The library emerges from the pandemic


Nearly 100 people came to see members of the Universal City Fire Department with his fire dog Ace on June 10, a public program hosted by the Universal City Public Library.

It had been years since the library had a special program designed to entertain its members and the public, said library director Susan Ennis. An entity that thrives on interacting with the public, the Universal City Library has returned to its interactive ways, hoping it has seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic which has closed its doors to a reading audience.

“When we started planning the summer reading program in January, we thought we wouldn’t have anything inside until July,” said Ennis, director of the library since August 2016. “We have organized events at the exterior using the Northview Park pavilion. “

The library’s summer reading program has been a library staple for years, and Ennis said she was happy to be able to offer it to library members.

During the long months of COVID-19, Ennis said the UC library followed the policy and procedure practiced by other public entities.

“But now we feel like we have the ability to do what we’re doing and to do it safely. We’re excited, it’s like we’ve got our life back.

When the pandemic first struck, the library closed for several weeks. It reopened with curbside delivery, where library workers brought items to the curb for library patrons to pick up and return.

In November, the decision was made to open one day a week, she said, forcing the library to reconfigure its layout. The chairs have been removed; public use of computers was prohibited; and customers were only allowed to browse and consult books.

“We had quarantined everything for four days before putting it back on the shelf,” said Ennis, referring to the returned books and literature that were stored in an isolation room before they hit the shelves.

“We don’t do that anymore. I feel really good about it. I don’t think there is any research available that says someone could get COVID from library books, ”she said.

The summer reading program heats up on June 18 with “Ice Cream and A Book,” a 2 pm panel discussion on “Inky’s Amazing Escape”. The following week, June 25, the Ice Cream and a Book reading event will once again be the “Operation Frog Effect” book at 2pm.

The book club, a must-see event, is limited to eight children and participants must have a UC library card to participate. The June 18 reading is intended for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3; The June 25 Operation Frog Effect reading event is aimed at students in Grades 3 through 6.

Jen Whitaker, UC Children’s Librarian, notes that attendees should definitely read the book (with or without parental involvement) before attending so they can have fun participating in the conversation.

The reading program continues at 2 p.m. every Friday until July 9, alternating between age groups. There is a final reading on July 16 for seventh graders to high school students of “Tweet Cute” and a special reading “Pizza and A Book” on June 19 at noon of “After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again. For the third to fifth year students.

Every Thursday through July 16, the library will sponsor a special outdoor program at the Northview Park Pavilion, located just behind the library:

* June 17, “Bats and bat cave” at 10:00 am, featuring live bats courtesy of Michelle Camara and Southern Wildlife Rehab.

* June 24, “Animals alive with Tom Kinsey”, with two shows at 10 am and 11 am

* July 1 “Olympic Games of the library” from 10 am

* July 8, magician John O’Bryant at 10 a.m.

* July 15, magic comedy “Spikey Mikey” at 10am

In June and July, manual work on the terrace takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.

For adults, the Dewey Decimals will perform their slice of classic rock and country from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 17, while Farm Road 69 will take to the patio stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1, playing their mix. southern rock and country.

On June 24, the public is invited to “Tails of Cibolo Creek: Wildlife Photos by Brian Thomas”. Local photographer Thomas has walked the shores of Cibolo Creek between Veterans Park and Universal City Park and captured images of the varied wildlife that call the area “home.” wooded area.

Participants at the exhibition opening at 6:00 p.m. in the library meeting room are requested to confirm attendance for: [email protected]. and include the number of people present.

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