Waldport Public Library now open

Emily Linegar and her daughter, Natalee, were the first family to visit the Waldport Public Library when it reopened on Oct. 5. Emily said, “Natalee was so excited to come to the library again!”

The Waldport Public Library has spent the last six months staffing the drive-thru at the former Umpqua Bank building at 355 NW Alder St. in Waldport. From that location, patrons were able to pick up and drop off books, audio books and DVDs. They were also able to have their families involved in a very active summer reading program. 

This summer reading program included registering and committing to a reading goal, personalizing their summer reading shirts, filling out Bingo sheet activities for prizes, watching Story Time YouTube videos and Zooming with Alexander Zeno, author of “The Library of Ever.

There was also the Young Writers’ Competition ZOOM and other writing opportunities, picking up and making several Take & Make kits by age level each week, Lego Zooms, STEAM projects and receiving Oregon Coast STEM HUB kits. People also participated in the Imagine Your Dragon coloring contest and in a community Scavenger Hunt. They created a Friends of the Waldport Public Library community Dragon Coloring Book, participated in a Hero Art Competition, dressed up and sent in photos of themselves or their pet as a hero and helped the Waldport Public Library to self-publish a Baby Story Time book to be handed out to new parents through health and welfare organizations and through the Waldport Public Library.  

But above all of this, children of all ages were able to receive a giveaway book every time they stopped at the drive-thru, and they had the opportunity to win a set of books of their choosing.  

Waldport Public Library officials are thrilled to be able to say that during this time of COVID, more than 100 young people, from babies to teenagers, actively participated in the Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program while safely social distancing.

And now, as of Monday, Oct. 5, the Waldport Public Library is back home at 460 NW Hemlock St. in Waldport, and it is open to the public. 

Patrons may come into the building with the following requirements: masks must be worn at all times, keep your social distance from others and limit your stay to 30 minutes.  

The library will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curbside service is available with a phone call. 

Check out further instructions at the Waldport Public Library website, waldportlibrary.org, or email [email protected] 

Online programs will continue for youth, with calendars available at the front desk or online. Take and Makes will still be available throughout the year, and library staff can assist families with research, books and other needs to help the different styles of curriculum for online and hands-on learning.

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