Summer Reading Kickoff Party – Friday June 3, 7-9pm

Go overboard with an evening of fun for the entire family. The main parking of the library will be blocked off for attractions. Entertainment will include games, crafting, face painting and the sudsy spectacle of the bubble bus. Snowcones will be available for purchase. This event is in partnership with Neighborhood Reads, Friends of the Library, and the Community Literacy Foundation. Friday, June 3, 7-9 pm. ALL AGES

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Online Service for Veterans: Brainfuse VetNow

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 Get free online job and academic assistance for Veterans and much more with your library card. Visit VetNow by clicking here. Click here to see the User’s Guide (pdf file). Washington Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse VetNow™ – offering support for local veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance. VetNow™ will be available to all patrons from any computer or mobile device starting immediately. According to Francesco Lecciso, one of Brainfuse’s co-founders: “As part of our ongoing mission to connect those who need help with resources and live experts, we created VetNow to assist veterans in acquiring job-enhancing academic skills and navigating the often complex benefits system. Given all that veterans have sacrificed and contributed, we are proud to partner with the Missouri State Library to offer this valuable service. “ VetNow includes the following features: LIVE ONLINE NAVIGATORS: VetNow Navigators are veterans trained to help their peers connect with valuable benefits and resources: Answer questions related to benefits eligibility Refer patrons to applicable community resources for housing, healthcare, and education benefits Assist patrons with locating accredited claims agents JOB TOOLS: Designed to help with all stages of the job-hunting process, the VetNow Job Tools feature career coaching, expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, and more. With the Job Tools patrons can: Use the career resources to discover their best career fit based on education, experience, and personality Search for a job using nationwide and local resources Download templates for the most common resume types Receive resume and cover letter assistance from trained experts Brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches COLLEGE SKILLS: Users build academic skills and prepare for college with VetNow’s array of tools, including: Interaction with live tutors in a wide range of college level subjects Live skills tutoring and an extensive library of lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI, GRE, GMAT, and more Live or asynchronous expert analysis of writing, complete with constructive comments Asynchronous 24/7 help with academic questions Live help for language learners Create and share flashcards, tests, and educational games This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities

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Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities, May 31 – July 31. Summer Reading Registration. Starts May 31. Kickoff Party. In the Library Parking Lot. Go overboard with an evening of fun for the entire family. Featuring the Bubble Bus and activities. This event is in partnership with Neighborhood Reads, Friends of the Library, and the Community Literacy Foundation. Friday, June 3, 7-9pm ALL AGES Friends of the Library Author Series: Ann Hazelwood Quilted Cherries. Book signing and quilt talk. Sunday June 5, 2:00 pm. ADULT/TEEN Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tea. Across the pond, our cousins are celebrating Queen Eliabeth II’s 70 years on the throne. We will join in the joyous occasion by practicing our royal struts and waves, learning the Queen’s English and crafting a “fascinator.” Dress fancy to rule the kingdom. Registration starts Tuesday May 31. Limit to 35. Wednesday June 8 @ 10:00 am.KIDS Friends of the Library Author Series: Ron Jacober and Bob Tiemann ’64 Cardinals. KMOX personality Ron Cacober & Bob Tiemann will discuss their book, ’64 Cardinals: A Team, A Season, and a Showdown for the Ages. Thursday June 16 @ 6:30 pm. ADULT/TEEN How to Snag a Sea Monster. After a monstrous wave washes a creature ashore, the people of a small Cape Cod town hear a strange wailing. A Mesner Puppet Theater Presentation. Friday June 17 @ 10:00 am in the City Council Chambers. FAMILY An Evening with Wiley Cash. New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash presents his latest novel, When Ghosts Come Home. Generously sponsored by Kay Hazel. Friday June 24 @ 7:30 p.m. ADULT Paint Night for Adults. Create a masterpiece under the guidance of our paint instructor. All supplies provided. Registration starts Monday June 13. Limited to 25. Wednesday June 29 @ 6:00 pm. ADULT Sammy J Balloon Show. Amazing sea creature balloon sculptures emerge as a tale of a magic dolphin is shared. Wednesday July 13 @ 10;00 am. FAMILY Teen Paint Party. We’ll have a whale of a good time creating masterpieces at our guided paint program. All supplies provided. Ages 12 and up. Registration starts Friday July 1. Limited to 25. Wednesday July 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. TEEN Make & Take Tuesday. An evening of crafting at the library. Materials and instructions provided. Tuesday July 19 @ 6:00 pm. ADULT/TEEN Pirate School. Yo Ho, Mateys! Grab your pirate garb and come ready to walk the plan and dig for pieces of eight. Buried treasure awaits our pirate apprentices. For scalawags of all sizes. Tuesday July 26 @ 10:00 am. KIDS Friends of the Library Author Series: Dea Hoover. Hoover will discuss her book: Hannibal: A Walk Through History. Tuesday July 26 @ 6:30 pm. ADULT/TEEN

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Press Release: Washington Public Library awarded 2022 STEM Kits Grant

Washington Public Library has been awarded a 2022 STEM Kits Grant in the amount of $4,000. The Friends of the Library pledged an additional $2,000 in funds towards STEM Kits, for a total of $6,000. With these funds, the library will add approximately 46 STEM Kits that will be available for 2-week checkouts. Kits include subjects such as “All About Dinosaurs,” “Engineering, Gears and Mazes,” “Let’s Explore Space,” and “Robotics and Coding Kit.” We anticipate that the kits will be available by summer. Kits will vary in age group from Pre-K through 4th Grade +. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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