It’s almost time for our annual Shamrock Shenanigans!  For the week of March 13th through the 17th, we will be celebrating all things Irish with games, puzzles, prizes, and activities.  Throw on your green and join us for the fun.

The library offers the usual library materials but we also have some different programs that are unique.  We collect empty egg cartons and give them to local egg producers who always need more than we can collect.  So, if you have empty cartons, please bring them to the library or even drop them off at the city office, they will get to us.  If you follow the library on Facebook, we will post when there are cartons available.  We also have a drop-off container for food donations that are collected by Ruby Lee’s Kitchen for food boxes that stay in the community.  Once again, this spring we will have free vegetable seed packets for area gardeners.  Just come in and see what we have.  Last summer was a terrible year for our container gardens, but we are hoping for more rain this summer and will try again to raise fresh produce.  Some of our programs are directed to children.

Two of the children’s programs that you won’t find at every library are the Welcome, Baby program and the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program.  The Welcome, Baby program provides every newborn Thayer resident a gift of books, a toy, diapers, and information about our other program.  1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a completely free program that rewards kids for listening to books read to them by parents and caregivers.  The books do not have to come from our library and you only have to keep track of how many books are read.  Reading aloud to children is one the easiest ways to prepare your child for school.  If you are unsure about the benefits of reading aloud, just come ask at the library and we will fill you in on all the great things that happen when a child hears a book.

Thanks to a generous donation, we are able to write off the usual fees for copying and faxing for people applying for assistance.  We also have copies of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIEAP, forms that can help with high winter energy costs.  If there are other applications that are needed, we will try to find those too.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.  We are here to be your full-service community library.