By MADDY VITALE
A circus has not come to town. But a huge tent certainly has it, and it’s parked – all summer long – at the Ocean City Free Public Library for patrons to enjoy the outdoors while reading or participating in the library and library programs. the city.
Library director Karen Mahar noted that the tent was set up outside the community center at 1735 Simpson Avenue on June 16.
“This tent is intended for use by the public library and community center entities to be able to offer outdoor programs to all ages in our community,” Mahar said on Tuesday. “We are very happy to be able to offer programming outside, in the tent. “
While the concept isn’t new, it seemed to make sense in the midst of the pandemic, officials said. The idea was raised at recent OCFPL board meetings and discussed with city officials.
Mayor Jay Gillian has given city approval to set up the temporary tent.
“The mayor is certainly delighted that the library can use it this summer and offer as many outdoor programs as possible to the public,” Deputy Mayor Michael Allegretto said on Tuesday. “Certainly the library uses it and they offered it to the city to use for the city programs as well. “
The tent is used for the Historical Museum, Art Center, and Aquatic and Fitness Center programs. At this point, Mahar explained that the different entities are reviewing the schedules.
She added that the aqua and fitness center currently offers fitness classes at 8 a.m. in the tent.
“People can check each entity’s specific websites for a schedule of any programming that is taking place under the tent,” Mahar noted.
Daniel Kelchner, the city’s director of community services, said adding a tent to the community center complex for the summer season is a “big winner for everyone.”
“The added outdoor space will allow the library, historical museum, art center, and aquatic and fitness center to enhance their summer programming beyond what we would typically fit indoors.” , he stressed. “Expect to see a bit of everything in the tent this summer, from educational programming to Ocean City history and even yoga.”
Mahar said library patrons should be prepared for a host of programs offered by tent librarians.
“Our young adult librarian, Sara Bruesehoff, will be offering all of her tented young adult programs, while also offering them virtually, and our children’s librarian, Taimi Kelley, will be offering surprise tented children programs,” continued Mahar.
Mahar pointed out that the library will virtually always offer the planned children’s programs.
Kelley will even offer kids a new flagship activity.
She is planning “Musical Mondays” in the tent, weather permitting, Mahar said.
Families are asked to bring a blanket or chair for their children aged 2 to 5 for the entertaining program which will be offered at 10 a.m. on specified Mondays listed on the library website.
And for adults, Julie Howard, the librarian in charge of adult programming, will offer interesting programs under the marquee as well as for virtual programs already scheduled.
For more details, visit www.oceancitylibrary.org or join the library on social media to stay up to date on all library events.