What’s Happening at the Library
We just learned that the schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Children’s Librarian Kim Scott has been in touch with Western Wayne teachers to see what we can do to help children continue learning during this difficult and unprecedented time. Tentative plans are underway to see if we can post a chapter a day of a teacher or Kim reading from a book to our Facebook page.
Students can also go to our webpage at ccitypl.org and click the WORLD BOOK link, in a large banner near the top of the page, for free access to the online World Book encyclopedia. The user name is cclib and the password is cclib. Remember to remind your young learners that not everything they find on the Internet is true, authoritative, or carefully vetted, but you can depend on World Book for accurate information for topics they are studying. You could challenge your student to report on one new topic a week from World Book.
You can also tune into Ms. Kim’s weekly livestream story time at 10:30 Wednesdays on Facebook Live, when she will share a book for toddlers and preschoolers. Our Facebook page also features the daily adventures of our library’s teddy bear who has appeared staring out the window, wondering when the children will come back to play with him, reading a book, and helping Dale Scott with spring landscaping chores.
On Wednesday of last week, I did a livestream poetry reading of Emily Dickinson’s poetry on Facebook to celebrate National Poetry Month, and on Friday I posted a reading of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The goal of this project is to help provide distraction and to help uplift spirits as we celebrate National Poetry Month.
Behind the scenes, I am working with insurance, our IT support company, and our board to replace the server we lost to lightning a couple of weeks ago. We will also have to replace five older computers that will not work with the new server. Staff are doing cataloging, book repair, inventory evaluation tasks, organization, gardening, and deep cleaning that are ideal to accomplish while we are closed.
If you need emergency communications services, including applying for unemployment, or sending a fax to verify benefits, please call us at 765-478-3335, and we will schedule a time to help you. Additionally, if you need a computer to send your census information, please call us to schedule. The census is a very important thing for citizens to complete. An accurate census count is crucial as it affects our representation and funding sources for Wayne County, so we want to do our part to make sure everyone is counted.
The State Library is making all materials due on April 28th, so please don’t worry about returning your books until then, although our outdoor book drop on the south side of the building is available for you to return any library materials.
If you are needing more books, you can download the LIBBY app on your smartphone or device to gain access to thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines. This service is available 24/7 to all library card holders.