Things are slowly returning to normal at the Ceres Library following the pandemic, Acting Supervisor Susan Sawyer told the Ceres City Council.
The library at 2250 Magnolia Street is open for browsing, checking out materials and computer access while encouraging but not requiring mask wearing regardless of vaccination status.
The Ceres Library is open Mondays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 6 p.m.; closed Fridays and Sundays; open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Story time sessions for pre-school children are offered Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Since this is before regular library hours begin, Sawyer said families can “knock at the door and we’ll let them in for Story Time.”
“We’re currently requiring registration just so we can keep control of the numbers,” Sawyer said of Story Time. “That can be done at stanlibrary.org or by calling our branch at (209) 537-8938.”
The library is also slowly resuming other children’s activities. Every first Thursday of the month the library will host Lego Play Day from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Other Thursdays take home bags will be given out for children to do crafts and other activities.
The Stanislaus County Library invites readers of all ages to join the Summer Reading Challenge, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” which runs from May 17 to Aug. 2.
Children and teens participate by keeping track of each day they read or are read to for at least 30 minutes. Adults are asked to track each book they read and can choose to also write brief reviews of the books they read this summer.
Participants will use the Beanstack app to log their reading and submit reviews. Virtual tickets are awarded along the way. Participants may then enter the tickets into specific prize drawings. A range of prizes are available, including early learning activities for babies and toddlers, LEGO Bricks, iPads, a telescope and gift cards. Those unable to use Beanstack may track their reading at home and returning to the library for logging in the Beanstack system.
To participate in the Summer Reading Challenge visit stanlibrary.org.