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Newport Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month with Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel

(NEWPORT, OREGON) – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety of programs to spark creativity and stimulate an interest in reading and learning.

At the Newport Public Library, patrons of all ages can find a variety of educational resources and activities, including Banned Books Jeopardy, Banned Books Trivia Night at Bier One, Banned Books Tiny Art Show, Banned Books Library Card Design Contest, Spanish Movie Night, 2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series, and much more.

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” says Laura Kimberly, Newport Public Library Director. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as Teen Third Thursday, a variety of storytime programs, First Friday Family Legos, Fourth Friday Family Loteria, author talks, and much more.

This year, Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Frozen, Wicked) and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Idina and Cara are excited to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. 

Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages and opportunities to pursue their dreams, explore new passions and interests, and find their voice.

Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want us to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.

The Newport Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving community needs. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit www.newportpubliclibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

The Newport Public Library is please to announce the return of Youth Programming, starting in October 2022!  We will be reintroducing our weekly programs for the youngest of our Library friends, Toddler Time, Preschool Storytime, and Bilingual Preschool Storytime.

Our weekly programming will begin Tuesday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. with Toddler Time, hosted by Linda Annable our Youth Services Supervisor. Toddler Time is geared for children 0-3 and their adults, older children are welcome to join as well. Each session features books, songs, and stories chosen especially for our youngest Library visitors. The relaxed, welcoming environment gives toddlers a wonderful introduction to the joys of reading and all that the Library has to offer. Come visit us on Tuesdays for a romping time in our Children’s Room at Toddler Time!

On Wednesdays, starting October 5, Vanessa Clausing, our Youth Services Librarian, will host Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime gently introduces preschoolers, ages 3-5, to the skills they need to become successful readers and successful classroom participants. Children will enjoy books, stories, songs, rhymes and crafts at each session. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children and enjoy all that the Library has to offer before and after Storytime.

Each Thursday, beginning October 6, join Rachel Diego Leon, our Bilingual Community Resource Specialist and Linda Annable, for Bilingual Preschool Storytime – presented in both Spanish and English at 5:30 p.m. This program is very much like Preschool Storytime, however we use both English and Spanish for each story presented. All are welcome regardless of your native language. Our focus is on preschoolers, but we encourage all family members to attend.

We will also be hosting monthly events for youth at the Library. Teen Third Thursday events, geared for 6th – 12th graders, start October 20 at 4:00 p.m. And, a new program we are especially excited about is a monthly LEGO® event First Friday Family LEGO® Fun, once a month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. October’s date is Friday the 7th. This monthly event will not have a Library host; parents, adults or an older sibling will need to accompany children under the age of 10.

All of these Library events are free to participants and no registration is necessary. We will provide everything needed for all of these events. You just bring yourself and/or your kiddos. We hope to see you here for one, or more, of our regular Youth Services Programs starting October 4th.  If you have any questions please email us at reference@newportlibrary.org or call the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153.

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