July is winding down, and stores have begun back-to-school sales. However, the library is not letting go of summer just yet. You still have until Aug. 9 to complete your Summer Reading Club goals and log your reading. We hope you have found enjoyable reading material, whether it has been a book, an eBook, an audiobook or a graphic novel.
As you finish your summer reading list, think about signing up for a book discussion. The library will host two book discussions in August. The teen book discussion will take place online at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Teens are invited to share their favorite recent reads, play a book-themed game, and maybe discover other books to try. Adults can join an in-person book discussion of “The Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Register for these book discussions through our online calendar at bataviapubliclibrary.org.
The Stock Your Classroom Sale is back! From 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, the Friends of the Batavia Public Library will host an educators’ sale in the FriendSpace. The event is open to all teachers, including preschool teachers, day care workers, home educators and those who teach and mentor kids. There will be books suitable for children, teens and adults. The price for all educator materials is 25 cents. Educators may participate by signing up for a half-hour time slot beginning Aug. 1. The link for the sign-up will be on the library’s website at bataviapubliclibrary.org/friends. We will limit the number of shoppers to 18 each half hour to allow for social distancing. Masking will follow the guidelines set by the library.
While the warm weather and long days are still here, we encourage you and your family to participate in the fun events we have planned for the rest of July and August. Your family can enjoy a little exercise and the beauty of the library’s Reading Garden at the Story Stroll anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 24. While strolling, have fun reading “The Hike” by Alison Farrell on the enlarged pages. This picture book tells the story of three girls’ friendship and their tribulations and triumphs in the great outdoors, and it proves that epic things can happen right in your own backyard.
When at the library, kids can try their luck at guessing the number of gumballs in our rainbow guessing jar. The closest guess wins a small prize. One guess each day, please. The rainbow guessing jar will be available July 26-31. No registration is required.
Check our online calendar for event and registration information at bataviapubliclibrary.org.
Patricia Leonard is the promotional services manager for the Batavia Public Library. The “@ Your Library” column runs on the fourth Thursday of each month.