Feel free to download and use our September-October 2021 Calendar of events! To register, please navigate back to the library homepage and register within the calendar event on the right.

FREE 2021 Early Literacy Activity Calendar–A fun and interactive reading plan to ignite and inspire the learning of your young child (birth-3 years). Books and activities for January-December, 2021.

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Join us for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation!

If your child has joined this fun, self-paced program and reached their goal, please RSVP by Friday, September 3, 2021 for the graduation on Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 6:30pm. Call the library at 712-707-4302 or email Phyllis Van Gelder.

Research has shown that reading to children from birth on significantly correlates to academic success later in life. 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.

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.