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Watch Ralph’s TV Treehouse Virtual Concert Series!

Tune in to Ralph’s TV Treehouse Virtual Concert Series, a high-energy and music-filled show starring Grammy-nominated kids’ musician Ralph Covert and his puppet pals. We’re excited to make this series available on-demand for for our patrons! Episode links are available below.


Episode 1: After the Storm ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP1
The TV Treehouse has been blown out of its tree by a windstorm. Can Malcolm, Rani, Beauregard, and Ralph find their musical instruments and fix the damage? Will they still be able to share music with the kids at home? Will they ever time travel again? Join our heroes as they start a new chapter of their life together in the TV Treehouse.

Episode 2: Freddy Bear and Friends ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP2
Featuring songs from the very first Ralph’s World album, this acoustic concert from the TV Treehouse puts you in the front row for laughs and songs with Ralph and his puppet friends Malcolm, Beauregard, and Rani.

Episode 3: At the Bottom of the Sea ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP3
Ralph and his puppet friends Beauregard, Rani, and Malcolm are in their TV Treehouse, not at the bottom of the sea, but that doesn’t stop them from singing songs from the second Ralph’s World album. They’ll even take you surfing in your imagination!

Episode 4: Happy Lemons for Happy Days ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP4
Life is always better with an ice cold glass of lemonade, and when you throw in acoustic performances of favorite songs, how can you go wrong? Join Ralph and his puppet friends Rani, Malcolm, and Beauregard for fun and friendship broadcast from their TV Treehouse.

Episode 5: The Black Belt Rhyming Champions ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP5
Did you know Ralph was a Black Belt Rhyming Champion? Along with many other fun songs, join in the festivities as he defends his title as his puppet friends Malcolm, Rani, and Beauregard try to stump him by coming up with animal names he can’t rhyme!

Episode 6: Dance Party! ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP6
Hanging out with Ralph and his puppet friends Beauregard, Rani, and Malcolm is always fun, but when the kids request a dance party, you can rest assured they’ll up the fun factor and really get everyone rocking and moving!

Episode 7: Peggy’s Pie Parlor ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP7
What’s better than freshly baked pies? Ralph’s puppet friends Beauregard, Malcolm, and Rani share their favorite baking recipes with Ralph in this rollicking adventure from the TV Treehouse. Warning: dogs and cats might not love the same ingredients in their pies, as Ralph finds out!

Episode 8: Covered in Glue ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP8
Ralph really loves singing his songs, and his puppet friends Rani, Beauregard, and Malcolm really love playing tricks on him. Join them for this playful acoustic concert featuring hi-jinks and silliness broadcast from the TV Treehouse.

Episode 9: Dance Party ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP9
A day at the TV Treehouse is always a good day! Fans wrote in with favorite songs they wanted to hear, and Ralph, Rani, Malcolm, and Beauregard were excited to play a special concert of everyone’s favorites. Join us for a fun dance party!

Episode 10: Kid Astro ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP10
Malcolm is busy inside writing a play about his hero Kid Astro, while Rani and Beauregard are having fun playing outside. Ralph and the kids at home are making music together – things get crazy when everyone’s worlds start colliding!

Episode 11: The Rhyming Circus ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP11
When Beauregard was a young pup, he ran away to join the circus. Rani stayed closer to home, but found adventure in her local library. Join our friends as they all explore the things they do best, and share some friendship and music-making with them.

Episode 12: Kid Astro on Broadway ~ https://bit.ly/RalphEP12
Malcolm has been working hard on his new play all about the adventure of Kid Astro. Rani and Beauregard have decided to help him stage the show! Ralph keeps busy making music with the kids, and then everyone gets to take a trip out of this world, because it’s show time!

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Ralph’s TV Treehouse Virtual Concert Series

The first episode of Ralph’s TV Treehouse Virtual Concert Series with Grammy-nominated kids’ musician Ralph Covert is now available through our Facebook page! Click the link for details about today’s episode and to see the schedule for upcoming episodes.

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PCL Recommends: Digital Juvenile/YA Nonfiction Books

Check out these five non-fiction titles for kids and young adults (grade level recommendations for each title are below). Like the other books in our PCL Recommends series, these were chosen from School Library Journal‘s top selections.

Use your library card to access these titles and many more through R.E.A.D.S.

If you need help getting started on the Libby or Overdrive apps, click here.

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PCL Recommends: Digital Young Adult Novels

It’s week three of our Digital Recommedation series! Shannon has picked out five selections in Young Adult Fiction that were featured in School Library Journal. Be sure to visit  R.E.A.D.S. and use your library card to find these suggestions and so much more!

Vist the library website to get started and click here for Libby or Overdrive set-up help.

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PCL Recommends: Digital Middle Grade Novels

We’re back with our second installment of PCL Recommends! Our Putnam County Library Clerk, Shannon, carefully selected titles featured in School Library Journal, to help you explore what R.E.A.D.S. has to offer with your library card!

This week’s list features Top 5 picks for Middle Grade Novels.

