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Library ramps up program offerings

FORT PLAIN — The COVID-19 may have prompted the cancellation of fairs, festivals and other recreational activities, but the Fort Plain Free Library and the Mohawk Valley Library System have conjured up lots of summer reading and virtual family activities and one doesn’t need a library card to take part.

Some of the activities on tap include solve mysteries, puzzle over virtual escape rooms, play games, dress up like favorite fairy and folktale characters and have a virtual fashion show. Watch story-time videos; build fairy and gnome homes; participate in the 518 fairy home challenge.

Signup now for the library’s online summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” which starts July 6, and runs through July 31.

The participants of all ages, from infants to adults, are encouraged to immerse themselves in the program. It will be coordinated through the online portal at READsquared, https://fortplainfreelibraryny12.readsquared.com/, where all activities (i.e., “missons”), reading logs, virtual rewards, online games, stories, and more will be managed. The application can be accessed via computer or through a free app from Google Play or Apple stores.

To view a Google slideshow about the library’s program that contains audio and video links as well as a tutorial demonstrating the use of READsquared, go to https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rcMTsTYQ0MlicE2JzwvNj1SmhbRBcymbEdVWd0rxODc/edit?usp=sharing

Each child registering for the library’s summer reading program will receive materials such as paint, brushes, and more. These “treasure chests,” made possible by a grant from the Yerdon Foundation, will be theirs to keep after the summer reading program’s end. Individual fairy and gnome journals have been provided by the MVLS.

Additionally, the MVLS is encouraging creativity and outdoor summer fun through their “Fairies and Gnomes: Imagine Their Homes” experience. A special website, located online at https://www.518fairyhomes.com/, has been designed with tips for building fairy and gnome homes out of natural materials, “recipes” for making fairy and gnome foods, scavenger hunts, oodles of fun coloring pages, book lists, a map identifying libraries, parks and other public spaces where you can see other people’s fairy and gnome homes, and more.

As part of the MVLS component, there will also be special virtual programs by guests such as educator and naturalist, George Steele, who will introduce viewers to the micro-world of nature — a veritable “nature trail for fairies” — and all the parts such as mosses, snails, and ladybugs that are usually overlooked. Another virtual program in the works is “Things with Wings.” Also, Alyson Montione from Schoharie is planning to provide prerecorded programs about flower doll making and the “dark side” of fairies.

For help signing up or for more information, contact the Fort Plain Free Library by calling (518) 993-4646 or by emailing fortplainfreelibrary@gmail.com. Follow the library on Facebook for information about events, updates on reopening and more.

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