Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading Program 2020       

Are you looking forward to the summer reading program? We are, too! All ages are invited to join us for a NEW online experience! Download the app called Readsquared from your app store or visit the webpage at orangecitylibrary.readsquared.com to get started. The Summer Reading Program starts June 1st and continues through July 11th.

Enjoy reading challenges and activities to earn badges, accomplish missions and unlock games. Attend online programs for a virtual library experience. Program details can be found on the library website homepage and the program page. There are NEW CLUBS for kids that require registration by June 1. So hurry and register today!

The Readsquared app also provides a streamlined experience for year-round tracking of books, receiving updates on programs, Book Clubs, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and more!

Please contact the library at 712-707-4302 from Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for help or if you have questions. Welcome to the next level!

Cloud Library – Available May 15, 2020

Borrowing and returning items has never been easier!

We are excited to introduce cloudLibrary – the new feature-packed app that makes it easier than ever to borrow, organize, and return your library items.

  • Virtual library card: never leave your card at home again. Your virtual library card in the cloudLibrary app can do everything your physical card can do – except take up space in your wallet. And the best part? You can load the whole family’s cards into cloudLibrary and easily switch between accounts.
  • Customize your cloudLibrary: reading is fun – so is this app. Create your own avatar, choose a theme, and curate notifications, so you get the information you want just the way you want it.
  • Easily manage your account: Receive helpful reminders, access support resources and manage settings for each account.
  • Better browsing of digital content: Selecting favorite genres is easy and filtering is fun with simplified selections.
  • Manage library items with ease: With My Books, you can view reading history, manage holds and borrowed items and keep track of your favorite reads.

All it takes is three easy steps:

  1. Find the cloud library app in your app store.
  2. Log into your library by selecting your state, your library and then entering your library card number and pin.
  3. Access your account. Then manage your borrowed items, your reading history and holds.

The Orange City Public Library Opening Day Collection starts May 15, 2020. Linking to Sioux Center Public Library, Cedar Rapids, and other Iowa libraries is set for May 21, 2020!

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation

Join us for the fifth 1000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation!

If your child has joined this fun, self-paced program and reached their goal, please RSVP by Thursday, August 1 for the graduation on Tuesday, August 20 @ 6:30pm. Call the library at 712-707-4302 or email Andrea.

Research has shown that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds hear 30 million words less by the age of four than their middle income peers (Hart and Risley, 1995). This 30 million word gap significantly correlates to academic success later in life. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program aims to reduce this gap through reading. For every 100 books read, your child can come to the library for a sticker on their reading log. Once the 1000 book goal is met, your child can join us for a graduation ceremony complete with stories, activities, crafts and a diploma!

If you are interested in signing your child up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please inquire at the library.

Homebound Delivery Service offered by Public Library

Pictured: Amy Nonhof and Library Volunteer

Every month, library staff spend hours selecting and delivering books from the Orange City Public Library’s collection to residential retirement communities and care facilities. Based on the reading preferences of the residents, Amy Nonhof selects books and audiobooks for each center individually.

Most of the titles come from our collection of Large Print materials, although regular print fiction and non-fiction are also popular selections.

Hundreds of books are checked out, boxed, and delivered to community rooms at Landsmeer Ridge, Prairie Ridge, Heritage Estates, and the Pioneer Home. Residents are then able to browse and select materials they would like to read.

Books are checked out for one month, or until the next visit. At Prairie Ridge, Nonhof visits individual residents in their rooms with a cart full of books and books on CD. Selections are made specifically for each resident based on their interests and requests. Completed materials are returned and new books checked out from the comfort of their room. Library staff have been known to offer help on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, as well as general tech support on mobile devices owned by residents. Special trips to residents who have exhausted their selections before the next visit are not unheard of either.

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Homebound Delivery is one of the most important outreach services offered by the library. Many residents are not able to make a trip into the library, especially during the cold winter months or times of illness. These deliveries ensure that residents are able to spend their time enjoying a good book.

Please contact Amy Nonhof at anonhof@orangecitylibrary.org or library director Lisa Johnson at director@orangecitylibrary.org for more information.