(West Fargo, ND) -- The West Fargo Public Library has a number of opportunities this fall for all ages. These new and returning services include a weekly Little Red Reading Bus stop, the return of in-library storytimes, one-on-one genealogy help, and one-on-one technology tutoring.
The Little Red Reading Bus will be making one weekly stop from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at Tintes Park at 131 6th Ave E, West Fargo.
“We had over 3,000 visits to Little Red Reading Bus stops this summer,” Deputy Director of Public Services Maria Kramer said. “A good number of those visits were at Tintes Park, which was a bus stop we chose to specifically serve residents who may be unfamiliar with public libraries or have linguistic barriers to using our services.”
Beginning Wednesday, storytimes are back at the West Fargo Public Library. From 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, children ages three to five are invited to Early Literacy Storytime. During Early Literacy Storytime, children strengthen early literacy skills through reading, singing, talking, writing, playing, and creating. This storytime focuses on growing a child's language development, vocabulary, social skills, and creativity. Early Literacy Storytime also fosters a desire for independent reading and learning in children.
Children ages two and under can attend Baby Boost Storytime on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Baby Boost Storytime is an opportunity for children and caregivers to interact and grow language and social skills. This storytime introduces babies, toddlers and their caregivers to books, rhymes, signs and play. Baby Boost Storytime also helps foster an emotional connection between each child and their caregiver. Children then associate that positive connection with literacy, reading and learning.
The library also offers many opportunities for adults. In October, library patrons can sign up for free one-on-one technology coaching by appointment. Appointment slots are 30-minutes and are available Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteer technology tutors are available to assist with topics like: basic computer, tablet, eReader or smartphone skills; basic internet and browser skills; setting up email or social media accounts; learning how to use apps and websites; and streaming and downloading digital media.
“We have a significant number of patrons who don’t have basic computer knowledge or need a refresher,” Kirsten Henagin, Adult Services Manager said. “Now, we can efficiently get those important questions answered thanks to our awesome pool of knowledgeable and helpful volunteers.”
Another one-on-one help opportunity is available for those who have an interest in family history research. Jackie Marler is available by appointment from 1 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. She can answer questions about genealogy, assist in research, provide resources, and share tips and tricks she has learned over her decades of experience. Visit www.westfargolibrary.org/1on1help to learn more or sign up for an appointment.
For the full list of events and programs at the West Fargo Public Library, click here.