The Hermiston Public Library reopened on-site services for the public on Monday, Sept. 21, according to a news release, and is offering a new selection of activities for all ages.

The basement of the library is currently under construction to transform the space into a temporary city hall as the city finalizes plans for a new city hall. Due to the construction, the library is only accessible through the front entrance on Gladys Avenue.

Face coverings are required for all adults and school-aged children inside the building. Curbside pick-up will continue to be available for those who don’t wish to enter the building, and Wi-Fi is available on the site 24 hours a day.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The library is adding new services to its fall lineup, including the Bookworms “Fall Harvest” Reading Challenge for children, which runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Kids who sign up can earn virtual tickets for prize drawings by logging their minutes spent reading. Sign up on the library’s website at hermistonlibrary.us, or by calling 541-567-2882.

They can also earn five extra virtual tickets for the challenge by participating in the library’s pen pal program. Write a letter or draw a picture and let library staff know how much you miss them. Letters can be mailed to HPL Pen Pals Program, 235 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston, OR 97838, or dropped in the special Pen Pals box at the library curbside pickup cart during regular pickup hours. Library staff will respond to each letter sent, as long as there is a return address provided and the date it was sent.

Families can participate in the QR Code Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Bucky, the library beaver. The first QR code can be found at the front of the library. Solve the riddle to find the next QR code until Bucky is found. The hunt runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4.

And adults 18 and older can participate in make-and-take crafts on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Stop by during regular hours to pick up a free craft activity at the table in the library. Supplies are limited to one kit per adult.

In November, the library will also be displaying posters celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

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