State of the Library

Photo of daffodils outside of the library
Happy Spring! It's so wonderful to have the daffodils blooming outside of the library door again and to see more of our community in person. Thank you to everyone who continues to use the library - whether in person, online, or via Drive-Thru, for wearing masks when you visit, and for your understanding while we navigate the changing landscape of this pandemic.
Our part-time staff, who were furloughed last March, have returned to work, and with them we are able to expand our in-building hours!
Beginning April 5, our in-building hours are:
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 12 PM and 2 - 6 PM
Saturday 12 - 4 PM

A limited number of internet computers are now available for 30 minutes at a time. You can call ahead (360.442.5300) to reserve a time.
Drive-Thru hours remain the same, and held items, craft packets, tax forms, and more can picked up in the Library Drive-Thru!
While we are working towards normal, we do still have some limitations on how we can provide service, extra service points that we are staffing (Library Drive-Thru!), and unfilled staff positions. Some things we are working towards in order to open even more in-building hours are:
  • A permanent drive-thru window on the back of the building
  • Opportunities for staff to be vaccinated
  • Filling three full-time staff positions
Please share your thoughts and priorities on library services by taking the survey linked below. We hope to come out this pandemic stronger. Thank you.

NW Voices presents:
Kathleen Flenniken

Wednesday, April 21 | 7 PM
Join us on Zoom for an evening with former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken.
Kathleen has won numerous awards, including the Washington State Book Award. Her newest collection of poetry, "Post Romantic", was published last fall by University of Washington Press.
The link to the Zoom presentation will be posted on our website when it becomes available.  

AARP Tax Aide

With the extension of the tax deadline to May 17, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are continuing to provide tax assistance out of the library on Fridays from April 16 - May 14 from 10 AM until 2:30 PM. 
Make your same-day appointment with tax aide in the library parking lot beginning at 10 AM. Stay in your car and volunteers will come and assist you. Questions? Call 360.747.7041 for more information. 
Need tax forms? We have 1040 and 1040-SR Tax Forms and Instructions available on-demand in Library Drive-Thru. If you need additional forms, please call ahead and we can have them printed and ready for you to pick up!

Library Podcast

The library podcast "Your Shelf or Mine" is in its third season! Join host Becky as she discusses books with library staff, guests from local organizations, and even local authors!
The latest episode features guest Shira Lile from Hello Life, a Cowlitz County non-profit that provides peer-led support for people struggling with eating disorders or negative body image.
Our podcast is available on our library's website and on Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

Seed Library is Open!

The LPL Seed Library is back for its second season! Library cardholders can request up to ten packets of vegetable or flower seeds to pick up in the Library Drive-Thru.
Browse our seed catalog and fill out the request form on our website at:  http://longviewlibrary.org/seedlibrary.php 
April Seed Paper Bookmark

April All Ages Craft

Kids, teens, and adults can pick up a Seed Paper Bookmark craft packet in Library Drive-Thru during the month of April and learn how to make the craft on our YouTube page!

Changes Inside the Library

If you have been back in the library building you may have noticed some changes! In addition to spacing shelving out and making some changes to manage traffic flow and social distancing, we've also been able to make some improvements!
  • Music CDs have been reclassifed into genres and shelved in new shelving drawers, paid for by the Longview Library Foundation. The Foundation also paid for the new chairs you see placed throughout the library.
  • All our DVDs are now alphabetized by title instead of just by the first letter of the title, and J DVDs and Blu-Rays have been moved to make browsing easier. 
  • We installed endcap displays at the ends of the stacks in non-fiction - and a couple in adult fiction - to feature titles in our collection and promote discovery. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for purchasing those displays for us!
  • Adult graphic novels have moved down to the shelving near the stairs to the mezzanine, and young adult manga and comics have moved to the shelving across from them, creating a "Comics Corner." Our comics collections have grown in the past few years, in large part because of Youth Librarian Becky Standal's involvement in the Great Graphic Novels for Teens team with the Young Adult Library Services Association!
photo of a nonfiction endcap display photo of adult graphic novel collection
Baby Story Time. Wednesdays 10:30 AM, Facebook LIVE, March 31 - May 12
Preschool Sotry Time. Thursdays, 10:30 AM, Facebook Live. April 1 - May 13
Toddler Story Time. Fridays, 10:30 AM, Facebook LIVE, April 2 - May 14
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