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The novel Coronavirus crisis has dramatically and quickly changed American life. Most libraries have closed their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but remain open for business online.
As the impact of the current public health crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies. Stay safe.
Below please find some useful information and links for our patrons with children or grandchildren during the temporary shutdown.
For patrons without Internet service, Charter Communications will offer free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households (to those who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription).
To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
NPR is offering a free Storytime for elementary children. This special series is called “Picture This”. https://www.npr.org/series/787467815/picture-this-authors-and-artists-in-conversation
There are also plenty of resources for children to stay active indoors: Apps, websites and YouTube videos that encourage children to move around. The interactive Cosmic Kids Yoga videos, for example, blend yoga with storytelling.
Writer and presenter Jaime Amor says more and more elementary schools now incorporate yoga into children's daily routines, and she says a number of schools use Cosmic Kids Yoga. She believes all of the school closings might explain why they've seen an uptick in the number of individual families watching her videos.
Google Docs is one of many sites that offer over 30 virtual field trips with links. It includes the San Diego Zoo, the Boston Museum, Mars just to name a few. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic
Learn in Color is an educational website that offers lots of entertaining and educational activities for students in grades K-8.
The Kennedy Center website is featuring children’s author, Mo Willems who wrote
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, etc. Mo invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. Check back each weekday for new LUNCHDOODLES! Weekdays at 1 p.m.
Story Time from Space--Watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books and perform science demonstrations! Story Time from Space offers a delightful combination of science, literacy, and entertainment through its library of free, family-friendly videos.
Citizen Science Online—Online citizen projects are another way to spend your time at home. And you’ll be helping scientific studies from around the world! Here are a couple of places to get started:
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects Lots of different projects, a favorite is the penguin watch.
https://scistarter.org/ Using the project finder you can search on online only projects.
Crazy 8s Math Club is offering a free resource for Fun Math at Home
Here is a new free resource for families: Fun Math at Home. We thought it would be useful to provide some activities to help fellow parents and educators keep spirits lifted and continue the math learning in a fun, hands-on way. Students may recognize some of the activities from Crazy 8s. We've updated those games for 2-6 players using game mats they can easily make at home - a great STEAM project.
Finally, on a nice, sunny day families shouldget outside, but avoid playgrounds where kids come into close contact with one another. Definitely take a walk, go to the park, ride bikes, but if a crowd starts to form — as unsocial as it seems — back away a little bit. Find your own space.
We will post new sites as they become recommended by the Maine State Library or our patrons! Stay safe.
In an effort to proactively limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution,the Library’s Board of Trustees has decided to close the Library for an indefinite period of time, until further notice. This includes all events, programs, and meetings which take place at the Library.
We believe this action is the best way we can support the health of all Cushing residents during this difficult situation.
We want you to know this decision was not easy for us to make, as we know the Library is an important part of our community. We hope this decision does not create undue hardship for our patrons.
We will continue to actively monitor the situation, and follow best health practice recommendations from Maine state government and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Please check our website, cushing.lib.me.usfor future updates about when the Library will re-open, as well as dates for re-scheduled events and program.
While the Library is closed, please use the Book Deposit to the right of the door to return any library materials.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19? Your personal actions can make a difference.
o Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay away from people who are sick.
o Try to avoid someone who is showing symptoms. (This is the other side of not spreading the disease, which is not catching it.)
o If you’re 65 and older and live in areas where there is ongoing community spread, you should think about what actions you can take to reduce your exposures. http://bit.ly/CDC-COVID-19-Protect
Cushing plans to celebrate Maine's Bicentennial Year (2020) with numerous special events over two full days: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16.
“There's so much happening and we'd love to have people get involved and participate, especially with the parade” says event coordinator Wendy Roberts. “It's going to be a fun two days.”
If you would like to volunteer to help out, or have ideas and suggestions to share, Roberts can be reached at: 354-2341 (landline), 691-0833 (cell), or at email@example.com.
* 7:30-10 am: Community breakfast including blessing and period recipes, Broad Cove Church;
* 11am-1pm: Parade (includes floats, kids on bikes, pets, walkers), Cushing Rescue Squad, Cushing Fire Department, oldest Cushing resident-Alma Black, Grand Marshalls (Select Board);
* 2-2:30 pm: Time capsule placement at Cushing Community School;
* 2:30-4 pm; Baseball game, Cushing Recreation Field;
* 4-6 pm: Cookout, Cushing Fire and Rescue Station;
* 7:30-9 pm: Historical photo display, barn dance, Cushing Historical Society.
* 9 am: Church service, Broad Cove Community Church;
* Time and event to be decided (by Cushing Historical Society): Old South Cushing Church
* 2-4 pm: Historical presentation (students' research about Maine), display of Maine and Cushing books, Historian David Rockwell to speak, Cushing Public Library.
The Library recently received a generous donation from a local resident – a series of novels by the late British author Alexander Kent. These exciting & well-reviewed adventures in naval history focus on the British Royal Navy, from the Napoleonic Wars to the 20th century. We are so thrilled to receive such a generous gift.
English novelist Douglas Reeman, a master storyteller of the sea, from the time of Nelson to the twentieth century, has been thrilling readers around the world for over 50 years. Under his pen name, Alexander Kent, the former Royal Navy officer continues to chronicle the adventures under sail of Richard and Adam Bolitho. As Douglas Reeman, he writes about naval action during the twentieth century, with a primary focus on Britain's Royal Navy. At present, he has more than 34 million copies of his books in print.
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