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October 2017

November Library Events including Tales & Travel

McCall Public Library Special Programs

Get Artsy
Friday, November 3rd 3:30-5:00
Older elementary school aged kids (3rd-8th grade) will dabble in a variety of creative and artistic techniques. Supplies are limited, so monthly sign up is required.

WWI Travelogue
Monday, November 6th at 6:30pm
Imagine trekking through brambles on a lonely French hillside and finding the bunker where your grandfather hunkered down under intense artillery fire the night before his division attacked German positions in WWI.  Susie Reddick, granddaughter of American Field Clerk Malcolm Clarence Tracy, experienced this and more after being given his diary and doggedly transcribing, researching, and Google-Earthing locations, battles, and tactics from civilian and military records alike.
She did not expect that trenches, craters, and bunkers would still be evident throughout the forests of northeastern France, and yet they were.  Susie and her husband David were able to find rivers where Malcolm bathed, houses where he billeted, and shrapnel-laden fields where he saw fellow soldiers fight and die.  Please join the Reddicks on Monday, November 6th at 6:30 pm at the McCall Public Library as they describe their eye-opening journey.

The Science of GMO’s
Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00pm

Join University of Idaho’s Melissa Hamilton at the McCall Library for a community web conference with guest speaker Dr. Joseph Kuhl, Associate Professor of Plant Genetics.

Family Reading Week: Pajama Party
Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00pm

The third week of November is Idaho Family Reading Week, when families are encouraged to read together. This year’s theme, “Tell Me a Tale,” will be celebrated at public and school libraries across the Gem State, November 12 -18, 2017.

The McCall Public Library will bring Idaho Family Reading Week to the City community on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00pm

Library Director Meg Lojek said, “We are excited to participate in Idaho Family Reading Week because it reminds parents, grandparents, and all caregivers of the importance of reading with the child in their life. Reading is the foundation of a youngster’s entire education.”  Lojek added, “And it’s never too early to start reading — and re-reading — to your little one. Children need repetition for information to be stored in their long-term memories.”

Whether its folktales or fairytales, families will enjoy a magical week of reading and special activities at their library during Idaho Family Reading Week.

State Librarian Ann Joslin said, “Not only does Idaho Family Reading Week celebrate families and the importance of reading together, but it is also a chance for Idahoans of all ages to explore or rediscover everything their local library has to offer. From story times and Makerspaces, to databases and DVDs, today’s library has learning, innovation, and engagement opportunities for all.”

Idaho Family Reading Week is sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Read to Me program and supported by libraries across Idaho.


International Games Day
Thursday, November 16th from 6:00-9:00pm

McCall Public Library joins thousands in celebrating the popularity and power of games and play. Many see today as the golden age of gaming, and libraries are playing a huge role in fostering that age. McCall Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play. This year McCall Public Library has partnered with PLAYlive to bring you a variety of board games, casual Magic the Gathering, food, prizes and fun!
Gaming offers a wealth of benefits to library users. Besides being fun for players, gaming encourages important values.  According to the American Library Association’s Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT), games educate as they entertain.  For one thing, the games have literary value. After all, you have to know how to read in order to play.
International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche. For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog

Let’s Lego
Friday, November 17th  3:30-5:00
Participants can free-build or participate in our monthly Lego activity/challenge. Build anything you can imagine; we have the materials. We hope to see you there!

Doing Democracy
Wednesday, November 29th 6:30-8:30

The McCall Public Library invites you to join community dialogues on local issues and topics. Childcare will be provided.
Clase de Inglés
Mondays from 3:30—5:00

Free weekly conversational English (ESL)

After-school Monday Tutoring
Mondays from 3:30-5:00
Tutoring for grade school aged children


Fall is here and we all know here in McCall Winter is just around the bend. Snow fell hard and early last year and before we know it, snow will fall. We want you to be prepared. Check out this winterizing link for some tips.


Another way to prepare for Winter – Share the road with Snow Plow Drivers…here are some tips!


Election Information for Nov 7th

November 7, 2017 Election!!
Valley County Election information page>


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McCall Parks and Recreation: Another opportunity to help cleanup our shoreline

Need community service hours? Enjoy our city parks and beaches?
Come help with micro-trash, nails, metal and other debris that have been revealed with the receding water. This is our second community clean-up opportunity as we focus our efforts North of the Marina and Legacy Park.Oct 30th Shoreline Cleanup

McCall Parks and Recreation: Shoreline Cleanup Efforts A Success


Before Clean-up

We had a great turnout last Wednesday of staff and community members, the Heartland high school seniors even lent a helping hand. Look at the pictures to view the before and after. This is a pet friendly area, please remember to cleanup after your pet and enjoy the lake!

After cleanup


Celebrate and learn about what the “Friends of the Library” do!

Friends of our McCall Public Library Appreciation Day

October 18 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Friends of the Library Appreciation Day
Wednesday, October 18th 1:00-2:30
Celebrate and learn about what the “Friends of the Library” do!


2017 accomplishments

List of 2017 contributions to the McCall Public Library:

  • 10K Match Grant initiated by an anonymous donor
  • Support for Summer Reading Program $700
  • 10 library member scholarships
  • $1,000 e-books for OverDrive app
  • Nearly $2,000 for children’s and teen books
  • Kindle for library card sign-up month promotion giveaway
  • Subscription to Book Page—free for the public to keep up to date on new publications
  • Nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer time at the Pump House and annual book sales!

McCall in Minutes

7 ways to get involved

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