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Quarantining Returns

At this time we are required to quarantine all returned materials for a minimum of 96 hours. This time is based off of ALA guidance resulting from OCLC studies of how long SARS-CoV-2 survives on the various surfaces of borrowable materials.

Please be aware that it may take up to a week before returned items no longer show as check out on your account.

If you receive a overdue notice about items you have returned in the past week, you can disregard it.

No late fees are being charged at this time.

Lego Robotics Kits

Return of the ROBOTS!

The library’s four LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits can now be taken out on a 14 day loan from the Malta Branch for home use.

With a kit, you can build one of many different kinds of robots, following plans from LEGO or other sources, and then program your robot from a PC or tablet.

You can download the free programming software from LEGO onto your own device or borrow a Library PC with the software already installed.

LEGO’s software is drag-and-drop graphic programming suitable for the recommended 10+ age group. Other more advanced programming languages such as Python and RobotC can also be used.

EV3 extension kits are also available for building even more elaborate robots.

Pickups and returns must be scheduled in advance, and are only available at the Malta Branch.

For questions or to schedule a pickup, email Paul at plavin@sals.edu.

Children Chapter Books Book Talk

A Dog Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron Click Here
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee Click Here
Dog Diaries: Mission Impawsible by James Patterson Click Here
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk Click Here

Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor Click Here

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Click Here

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney Click Here

Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone Click Here

The Parker Inheritance by Varion Johnson Click Here

The Water Bears by Kim Baker Click Here

Current Stage of Reopening

At our current stage of reopening, the Round Lake Library and Malta Branch will be allowing patrons in for limited browsing.

Library hours will be Monday thru Friday 10 am – 6 pm.

Patrons will be allowed to browse the stacks, being mindful of the one way aisles and maintaining 6 foot social distancing guidelines.

Please sanitize your hands before touching any library materials and after touching your mask, face, etc.

Only a limited number of patrons will be allowed in the library at one time. Patrons may be asked to wait outside if capacity has been reached.

Returned material will continue to be quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before being checked in. As we are not open Saturday or Sunday, some items will not be checked in until a week after return. No late fees are being charged at this time.

  • A limited number of public computers are open for no more than one hour of use per patron per day. Please ask for a keyboard at the circulation desk.
  • Patrons may also opt to use their own laptop and the library’s wifi. There is still a one hour limit to remaining in the library.
  • Copy/fax/scanning services available – please ask staff for assistance before touching the machine
  • Seating areas have been removed
  • Contactless curbside pick-up is still available for those who wish to use it
  • If you are unable to wear the proper face covering, please contact the library and we will make arrangements for curbside pick-up
  • We are not accepting book donations until further notice

As we continue to move through our reopening plan and our area numbers and statistics continue to improve we will work towards returning to our full services.

Curbside Procedures

  • Hours of Curbside Service: Monday–Friday 11am-6pm
  • Curbside pickup is for pick up of held items, Mystery Bags (for kids- let us know age and reading level) and weekly story time craft kits
  • Please wait for a notification from the library that your items are ready before coming.

Pick-Up Procedure

Patrons must wear proper face coverings during pickup.

Items will be placed in paper bags, carried to car or left on a designated table.

Clark House (in the village of Round Lake)- Curbside Service with Car

Once at the library, please call the library and staff will bring items to your car. Please have your ID ready to show staff through window and open trunk for staff to place items in.

Walking Patrons Clark House only – For those patrons walking to the Round Lake Library they will be required to call the library when they arrive – place proper ID on table in porch and then step outside. Staff will then come out to the porch, check ID and place bag on table. Once staff go back inside the library the patron may re-enter the porch to get ID and items.

Malta curbside may move into the vestibule of the Community Center during inclement weather. Please call the library when you arrive – place proper ID on table in vestibule and then step outside under the awning. Staff will then come out to the vestibule, check ID and place bag on table. Once staff go back inside the library the you may re-enter the vestibule to get ID and items.

DIY Mask-Making

Want to make a fabric face mask?

Check out a these video or photo tutorials, or see our basic sewing instructions below.

Help protect yourself and others when you have to go out in public.

How to Make a Mask

What you will need:

  • Cotton Fabric, any color or print
  • Rope elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic)
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can Make Two Sizes: Adult or Child

  1. Put right side of cotton fabric together. Cut 2 9×6 inch (adult) or 7.5×5 inch (child) pieces.
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stiches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew few stiches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

Virtual Story Times

Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories- premiering at 6pm on Thursday, April 2

Jeff Goldblum reads Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!

Grover reads The Monster At The End Of This Book

Local teens reading picture books on Facebook

Story Time From Space with Astronauts on the International Space Station

#OPERATIONSTORYTIME | Your Favorite Authors Host Story Time Online!

Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad) is reading bedtime stories on Twitter

Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus website for Young Readers– includes full readings of Coraline and The Graveyard Book

Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Author Mo Willem hosts a live virtual online Lunch Doodle every weekday at 1pm ET

Storynory: A vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics.

Virtual Field Trips

We will be adding to this list, so check back!

Check out Google Street View tours of famous sites and museums

*These links are not affiliated with the library.*

9/8/20- Thanks to Sarah for some great new links!

Zoos

San Diego Zoo

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden livestreams via Facebook

Houston Zoo

Aquariums

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams

Georgia Aquarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Agriculture

FarmFood 360 11 Virtual Tours

American Dairy Virtual Farm Tours (by age group)

National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Lots more US National Parks

Out of this World!

Slime in Space

Explore the surface of Mars

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Star Atlas Virtual Planetarium

Stellarium Virtual Planetarium

US Space and Rocket Center

Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Museums

VOMA Virtual Online Museum of Art

The National Gallery of Art

National Constitution Center

New York State Museum’s exhibit Represent: Contemporary Native American Art

The Louvre

Boston Children’s Museum

The Museum of the World

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Museo Galileo

Cultural Sites

The Sistine Chapel

Egyptian Pyramid

Petra (aka that stone temple from Indiana Jones)

The Great Wall of China

Easter Island

Machu Picchu

The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

Trip to Jerusalem (also available for older grades)

Tour of Buckingham Palace

Plymoth Plantation

Visit the White House

The Lincoln Memorial

Ellis Island

The Alamo

Science Expeditions

Mount Everest

The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

Galapagos Islands National Geographic Expeditions

Explore a coral reef in the Bahamas

Amazon Rainforest

The Virtual Rainforest

Sailing through Antarctica

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam

African safari to the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa

360 Virtual East African Safaris