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Molly of Denali Take-Home/Virtual Workshop

The children’s library has been a community partner of WCTE’s education team for several years. This partnership has brought many special events, workshops, and materials to the library based on a wide array of exciting PBS Kids Shows. Our Children’s Staff, along side our partners from WCTE, have been gearing up to bring families a new workshop inspired by the TV series Molly of Denali, which highlights family values and traditions, as well as informational text. Of course, our current situation has required that they make some changes to the design of this workshop and as such, they have transferred the instructional portion to a virtual platform for the safety of any participants. Beginning Monday, July 20th, families are invited to stop by the library or utilize our Curbside Checkout service to pick up a take-home activity bag for the Molly of Denali Family and Community Learning Workshop. This bag will include materials for four different sessions designed to be enjoyed as a family. Activities are geared toward children ages 4-10, but can be adapted for any age! 

A video walkthrough of each session will be available on our library YouTube channel for guidance on how to use the resources provided in the bag. These activity bags are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, so get yours soon!

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PCL Recommends: Digital Picture Books

We want to help you explore what R.E.A.D.S. has to offer with your library card!

Our Putnam County Library Clerk, Shannon, curated special ‘Top 5’ lists of highly acclaimed titles featured in School Library Journal! The first in this series features Top 5 picks for Digital Picture Books.

These picks and much more are all available through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.–the Regional ebook and audiobook download system, which you can find a direct link to on our website.

Need help getting started with digital downloads? Start by clicking here.

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Virtual Summer Reading 2020 – Readsquared

Celebrate summer with Putnam County Library System’s community-wide Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Imagine your Story.

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PCL Phased Re-Opening Plan- Current Phase: 3

Phase 1:

  • Curbside Service
  • Computer use by appointment
  • No entry inside the building for any reason except a scheduled computer appointment.

Phase 2:

  • Patrons can now enter the library. We encourage only one family member at a time to enter the library. Due to the quarantining of materials, patrons will still not be allowed in reading areas or to browse shelves. Patrons can browse the catalog on site through our catalog computer or public access computers. All requested materials will be pulled from theshelves by the librarians.
  • Due to safety concerns the children’s library will still be off limits at this time.
  • Still offering curbside service to those who request it.
  • No more appointments for computers. Computers will be first come first serve and will be distanced properly. One hour/once per day time limit still applies.
  • Meeting rooms and study rooms are still closed.
  • Hours will remain abbreviated.

Phase 3:

  • Curbside Checkout will still be available to those that request it.
  • Patrons are now allowed to browse shelves.
    • We are still encouraging only one family member to come in at a time.
  • Beginning September 23rd: The Children’s library will be accessible by appointment only.
    • Walk-in appointments will be available if current appointment times are available at time of walk-in.
    • No more than 6 people will be allowed into the children’s library at one time.
  • Meeting rooms will now be open to groups of 10 or less.
    • Study rooms will still be closed.
    • Library programs will still be suspended. Virtual content will still be produced as much as possible. A special consideration may be enacted for story time and Summer Reading Program, if it can be done safely.
  • Computer access will remain the same as Phase II.
  • Materials will still be quarantined.
    • Late fines will not be assessed to returned materials.
  • The library will resume charging for copies, prints, and faxes. We will also be resuming payments on lost or damaged materials.
  • Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branches will move back to normal hours, unless staffing restrictions limit hours. Cookeville Branch hours will be 10am-6pm Monday through Friday. Branch services may vary due to limitations, we recommend contacting your local branch first to ensure greatest quality of service.

During this phase, signage and markers will still be in place to maintain social distancing measures. Staff will still be required to wear masks.

Phase 4:

  • Curbside Checkout will still be available to those that request it. Due to staffing, curbside checkout will only be available between the hours of 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday.
  • Patrons are now allowed to enter reading areas.
    • Reading areas will be spaced out according to proper social distancing measures and sanitized regularly and visibly.
    • We are still encouraging only one family member to come in at a time.
  • Meeting rooms still open to groups of 10 or less.
    • Study rooms will still be closed.
    • Library programs will still be suspended. Virtual content will still be produced as much as possible. A special consideration may be enacted for story time and Summer Reading Program, if it can be done safely.
  • Computer access will remain the same as Phase II and III.
  • Materials will no longer be quarantined.
    • Late fines will now be assessed to returned materials.
  • Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branches will continue normal hours, unless staffing restrictions limit hours. Cookeville Branch hours will be 10am-6pm Monday through Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday.

During this phase, signage and markers will still be in place to maintain social distancing measures. Staff will still be required to wear masks.

Phase 5 – Enacting this phase should be based on federal, state, and local government guidelines but will ultimately be a decision of the Library Board of Trustees.

  • Complete re-open of the library back to normal pre-COVID 19 procedures.

To view the full detailed plan, visit our website.

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Curbside Checkout available now

Beginning on Friday April 17th and until the library reopens, the Putnam County Library will be offering Curbside Checkout to its patrons who are in need of materials.

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