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Library to host virtual storyfest, craft time



FORT BRAGG — The Fort Bragg Library staff and friends will miss our role in Paul Bunyan Days. For the past five years, we’ve hosted the Kiddie Parade that covers a rectangular route from City Hall to Bainbridge Park. “Paul Bunyan” leads the way with a police escort. Participating children wear costumes, winning prizes in several age groups. One grand prize is given for the best costume overall.
The weather is always spectacular, though the sun can be blazing and hot! Luckily, otter pops await the marchers.
Staff members and Honored Guests judge the event and Friends of Fort Bragg Library sponsors great prizes from Spunky Skunk or Bookwinkles. Kids show up in western gear, storybook characters and one year, Broadway Musicals. Sometimes a family will take a theme, decorate their wagon or bicycles and play different characters. A group prize was awarded to a fantastic Harry Potter ensemble.
Our children’s librarian emcees the show and families eat snacks and admire each other in the park after the prizes. One highlight of the parade is the chance to pose with Paul Bunyan and his axe.
You may see our 6’5 giant (local field biologist, Mike Stephens) and a mighty 3-foot axe at his side. This year we’ll do a virtual Paul and Babe storyfest online and hand out a Western-themed craft from Friday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 11. The craft will be available through a curbside request or at our Returns Door.
Though the library building at 499 E. Laurel has been closed since mid-March, we’ve been steadily serving the public through curbside checkouts. People request books, movies, music or games from our online catalog and we fill the requests. For those who can’t search the catalog and place requests, we take orders over the phone or make the selections for you.
It’s hard for parents to go author by author and choose books, so we’re more than happy to fill up a grocery bag of kids’ books if we know the children’s ages and likes. We still have nearly 3000 items checked out from before the closure. Though we’re completely fine-free at this time, we’d love to get the material back.
The Returns Room is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Check-in is delayed for four days while material sits in quarantine.) Call Mon-Fri between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you have questions about curbside requests or returns.
We want to commend our patrons for their resilience, patience and cooperative spirit during the closure. 125 amazing youth participated in Summer Reading Game although there were no wild animals, puppeteers and magicians to entertain them. Beyond the reading program, our whole community participated in the curbside game–allowing books and movies to transport them far from “sheltering-in-place.”
The true magic of the library lies in the imagination; the pathway is an open mind.

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