April 2020 Safer At Home Edition                  


Happening @ the Library this month:

Our doors may be closed but we have some great programs happening all month long on our Facebook pages!


• Digital Storytime with Miss Beth

• Safer at Home BINGO

• Let's Go on Vacation Book Club with Miss Beth at 7 pm


• Digital Storytime with Miss Mary

• Weekly Writing Prompt

• Community Bookshelf Book Discussion

• Let's Go on Vacation Book Club with Miss Beth at 7 pm


• Digital Storytime with Miss Beth

• Let's Go on Vacation Book Club with Miss Beth at 7 pm


• Digital Storytime with Miss Mary

• Cooped Up Crafts

• Let's Go on Vacation Book Club with Miss Beth at 7 pm


• Digital Storytime with Miss Beth

• Board Game Night at 4:30 pm

• Let's Go on Vacation Book Club with Miss Beth at 7 pm


• Movie Night with Hoopla



Although our doors are closed due to COVID-19, we are still working behind-the-scenes to serve you! Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

1. If you have items checked out, all due dates have been extended to May 1, 2020. 
2. WAPL book returns are currently closed.
3. If your library card has been expired since September 2019, it has now been renewed allowing you access to online resources.
4. Visit our website for access to online resources like ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and more! Click on the 'eBooks and Streaming button to see what's available.
5. You can continue to ask questions of the librarians! Using the library website, click on the 'Ask a Librarian' button and complete the form.




 Safer At Home Reading 

Now through May 1, 2020

Since most of us are staying safer at home we have launched an all ages Safer at Home Reading Program!

Log in from home at westallislibrary.beanstack.org and track your minutes reading (all ages are encouraged to participate). Everyone who reads 30 minutes will receive a 'Safer at Home Reading' pin. When the library reopens we'll draw winners to receive a free book!

If you have already participated in summer or winter reading, you should already have a Beanstack account. Librarians are checking email so please use the Ask A Librarian form to ask any questions.




  Adults & Teens: Find us on Facebook  to participate 
in these weekly programs!   


Safer at Home BINGO 

Each Monday staff will post a new BINGO card with things to do throughout the week!


Tuesday Writing Prompts

Now is the time to fill that journal! Each Tuesday a new prompt will be posted encouraging reflective thinking. This is a great opportunity for Teens who need some school-like material to be working on!


Community Bookshelf Book Discussion

On Tuesday afternoons we'll share a topic and enourage you to share a book to add to our #waplbookshelf. 


Cooped Up Crafts

Each Thursday a video will be posted demonstrating easy projects with common household supplies.


Weekend Reading Poll

Would you rather read.....? Each Thursday a new poll will be posted with the results posted the following Wednesday.


Board Game Night

Every Friday at 4:30 pm - play games with library friends within the comfort of your own home.


Movie Night with Hoopla

Saturday is movie night! On Saturdays, be on the lookout for a curated movie list with titles available to you via Hoopla!


In addition to these new online programs we will continue to have our regular weekly posts including #ResourceSpotlight Wednesdays
and #BookFaceFriday.




Check out the West Allis Public Library Children's Services
Facebook page
for Digital Storytimes and more!  




Join both Miss Beth and Miss Mary for Digital Storytimes Monday through Friday! Storytimes will be posted mid-morning!












Friday, April 3 

Join us for a special  bilingual storytime in Spanish and English.                           

Let's Go on Vacation Digital Book Club
Monday through Friday, 7 PM

Join Miss Beth each week as she reads from the "Where is..." book series. Each evening, Monday through Friday at 7 PM a new video with new chapters will be posted.


Fiction Book Club
Coming soon!
Keep checking our Facebook page for a Fiction book club with Miss Mary!


Check out these awesome online resources
you can use from home!


Ask A Librarian

Your favorite Librarians are checking email and are available to answer your questions! Whether it's library account questions, help finding general information on a topic, or you are looking for some read-alikes, please reach out! We want to help! To ask a question click here and fill out the form or visit our website, westallislibrary.org and click on the Ask A Librarian button. 


eBooks, Audiobooks and Movies**

Did you know you have access to thousands of materials for checkout using your computer, mobile device or even your Firestick, Roku or other streaming device? Check out these resources:

 Wisconsin Digital Library - a free eBook library open to all Wisconsin Library card holders. Download ebooks or audiobooks to your device using either the OverDrive or Libby apps.

 Hoopla - gives access to eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, TV and movies. Add the hoopla app to your smart TV, or other streaming device to watch movies. Please know though you are limited to 8 checkouts BUT Hoopla has added over 1,000 items to their Bonus Borrows Collection - these items do not count against your total borrows.

 RBDigtal -  an online service that allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device

 Freading - an eBook service provided by the West Allis Public Library. This resource is only available to West Allis residents.

  Gale Virtual Reference Library - an eLibrary that covers history, science, the environment, medicine, religion, social science and technoloy. Adult and children's titles are included. A West Allis Public Library card is required to access from home.

 TumbleBook Library - a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, nonfiction and foreign language titles, Read-A-Longs, TumbleTV, and Tumble Puzzles & Games. You will need a valid West Allis Public Library card to access.

 Storyline Online - an online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children's books aloud!


**If you questions about any of these online resources,
please reach out to staff by using the Ask A Librarian form!


          Keep safe and stay healthy!         


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Children's Information Desk: (414)302-8502

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