The Coy Public Library, located at 73 W. King St. in downtown Shippensburg, is currently sponsoring an array of interesting programs for children and their families online. The coronavirus pandemic has challenged the Youth Services Department to be creative. Youth Services Director Sami McCulloch shared that the library’s online programming has proven to have some advantages. One advantage to online programming is it is more widely accessible. McCulloch noted that the Virtual Escape Room has been enjoyed by participants in different time zones! Another advantage is children and families are not limited to a program’s specific time and therefore, can enjoy a program when most convenient for them. Youth Services Assistant Sarah Cornman shared another positive aspect, which is the fact that physical space is not limited, and whole families can participate as opposed to only children. Currently, the youth services programs online include the read-aloud book, ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ Reading Camp, Storytimes and Baby and Me. McCulloch and Cornman are working on adapting the Passport, American Girls Club, Book and Boots and LEGO club for fall online enjoyment. Both are anxious to welcome back their patrons when it is safe to do so. They miss the children’s smiling faces and the one-to-one interaction. They will continue to work hard to serve the community in the most safe manner.
McCulloch and Cornman request that participants ‘like’ them on Facebook, and encourage children and families to continue watching the programs and checking out books.