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The educational event intends to familiarize kindergarteners with their public library, and learn skills through STEM activities, coloring, and more.

As a way to introduce kindergartners and their families to the library and its resources, the West Linn and Wilsonville Public Libraries will host Kindergarten Carnivals from Oct. 6 to 9.

The Wilsonville team was inspired by the West Linn Public Library, which has hosted the carnival for several years. The teams work in partnerships to host the events. These occasions offer a way to help children become more familiarized with the multitude of services offered in both libraries.

The virtual carnival consists of educational activities and games centered around a range of topics. Students will also have the chance to win prizes by participating in the virtual games that are offered.

"It's an introduction for those who haven't been in the library before, to see what the Wilsonville library is all about. And for those families that are familiar with the library, it's a great way to celebrate your kindergartner," said Jo Caisse, youth services librarian of the Wilsonville Library.

Due to COVID-19, the event is virtual. But families are invited to their local public library to pick up a packet at the youth services desk during their working hours. The West Linn library requires families to register for a time slot.

The packet includes introductions that will lead families to register for the carnival on, an educational website designed to promote literacy. Also, kindergartners can choose from multiple educational activities to promote fluency in key skills in subjects like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Additionally, the packet includes coloring activities, a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a library card, and a physical book from the "Elephant and Piggie" series by Mo Willems. Although families must pick up a packet by Oct. 9, they will have until Oct. 13 to register their children for the carnival online.

"This is just another way to have fun with the library," Caisse said.

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