Update – May 27th

STATUS OF SERVICES AT CANNON FALLS LIBRARY

Gradual Plan Being Created to Safely Open the Library for Services

The Cannon Falls Library is gradually opening for service. At this time, we provide the following: curbside delivery, online programs on Facebook and Youtube, mystery bag checkouts, phone and online reference services, and timely, factual information sharing. 

Governor Walz has allowed the stay-at-home order to expire and businesses to reopen, but they are cautioned only to do so if they can protect users. Since libraries are “high-touch” spaces, where people often spend a lot of time close together, libraries throughout the SELCO region are working on plans to address those needs.

Among our concerns in Cannon Falls are: number of people in the space, use of shared computing resources, and how to provide a safe user experience for both our patrons and our staff.

Strategies we are undertaking include: cleaning surfaces regularly with disinfectants approved by the EPA, spacing people out at safe distances by scheduling appointments on only half of the public computers at one time, not gathering in groups by offering book discussions, storytimes, craft classes, and fitness classes online, and installing protective equipment to provide protection between staff and patrons with sneeze shields at the circulation desks and public computers, hand sanitizer near the entrance, staff wearing masks, and strongly encouraging the public to wear masks.
Right now we do not have access to enough of the supplies we need to make it possible to reopen. Efforts are under way to obtain those, and to install the necessary equipment. We recognize that our services are essential to so many who are dealing with the pandemic, and in order to be accessible as quickly and safely as possible, anticipate a phased reopening, rather than a “the doors are now open” reopening. As we are able to begin that, we will advise our community through our Facebook page, our website, email newsletter, and by notices posted on our front door. 

Please bear with us at this difficult time as we are trying to be responsible and safe for all members of our community. We are excited to see you again soon in the library! 

Library Director Miller

Update !

We know many of you are wondering how Governor Walz’s reopening of businesses affects the Cannon Falls Library. Since closing, staff and the library board have been working on a plan to safely reopen with a phased approach, and we are currently waiting on delivery and installation of necessary supplies to do so.

We look forward to opening our doors to you soon, but will do so in a way that protects the safety and health of our staff, patrons, and community.

In the meantime we continue to offer curbside, virtual programs, and answering your questions in a “Dial-a-Librarian” kind of way. Watch this page and our website for further updates, and stay well!

Library Director Miller

Mystery Bags Available

Many of us are looking for ways to fill our days and be entertained. Need a little help with some diversion? Your Cannon Falls Library has just that!

If you want something to read, watch or listen to we can put something together for you in a “Mystery Bag.” Call us or email us with what you would like and library staff will do the rest. Items can include magazines, audio books, comic books, DVD’s, music CD’s and books.

Some suggestions for a bag could include materials for a 10 year old who likes sports, science, animals or crafts. A teenager who likes graphic novels, dystopia or anime. An adult who likes cooking, World War II history, finances, exercise – you name it!

Contact the library at 507 263-2804  M-F from 10 to 5 or email us at cfl_ill@selco.info. and let us know what we can provide for you.

Curbside Pick-up will Resume Monday April 13th

Library Curbside Pick-up will Resume Monday April 13th

We are happy to announce that the Cannon Falls Library will resume curbside pick-up beginning on Monday April 13th.
The library building will continue to remain closed to the public.
The library hours for curbside pick-up will be Monday – Friday 10am – 5 pm (No Saturday hours).
Here’s how it works:
Order the items you would like through the online library catalog or call us at 507-263-2804 and we can order items for you.

Shortly before you come to the library call us with your library card number and we will check the items out for you and bag them up.

Come to the front door (only use the front door) and knock on the door. Please step back from the door and a library staff member, wearing a mask and gloves, will place your items on a table outside the door. Once the door is closed you may claim your bag of items.

All items that you are returning must go in the back book-drop (located in the back parking lot). No returns will be taken at the front door. All items returned to the library are being cleaned for the safety of everyone.
If you have questions, please call the library 507-263-2804.

