Wine & Wisdom

Since we can’t gather in person  at Basalt Cellars as we normally do, the programs will be presented on Zoom.  Basalt Cellars Winery is generously offering a 15% discount on a bottle of wine so you can enjoy a glass or two while you’re watching the presentation at home!  These programs are made possible by Humanities Washington.  More information on the speakers and topics can be found on the calendar at humanities.org.

August 11, 6:30pm      Higher Power: The History of Evangelicals in American Politics
Register here to be sent the Zoom link.

Speaker Matthew Sutton will explore the history and meaning behind a uniquely American movement: Evangelical Christianity. Evangelicals are the strongest religious voting block in America, despite being a relatively new coalition. How did they come to hold such power?

August 18, 6:30pm     Should I Still Watch This Show? Pop Culture in the #MeToo Era
Register here to receive the Zoom link.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, in which dozens of high-profile individuals in the entertainment industry have been accused of harassment or abuse, many of us are asking: “Should I still be watching this?”

Explore the cultural and economic issues inherent in consuming entertainment made by people whose behaviors we find questionable, distasteful, or even criminal. Media and feminism scholar Amy Peloff will ask important questions including: How do we weigh the cultural value of art against the behavior of the individual creating it? What do we think accountability in the #MeToo movement should look like? Do the decisions we make around our pop culture consumption even matter?

August 25, 6:30pm     Is Truth Really Dead in America?
You’ll be sent the Zoom link after registering here.

Alternative facts, fake news, post-truth—these phrases have flooded the American conversation over the past several years. But how bad is it really, and what can we, as a society and as individuals, do to be better informed?  Steven Stehr will take us through real-world examples of conspiracy theories, junk science, and fake news so we can find facts in a world of misinformation.

Summer Book Bingo For Adults

Adults are encouraged to participate in this year’s Imagine Your Story Book Bingo! Keep track of the books you read between June 21 and August 31 and fill in your bingo squares for an opportunity to win prizes!  Download your bingo card here or pick up a printed copy at the Downtown Library. You’ll  find all of the info you need to participate on the back of the bingo card.

First bingo earns you the opportunity to pick a prize from our prize stash, which includes Kenzie’s Koffee cards, books, notepads,  and more. Complete all 25 squares for a Blackout and have your name entered in a drawing for the Grand Prize – an Asotin County Library book bag and a Kindle Paperwhite.

Need Suggestions for Your Squares? Ask a librarian for recommendations! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for recommendations and visit our Reader’s Corner at asotincountylibrary.org. Have fun and happy reading!

 

Asotin County Library has adopted the Urban Libraries Council’s statement on race and social equity

In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 174 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. The statement reads as follows:

As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

Online Resources For You

Movies, Reading & Listening

Valnet OverDrive – download books to listen to and read (library card needed)

Washington Anytime Overdrive – Washington residents have access to huge collection of books to download and read (library card needed)

TumbleBooks – K-6 children’s ebook database which includes picture books, easy readers, middle grade books, graphic novels, videos, nonfiction and puzzles & games

TumbleMath – a comprehensive math resource using picture books to present math concepts for elementary school students, complete with quizzes

TeenBookCloud – an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books

AudioBookCloud – unlimited streaming access to a huge collection of audiobooks for adults

RomanceBookCloud – a large collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd
(The use of the five resources listed above is generously donated by TumbleBooks for a few months.)

The online resources listed below may prompt you to enter your library card number.  If you don’t have one use this: 21853000000000.

News

NewsBank – State, local and national newspapers

ProQuest – For newspaper and magazine articles, click on ‘more’ found at top right above Search bar

Tech Skills 

Lynda.com – self-paced courses for professional development and personal interest (library card needed)  Please note that you need to be a resident of Washington to gain access to Lynda.com.  To set up an account, you will need your library card number and a PIN.  Your PIN is your last name.

Tech-Talk – tech topics explained, from the basic to the advanced  Login information-User Name: asotin  Password: asotin

Job & Career Tools

Learning Express Library – Resume and career support, practice tests for academic professional and licensing tests

JobNow – Tools for the job seeker

Career Transitions – Resumes & cover letters, interview practice, internships, job-tracking and career exploration

Family History & Genealogy

HeritageQuest – Genealogy, Census records

Asotin County Heritage – Historical local photos and documents

Other Topics

Chilton Library – Auto repair

World Book Online – Online encyclopedia

Boredom Busters for Teens

Read, Watch and Listen

TeenBookCloud – an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books

Valnet OverDrive – download books to listen to and read (need library card)

