With the exception of a Zumba group that gathered in the parking lot, the Hardin County Public Library has not had any in-person adult programming as of March 2020. That all changes on August 2 when the library returns. to a full in-person adult programming program.
Upcoming adult programs include book clubs, writing groups, adult education, health and fitness classes and workshops, arts and crafts programs, and movie shows. , games and camaraderie.
“Some of these opportunities include tai chi, tech tutorials, yoga, elder law and Alzheimer’s disease education, zumba, English as a second language and a wide variety of other activities, including a walking group that meets at Freeman Lake (park), “said Rebekah Akers, adult services librarian.
Library director René Hutcheson said staff failed to interact with patrons and their smiling faces.
“Some of them usually browse the shelves and check the books before or after their classes,” she said.
While some groups may have met on Zoom, others, like the Bridge Club, have really missed the regular library meetings, Hutcheson said.
Hutcheson said she was amazed at how quickly library staff were able to deliver online programming during the pandemic, which included virtual storytelling hours, teen programs, and adult programs on Zoom, YouTube. and Facebook.
“The staff is to be commended for working so well together to help each other deliver innovative programs to our library patrons during such a difficult time,” she said.
Teen programming increased when it was online, Hutcheson said. Some teen activities like Dungeons & Dragons are coming back in person this month, but programs like Anime, Girls who Code, and Teen Book Club are still live for now.
As for the kids’ department, a summer reading program ends July 31 with T-Rex tea, Hutcheson said.
“This is the last day for the kids to bring back their Reading Challenge forms and collect their prizes,” she said.
On Monday, a Birds of Prey program is at 1 p.m. for children aged 4 and over outside the library. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky will bring three birds of prey to the program, she said.
Regarding COVID precautions at the library, Hutcheson said staff members are monitoring infection rates locally and staying in contact with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.
“Obviously if things change we can go back to online programs or take extra precautions,” she said. “For now, we are asking people to be responsible and not to leave the house if they feel sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick.”
Staff also regularly clean and sanitize high contact surfaces and will provide hand sanitizer throughout the library, Hutcheson said.
Akers said everyone at the library was delighted to see visitors return.
“We’ve had so many customers over the past few months who have consistently asked when we’ll be coming back in person, and they’re so excited to be able to come back and come together,” Akers said. “Many of our clients rely on our programming to share information, make valuable connections and stay engaged in the community. “
Akers said that while many are excited about the return of in-person programming, there are those who are hesitant or unable to get back to normal yet.
“In an effort to meet their needs as well, we will continue to offer a selection of programs online,” she said.
Hutcheson added that the library has subscribed to Mango Languages which teaches over 70 languages of the world. Remote access is compatible with mobile devices and is free for library users. Information is online and a library card is needed to create a profile to learn a new language through the program, she said.
Those interested in library programming can keep up to date with what’s going on on hcpl.info or social media accounts. The library’s full August programming schedule, including registration links, can be found on its website and Facebook page.