No Library Card, No Problem

Want to borrow eBooks and Audio-books?
Don’t have a library card? No problem.
You can now get an instant digital card through Overdrive or the Libby app using your mobile phone. You’ll have access to eBooks and audio-books to help pass the time while we #StayHomeMN.

Stay Home MN – Discontinuing Curbside Service

Due to Governor Walz’s Stay at Home Executive Order, we will discontinue curbside service for the next 2 weeks. If you have requested any items, they must be picked up by 2pm Friday, March 27th. If you have a burning need for a new book in the meantime, please check out our ever-growing Overdrive collection. All you need is your library card.
 
All library staff will work from home. If you have research questions, please email or Facebook message us, and we’ll get back to you. We know this is difficult for you to not come to the library. We feel it, too. We can get through this together. Stay well, my friends!
 
Library Director Nicole

Library Curbside Pick-up

Library Curbside Pick-up

While the library building is closed to the public, we are offering curbside pick-up of library materials.
Here’s how it works:
Order the items you would like through the online library catalog or call us 507-263-2804 and we can order items for you.

Shortly before you come to the library call us with your library card number and we will check the items out for you and bag them up. Come to the front door (only use the front door) and knock on the door and we will hand the bag of items to you.
All items that you are returning must go in the back book-drop (located in the parking lot). No returns will be taken at the front door. All items returned to the library are being cleaned for the safety of everyone.
If you have questions, please call the library 507-263-2804

Low Intensity, Low Impact, Chair Cardio & Balance Class Video’s

We are bringing these favorite  workouts,  which Nicole has been teaching on Wednesdays & Fridays, to you via our New YouTube Channel.  This will keep you moving while you’re home. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our New YouTube channel.

Here’s the Low Intensity, No Impact workout I teach at Cannon Rivers Senior Living. Live from my spare room. Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t exercise!

We may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your balance class!  You can do this video again and again until we can see each other again face to face.

Fit Friday Chair Cardio Class

Fun Resources For Everyone

With kids learning from home, we wanted to share some of the great resources we’ve found. We’ll update this list as we find more resources, so check back often.

From learning resources to fun story times, science activities, art and much more. Enjoy!

Story Times

  • Story Time via Brightly
  • Story Time Online
  • Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
  • Peter H Reynolds, author of The Dot, is reading aloud from his books via Facebook live.

Preschool  & Elementary Age Resources

  • Sesame Street Caring for Each Other – resources designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy.
  • KitLit TV – KidLit TV has created a virtual library available to readers on their site. The virtual library includes tutorials, read-alouds, podcasts and other activities.
  • K12 Reader – Free printable worksheets and articles for reading skills, spelling, grammar and more.
  • Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School Daze and My Weirder School (chapter books)will be reading some of his books.
  • Pete the Cat Activities, Songs and Educational Video’s.
  • JLG Junior Library Guide – Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing? As the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation, it’s our honor to offer you these free resources to help keep students’ brains busy and blossoming.
  • Audible Stories – For as long as schools are closed, Audible is allowing free streaming of audiobooks for kids. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home – Scholastic Learn at Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.” In addition to general learning materials, the publisher has also created a website for teaching young people about the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Math Meets Homebuilding with Ty Pennington.
  • Jarret J. Krosoczka’s “Every Day with JJK” – Join the bestselling author of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, National Book Award finalist Hey Kiddo and the Lunch Lady series for an all-ages drawing masterclass on his homepage and his Youtube Channel
  • Author and illustrator Grace Lin is offering drawing tutorials and reading from her books.
  • Authors Everywhere, includes activities, writing workshops and readings from a range of authors. In addition to keeping kids busy, the workshops are also meant to give young people an emotional outlet for addressing their fears about the pandemic.
  • MidAmerica Books is offering FREE access to all of their eBooks and databases through June, 2020.

For All Ages

  • Take a virtual field trip to one of these 12 famous museums from your couch.
  • This is a list (with links) to free and temporarily free educational resources for online learning for all ages.
  • At-home resources for kids and their grownups with KiwiCo