Explore New Virtual and Remote Programs

New Youth Programs at Neill Public Library
Posted on 03/20/2021
Rachael Ritter

Libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building. The audiobooks that you listen to in your car, the online databases that help with your schoolwork, the grab & go activity bags you make at your kitchen table - our services meet you where you are. Since the pandemic, we've worked hard to meet our community's needs by adapting our resources and services. We're excited to announce that we will be expanding our radius and continuing to add additional services to our community in the next couple of weeks! From virtual reading challenges, picture book StoryWalk, book scavenger hunt, and family sidewalk chalk art activity – join the fun at your library! 

While many library services extend outside our library, we are excited that our patrons are finally allowed back inside. The Library is Open! Visit us in-person Monday through Friday, 10 am for our COVID-19 vulnerable population and 3,4,5, and 6 pm for general public hours. To schedule a 30-minute visit, call 509-334-3595. We have also extended our curbside service hours from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. 

We have lots of remote activities to choose from this spring, including our popular Grab & Go Activity Bags for youth of all ages including: weekly Storytime Bags for our preschool-age readers that correspond with Online Storytime (new Online Storytime videos are posted every Monday morning on the Neill Public Library website), bi-weekly STEAM bags for elementary-age readers, and monthly Teen Bag for our middle school and high school age readers (For March, we've partnered with the Pullman Art Car once again for our teens!) Stay up to date with our Grab & Go Activity Bags by signing up for our monthly newsletter or visiting NPL's Facebook page for weekly updates.  

New remote happenings at Neill Public Library include our Beanstack Online Spring Reading Challenge. Beanstack is a fun, mobile-friendly way for families to participate in online reading challenges. Log time spent reading (or listening to!) books, earn badges, and win prizes. Our Spring into Reading Challenge begins March 20th; log 10 hours of reading to complete the challenge and be entered to win an O-Ramen gift card. Register at https://neill-lib.beanstack.org or with the free Beanstack Tracker app.   

Enjoy reading outdoors? Take a stroll and participate in our first StoryWalk at Neill Public Library beginning March 29th. Laminated children's picture book pages will be displayed around our library building. Take a moment to step out of your car next time you are at the library and enjoy this new program.   

We will kick off National Library Week with a Book Scavenger Hunt. Books will be hidden across Pullman from April 5th - April 18th. Find a book hidden by NPL and be entered to win one of our three raffle basket prizes. To participate, find a hidden NPL book, take a picture of it, and email the picture to rachael.ritter@neill-lib.org to be entered to win a surprise raffle basket. The raffle drawing will be Monday, April 19th. 

Continuing with festivities, join Neill Public Library at the 2021 Palouse Family Fair Drive-Thru! Along with lots of local agencies, NPL will participate in this drive-thru event on Saturday, April 10th. We will have a Grab & Go Family Chalk Art Project to share with the community. Register through Palouse Alliance to pick up your goodie bag on April 10th.    

Whether you visit your library in person, curbside, or online, libraries offer endless opportunities to strengthen our community through access to technology, education, and programming. We hope to see you soon!  

Rachael Ritter, Youth Services, Neill Public Library