Saturday, March 28th

Fun at home with River Valley District Library

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Staying safe at home? Let us help you have fun!

At RVDL, we are always here for our patrons to help in whatever ways we can. During this closure, we still want to be able to help you, even if it can't be face-to-face. We are changing gears to try to find ways to connect with all of you.

Stay tuned for crafts for all ages, storytime, and more coming next week!

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Have a safe and happy weekend!

~RVDL Staff~

Today's Trivia

When and where was the first library card catalog started?

(Find the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

Emilia Clarke reading “Bear’s Loose Tooth” for kids during isolation period

Finding Ways To Help

We love hearing stories of our community finding ways to help out their neighbors during this crisis. From seeing hearts on doors and windows throughout the area to people being extra polite when they have to be out in public. We will try our best to share some of these uplifting stories as they come to our attention.

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Click Here to Let PBFD Know about a birthday in PB/RC

Have a child with a birthday happening during the "Stay-At-Home" Order? Check with your local Fire Department to schedule a Fire Truck "Drive-By." Please give them as much notice as you can, as our local firefighters are all volunteers!

A to Z helps you travel the world from the safety of your home

A to Z is one of the amazing databases we are able to offer free to all River Valley District Library cardholders. There are 5 different sites you can visit (all listed on our website at The A to Z World sites include travel planning information, recipes, maps, cultural information and more! A to Z The USA includes enough information about each of the 50 states to make a 5th Grade teacher proud! Everything from State Birds to Indigenous Peoples to Politics can be found there. Click the buttons below to check out these free resources.

Have your library card barcode number handy to log in.

(P.S. These make great social studies and geography lessons

for children that are homeschooled or doing distance learning.)

A to Z Maps

A to Z Maps is the largest database of royalty free, downloadable maps available! They offer antique, climate and geology maps, plus, much more.

A to Z The USA

This database will help students prepare state reports, assist researchers in finding detailed information about the USA and individual states as well as help teachers with study plans.

A to Z world culture

Learn more about the culture of a place you are going to be visiting, also helpful for research on different parts of the world.

a to z world food and recipes

Looking for a new recipe? Want to know more about a culture's foods? Check out A to Z World Food and Recipes from anywhere with your library card.

a to z world travel

Do you need information about passport and visa requirements? How about what the weather is like where you are traveling to or from?

Trivia Answer

18th Century France

First in US was in 1840 at Harvard College

Until the eighteenth century, when French revolutionaries took inventory of French libraries on the backs of confiscated playing cards, library catalogs were merely lists written or printed in books. In 1840, Harvard College Librarian Thaddeus William Harris proposed a catalog of “every work in the library” to be organized on slips of paper to better help the staff keep track of the holdings. This was the first mention of a card catalog in the United States.-