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Dear Library Community,

Happy New Year! We've got some new things that we're excited to tell you about. For our 2021 Siuslaw Reading Challenge, we're changing things up a bit, and we'll take you on a virtual tour of the library. And don't forget to turn in your completed 2020 entry by January 15!

As we prepare for the upcoming Best Books presentation, we're looking for your nominations for the best books you read last year. (See below for survey link.)

Due to the county and statewide freeze, we've temporarily cut back some services, including computer appointments and kids' activity kits. But we're still offering curbside pickup and we're available to take your calls during regular hours. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. As always, check out our website for COVID-19 news and resources. We'll expand services as we can safely do so for patrons and staff.

Here's to a better year in 2021. Wear your mask, stay safe, and we can't wait to see you again soon!
Nominate Your 2020 Favorites for Best Books
We need your opinion! Did you read some great new books last year? Kevin is working on his annual Best Books presentation, and we're looking for your nominations in fiction, nonfiction, children's, YA, graphic novels, and more.

Fill out our quick survey by January 15. (Responses will be kept anonymous.) Then watch for our virtual Best Books program coming soon!
MLK Day Holiday Hours
Monday
, January 18
The library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We'll reopen for phone calls and curbside pickup on Tuesday, January 19.
See What's New in the Collection
Check out our new videos this month featuring what's new on the fiction and nonfiction shelves, DVDs, and more. Watch our social media for the latest videos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when there's something new!
Book Brunch
Thursday, January 14, 10:30 AM
You're invited! For our January meeting, we'll be discussing Diane Setterfield's Once Upon a River. Everyone is welcome.

Contact ref@siuslawlibrary.org or call 541-997-3132 to request a copy of the book and to get the required Zoom meeting passcode.

See you there!
Siuslaw Reading Challenge 2021:
Around the Library!

We're trying something new this year: Around the Library in Twelve Months! Each month we'll be highlighting a different collection, but you can read or enjoy things in any order. Get your game board to play along with our virtual yearlong tour of the library. (Download the printable PDF or request a copy with your curbside pickup items.)

See the full details and list of themes on our website: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/reading-challenge.

January Spotlight: This month, we're highlighting easy picture books. Browse our catalog or request a librarian-chosen selection for curbside pickup. We've got everything from classic folk tales to vegetables in underwear.

2020 Challenge Drawing: Did you finish last year's Siuslaw Reading Challenge? Don't forget to turn in your completed punch card by January 15 to enter our grand prize drawing. Drop it off during curbside hours, or mail it to us at the address below. Good luck!
Curbside Hold Pickup is Here!
Phone Request Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM
Pickup Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 AM - 2 PM; Friday 11 AM - 6 PM

Curbside pickup has moved into our front lobby for the season. You can also drop off your returns and pick up kids' activities at the same time. Don't forget your mask!

Call us at 541-997-3132 during phone request hours, or go to https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/item-request-form any time to get started. You can request up to five items, which are usually available the following weekday.

We're now doing weekly pickup service in Mapleton, too. Call us to arrange to get your materials at the Mapleton branch on Thursday afternoons.

We're not doing walk-in/drive-up orders at either location, so you'll need to call ahead or go online to make your requests. We can even select things for you based on what you like!

Need help searching the catalog? Check out this brief video that will give you an overview of basic and power searches, and browsing new items.
Item Returns
Monday-Thursday, 11 AM - 2 PM
Friday, 11 AM - 6 PM

We've moved the item return bins into the front lobby. You can now pick up your holds and drop off your returns in the same place. Don't forget your mask to enter the building!

Days and hours remain the same. We're quarantining returns for 72 hours before checking them in.

For upriver patrons, the outside book drop at Mapleton is open.
Use Our Free Wifi
We're not currently offering public computer appointments, but if you have your own device, you can use our internet from the privacy of your vehicle. Our free public wifi is on during the day and evening in the Florence and Mapleton library parking lots. We've recently increased the signal in Florence with new access points. There's no password required for wifi. Look for the blue signs in the parking lot with network information.
Need Tech Help? Book a Librarian!
Did you get a new device for the holidays? Questions about video chatting, downloading ebooks, ordering groceries on your phone, or other online services? Make a 30-minute phone or video appointment with one of our librarians. Go to our website to fill out the request form.
Explore Our Digital Collection
Did you know you have access to thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks with your library card? Check out the collection on our website.

If you're new to e-reading, take a look at this short video that'll show you how to get started.
Stay Connected
Telephone: 541-997-3132 (Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 6 PM)
Email: ref@siuslawlibrary.org
Social Media: For news, resources, and fun stuff, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Newsletter: If you haven't already, subscribe to our monthly newsletter (link below).
Storytime: Join Miss Gayle every Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 AM on Facebook Live for reading, singing, playing, and laughing. All ages are welcome!
Apply for a Card: Fill out the online form to request a temporary library card. It's quick and easy!
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