A roundup of library news:
• North Central Regional Library is now NCW Libraries, the library system announced in a press release. “We believe our new name more accurately reflects the geographic area we serve and conveys that we operate many libraries throughout that region,” the press release said.
• NCW Libraries branches in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties are accepting returns of books and other materials, including the Twisp and Winthrop branches. NCW Libraries branches throughout those counties are also offering curbside pickup services. Library card holders will be able to place holds on material available at their local branch and then stop by between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. any day the branch is open to pick up the materials. Visit www.ncrl.org/locations for more information.
• NCW Libraries is now offering STEM and craft take-home kits as part of its curbside pickup services at libraries in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties. The STEM and craft activity kits can be picked up from a table in front of each of the libraries from 1 to 4 p.m. when the libraries are open, while supplies last. Each kit contains the materials needed to do projects. Teen and adult activity kits will also be available in later August.
• In addition, the popular nature backpacks will be available for curbside pickup starting Aug. 26. Backpacks contain a variety of items for exploring nature, including binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug catcher, identification books and more. New this year: a State Park Discover Pass in each backpack.
Masks must be worn by all patrons utilizing curbside pickup services.