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What to do while the library remains closed!


Danielle Johnson, Shepherdstown Community

Announcing...Shepherdstown's first ever BEAR HUNT!!!  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!!! See below for details.

It's time to find that old beloved teddy (grizzly, koala, panda...anything goes!) and give him or her pride of place in a window of your choice. Our cooped-up kids can then go on a scavenger hunt to look for them without sacrificing social distance. Walking or driving, you pick! Please have your bears out by FRIDAY NIGHT, so working parents can do this fun activity with their kids over the weekend.

If you're comfortable, after you've relocated your bear, please drop a comment below with your street. This helps driving parents outside of downtown Shepherdstown have some idea of where to go.

This idea is based on the classic children's book We're Going On A Bear Hunt. It might be fun to read with your littles before heading out, so in case you don't own the book, I've attached a video of me reading it aloud. (Please forgive my haggard quarantined-with-two-young-kids look 😂)!

Big thanks in advance to you and your bears for helping put smiles on our kids' faces during this tough time!





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Library Hours

Monday-Thursday:  10 AM - 7 PM

Friday:  10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday:  10 AM - 3 PM

Sunday:  Closed



The role of the children's department of the Shepherdstown Public Library is to provide a "Children's Gateway to Learning." In this spirit, the SPL Children's Library maintains a close relationship with the schools and provides the following services to the children of our community:


Regular Story Hours/Library Visits


Beginning each year in September and January, our library offers a weekly story time for each of these groups: "Lap Babies," "Time for Twos," and "Three-Five Year Old."


Story hours and visits are provided for the Shepherdstown Day Care Center, the Shepherd University Nursery School, the local Montessori schools, Trinity Church Treasure Kids, and other nearby schools.


Miscellaneous Visits

The library welcomes visits from homeschoolers, scout troops, Shepherdstown Elementary School students, and field trips from other schools. With FOSL support, the Library brings in professional storytellers whose performances are provided to the public free of charge. The library also serves the many elementary, junior high and high school students who come in search of reference materials for writing contests, science fairs, social studies fairs, and classroom reports. These children have access not only to our collection, but to interlibrary loans and Internet resources, as well. The children's department is also frequently used by Shepherd University students in the field of education.


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