Virtual Summer Reading Program!

Due to the pandemic, libraries across the country have had to find creative ways to still engage with and help the communities they serve. Here at the New Town City Library we are participating in a virtual summer reading program with other libraries in North Dakota! Our theme this year is “Imagine Your Story” and you can register June 1st at: https://librarynd.beanstack.org/

To register, follow the prompts and fill out the necessary information, selecting New Town City Library. If you have never used the Beanstack platform for other events then you will need to register. You can register as an individual or a family.

Also, each participating library across the state will have a 20 minute time slot to perform their kick-off. The New Town City Library will be performing our kick-off Wednesday, June 3rd from 11:30-11:50 a.m. You can access the event here. The link will also be in the information flier attached below. We hope many of you are able to participate with us while maintaining social distancing during this time. If you have any questions please call the library (701-627-4846) and we will be happy to help.

New Hours and Guidelines For COVID-19

We are happy to inform you that we will now be open to the public with limited patrons at a time. Right now we are allowing up to 8 people in the library at a time. Please knock on the front door when you arrive and a member of our staff will let you in as long as we aren’t at capacity. Also, please return any books through the book drop only.

Additionally, we are allowing computer use by appointment only. Please call the library at (701) 627-4846 to set up a time. We are only allowing one patron in each computer area at a time and will be sanitizing each computer and space after every use.

Unfortunately at this time we will not be resuming any of our activities such as coding, story hour, book club, job service help, or the computer clinic. We will let you know when we are able to resume these again.

Finally, we are having some time in the morning set aside for elders only from 10:30am until 12 noon. This is to give them a chance to use our facilities without worry of coming into contact with too many people. The same rules for the computer still apply however, so please make an appointment if you will need to use one during your visit.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of your local library during this difficult time. We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you all again!

Library Closed Until April 16th

Because of confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in our community, the New Town City Library will be closed for the next two weeks. We will re-evaluate the closure at that time. We will keep you informed via this blog as well as our Facebook page. Please stay healthy and safe everyone!

Free Books and Resources For Students

The people behind Abdo digital have offered their e-books and online research material free to patrons until June of 2020. They want to make sure that students have the access to books and materials they need to finish the school year strong from home. We hope everyone is staying safe during this time.

Elementary Digital Bookshelf PreK-8th
Secondary Digital Bookshelf 5-12
ABDO Zoom Research Database

Access To The Library

At this time we are allowing patrons to use the computers ONLY if they are filling out the 2020 Census. Also, we will allow a few people in at a time to exchange movies, audio books as well as other reading and media materials. Please contact the library if you have any questions.

Library Will “Soft Close”

As we posted yesterday, our Governor’s announcement has us closing our doors to the public. You can however still check out books! A member of our staff will still be here to answer calls for book requests. What this means is that you can access our card catalog online here. You will create a log in using your last name and patron number and then you will be able to search for a book that you’d like to check out. When you call, let us know what vehicle you’ll be arriving in and we’ll watch for you and hand you the book when you arrive. Please call the library if you have any questions.

We all hope everyone is staying safe during this difficult time. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates as they unfold. For information regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, please refer to the links on our home page for the CDC and the WHO.

Library Hours Changing

Due to Governor Bergam’s announcement today to keep schools closed until April 1st, the New Town City Library will also be closing its doors. We may be able to offer limited services, but will need to talk with local officials tomorrow to be able to make that decision. Please keep an eye out here on our website as well as our Facebook page for updated information as it becomes available. Thank you.

Programs and Activities Cancelled

Due to the Governor’s announcement to close schools, The New Town City Library has decided to cancel all after school coding activities, story time, ~Sip and Read~, Computer Clinic as well as the Job Service monthly visits until further notice. We will be monitoring the situation as it unfolds regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it affects us here in North Dakota and locally in New Town. We will also be keeping you posted here on our website as well as on our Facebook page. In the side bar on our home page you will notice links to the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where they will be posting updated information about the virus as they learn more.

If you need to renew your library books and cannot make it in person, please call the library and we would be happy to renew them for you over the phone (701-627-4846). Also, you can access books, magazines, audio books and more through RB Digital. If you visit their website you will find information to set up an account. All you need is your patron number. RB Digital also has a mobile app which you can find in the Apple or Google Play app stores on your device. If you do not have your patron number, please call and we can help you with that as well.

Additionally, Prenda has made the coding club available at home! If your child misses coming to the library to code, they can still access it at home from their own laptop or desktop computer. Visit their website (https://app.prendacodeclub.com/) and have your child use the same log in they use at the library. If they have forgotten their log-in information, you can call the library for assistance.

All of us at the New Town City Library hopes everyone stays safe and healthy during this time. Our doors will remain open should you need to access the internet or check out any books, though please note below our temporary new hours of operation:

Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.