Washington Anytime Overdrive – Washington residents have access to huge collection of books to download and read (need library card)

Career Preparation and Life Skills

Lynda.com  Please note that you need to be a resident of Washington to gain access to Lynda.com.  To set up an account, you will need your library card number and a PIN.  Your PIN is your last name.
Learn job and technology skills at your own pace. Take online tutorials on topics like:

  • software and computer skills
  • web design
  • computer programming
  • video editing
  • job and career paths

Driver’s License Prep – tips on what you’ll face on the driver’s test and a bank of over 300 questions that are similar, if not identical, to what you’ll face at the DOL when you take your learner’s permit or driver’s license exam

Tech-Talk – tech topics explained, from the basic to the advance      Login information   User Name: asotin    Password: asotin

Learning Express Library – Resume and career support, practice tests for academic professional and licensing tests

JobNow – Tools for the job seeker

Career Transitions – Resumes & cover letters, interview practice, internships, job-tracking and career exploration

What’s Next? – career, college or military?

Working From Home and Need a Break?

Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, Musee d’Orsay Paris

Try these free activities if you’re at home!

Take a virtual museum tour

Tour a National Park

Explore your family history

Take a virtual field trip with your kids

Stream a book on AudioBookCloud

Learn some new tech skills     Login information   User Name: asotin    Password: asotin

Listen to audiobooks or read ebooks
Any Valnet cardholder
Washington residents only

Love is in the air. Actually, it is in the cloud.  Read a steamy romance from the huge collection in RomanceBookCloud.

Learn something new at LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com  Please note that you need to be a resident of Washington to gain access to Lynda.com.  To set up an account, you will need your library card number and a PIN.  Your PIN is your last name.

Virtually ‘ride’ Disney attractions from your living room

 

At-Home Learning & Fun For Kids

Kids Stuck in the House With Too Much Free Time?

Listen & Learn With Books***Have Fun With Math & Science!***Draw and Create!***Learn Something New!

Listen and Learn With Books

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.  Activity guides included.

TumbleBookLibrary
K-6 children’s ebook database which includes picture books, easy readers, middle grade books, graphic novels, videos, nonfiction and puzzles & games.  TumbleBookLibrary is graciously donating the use of this resource during this time of school closures.

Favorite Book Character Printables
Here are some links to printables that will help your child practice reading and writing skills with their favorite book characters.

Into the Book
Go ‘into the book’ to play games that practice reading strategies!

Have Fun With Math & Science

Science Games
Online science games from PBS KIDS.

TumbleMath
A comprehensive math resource using picture books to present math concepts for elementary school students, complete with quizzes.  TumbleMath is graciously donating the use of this resource during this time of school closures.

The Exploratorium
Explore, Play, Discover: websites, activities, and more from the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Khan Academy
A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.  Has lessons by grade level for math and many more subjects.

Science Kids
An  interactive learning website that focuses on teaching children the wonders of science.

Draw and Create

Raising Wonder
Art lessons and creative activities/printables/coloring pages and crafts

Stimola Live
Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

Learn Something New

National Geographic Kids
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.

History For Kids
Cool games, videos, worksheets on many historical events that will help you understand those that have gone before us.

Highlights Kids
Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments.

Switchzoo.com
Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals.

Virtual Field Trips
20 virtual field trips and related activities.

Typing Club
Learn touch typing for free.

 

What to do if your finances take a hit due to COVID-19

Visit these websites for information:

For Workers and Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Washington State Employment Security has programs to help workers and businesses affected by COVID-19.

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Protect yourself financially from the impact of coronavirus.

Idaho Department of Labor
Information about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Insurance

 

More Days for Curbside Pick-up Beginning August 3!

Monday through Friday 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm

(Downtown branch only, Heights & Asotin branches not open at this time)

Requests are limited to Asotin County Library downtown branch items only.  Items from other Valnet libraries and libraries outside of Valnet are not available at this time.

To request items for pick up, do one of the following:

  • Log in to your account at www.valnet.org
  • Email a list to yourlibrary@aclib.org
  • Call (509) 758-5454

If emailing or calling to request items, please do so at least 4 hours before you would like to pick them up.

To pick up requests, please call ahead of time to allow staff to get items ready for pick up.

Items will be left in paper bags on a table outside of the library – bags will be labeled with first 3 letters of last name and first 3 letters of first name.  In order to maintain social distancing, please wait in your car until there is no one in the pickup area.

There will be a cart outside to put items being returned or you may use the book drop in the alley.

All returned items will be quarantined for 4 days and will remain on your account during that time.