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  • Writer's pictureMonique Gaddy

Adventures in Outreach - May 2022

Hello there! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! At the library we have been busy signing up families for Summer Reading! But we have also had a lot of fun visiting some places around the Caldwell area as well. Here's a recap of what we did in May, what we have planned for June!


In spring we were able to visit a few schools before summer began. We attended the Literacy Night that was held at Washington Elementary. There we were able to talk to families about our library services and the importance of literacy. There were so many families there! We also went to the Lakevue Elementary School Carnival. There we were able to offer library card sign up and talked about the upcoming Summer Reading program. We also were able to hang out at Caldwell High School and talk about Summer Reading volunteering. We have had so many volunteers sign up with us this year to help hand out Summer Reading logs and to help us give out book prizes. All their help makes all the difference for our program and we are so happy so many teens were able to volunteer this year!

We also attended a Summer Reading Celebration with Rediscovered Books. We had so much fun making pins and buttons with the families, giving out book recommendations at the Book Doctor booth, and we even 3D printed some cool bearded dragon prizes! Did you win one?

We took the Mobile Makerspace to Farmway Village in June as well. We enjoyed some food, STEM activities, STEM kits from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, and had some books to give away, too! The kids had so much fun learning about magnets and 3D printers. That is the farthest we have taken the Mobile Makerspace, and we had so much fun making the trip!


So far in June, we attended Family Fun Day to do some sidewalk chalk art and to give out some free books. We had a blast and even Clyde the Camel stopped by to say hello! We are going to be hanging out at Manchester Park with the Mobile Makerspace and the mayor. We will bring the Makerspace to Get the Funk Out laundromat, where we have our very first literacy center for the families who do laundry there. We will also stop by the Caldwell senior center to talk about the Talking Book Service and our technology tutoring services. We have also been at the downtown plaza to host storytimes, have you caught one yet? Lastly, we will be working with WICAP headstart to do some storytimes as well!


Does it sound like a lot? That is because it is! We are trying to make sure that we can get to as many places as possible so that all of Caldwell gets a chance to experience fun activities such as STEM activities, 3D printing, or storytimes. Do you think you can make one of our events? Our events are listed on our library programs for each month. Do you want to know more information about any of the locations or partnerships we have with our community? Please reach out and let us know and we can guide you in the right direction. And don't forget to stop into the library and sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Hope we see you soon!

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