public Art

Join us tomorrow to meet the artists and learn more! Remember to email us now to request a Zoom invite.
Last month's virtual Doing Democracy sparked some good discussions on a heated topic.

Read A lot of books this summer? Want to brag about it?  Introducing Brag Tags!  Now, whenever you read these specific book titles, you will be rewarded a special collectors Brag Tag! Start collecting them all today!


Welcome New Library Board Member

David Gallipoli

Welcome to David Gallipoli, recently appointed by City Council as our newest volunteer Library Trustee.  In addition to his interest in reading and photography, David’s experience as a contractor, his prior military service, and his involvement with the Bozeman Public Library and The Friends of the MSU Library will be an asset to the McCall Library Board. “Librarians were my mentors when I was growing up, and libraries are equalizers in a world where inequality has been increasing. I am hopeful we will find a way to make the dream of a new library come true. I am encouraged by the 64% yes votes this spring, and all the private donations that support a new library to meet the demands of our community’s future. I want to be of service to the Board and work hard to make this a reality for our community.”

McCall Library wants to support the McCall-Donnelly School District Trustees, the teachers, parents and kids as we consider the best way to continue learning in a COVID safe environment. We share the mission of life-long learning and we are working on ways to support YOU. These include tutoring connections, technology access, study buddy room reservations, and possibly expanding our after school programs to a limited number of families. Stay tuned—we are poised to quickly adapt and support our community in many ways. Have ideas or skills to offer into the mix?
Give Meg a call at 208-634-5522.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Know someone who may want to get a new McCall library card? September is Library Card Sign Up Month! People who sign up for a card with us for the first time will get put into a drawing to win a new Amazon Kindle to access all our e-books! Click here for more information about our many library card options.
(Courtesy of the Friends of the McCall Library)

The Pump House is temporarily closed, but did you know the Friends of the Library also sell on ebay? All proceeds assist our library. Call us for more information about how to join the Friends group (only $5 membership!) or how to volunteer.


Pop-Up Story Walk

Get outside and go on a walk, a Story Walk!  McCall Library is currently working on a grant to fund a permanent story walk along the bike path behind the library. In lieu of the permanent fixture, we have set up a temporary Pop-Up Story Walk for all to enjoy and envision what the more permanent Story Walk will look like!

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