Library Newsletter May 2020

Announcing Our "Soft" Opening!
As of right now, we are allowing patrons to enter the library! 

Tour the new library procedures with Mr. Casey!

It just isn't natural for the library to be so empty, and we are excited to see all of our friends returning to this place we all love. To keep everyone safe, adequately distanced, and the library sanitized we have implemented some new temporary measures:

  • We are only allowing 2 groups in at a time. If there is a wait, you can choose to sign up for an open time.
  • Everyone entering the library must be wearing a mask at all times. We have paper masks available if you need one.- When checking out books, please stay behind the plexiglass sneeze guards.
  • Books that you browse, but decide not to check out, can be put into our many reshelving boxes for staff to clean and put away.
  • Please exit out one of the side doors, and come back soon!                                                                                                           

Patron of the Month
The Stewart Family

You may have seen Chris doing great things at Rupert's during these hard times, but McCall Library staff also enjoys having the Stewart family visit the library every week. This fun-loving father-daughter duo are always exploring new books, songs, and activities during Story Time with Miss Melody. Aiyana starts kindergarten in the fall and is well-prepared thanks in part to the early literacy she and her dad Chris have enjoyed together.  Chris knows how important it is to keep reading in summer so kids maintain the weekly skills they gain in the crucial Pre-K years. We are so happy to be able to see them in person checking out fun new books at our curbside service and in the library during this trying time. Thanks, Chris and Aiyana!

New this year - Since we are unable to meet in groups right now, there is no limit to the number of participants! Encourage your friends to join you on your reading quests. Reading log options will be paper and online - choose what works for you!
All ages can join.  No limit on numbers.  Reading starts June 1st, Prize closet starts June 1st. Readers log their reading time in the reading log, and can come in at any time during regular library hours to collect their prizes.  Keep your kids reading all summer so they don’t lose skills.  Your child’s new teacher in the fall will thank you! All children are eligible for a FREE summer reading library card when they register for a program! 
Register on READsquared today!

*Stay tuned throughout the summer for special Summer Reading Events.



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Adult Reading Challenge


Read a book with the corresponding month's theme, drop it into our raffle box here at the library, or post it on Facebook to enter the drawing! 
- April/May prize is a 6 qt dutch oven.
    - April theme was an author’s first novel.
               - May’s theme is a book with a color in the 

All entries need to be turned in by June 1st. April and May's entries are both accepted. All entries received since the beginning of the challenge will be entered into the drawing for the grand prize- a $50 gift card to Jasmine & Ginger.

2020 Census
McCall Library Dedicated Kiosk

Stop by the library and complete the 2020 census using our dedicated kiosk! Each of our communities and Valley County as a whole have increased our response rate by a few percentage points over the last few weeks – but we still have a lot of room to grow! We are still ranked #42 of 44 counties in Idaho for our Census response rate. Let’s get that number up! Responding to the Census takes less than 10 minutes and mean $1,483 per person in federal funding for Valley County.

Take the 2020 Census today at If you did not receive a questionnaire by mail, you can still respond online.
You DO NOT need a Unique Census ID to complete the online form.