Libraries offer remote, online services during closures


After declarations from governing bodies at multiple levels, all public libraries in Lincoln County have closed, some with projected re-opening dates and some without. But these local libraries still have a few ways they can help keep kids and adults, alike, busy during school cancelations and workplace closures.

Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City is closed to the public, but the staff is working hard to continue providing resources for their patrons. The library is posting literacy activities on its Facebook page daily and announced via email that they would be posting daily videos via YouTube or Facebook with storytimes, songs and other fun activities. All these services can be accessed through http://www.driftwoodlib.org.

Newport Public Library is posting links to free resources daily, which is primarily for children. However, they also offer a wide range of digital resources through their eLibrary feature. This includes books, movies, music and online learning resources — all available to Newport library-users. A complete list of their resources is available at www.newportlibrary.org.

The Siletz Public Library is closed but is leaving its free Wi-Fi during normal operating hours for patrons without internet to use outside the building. Toledo Public Library will also be providing free Wi-Fi from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., despite indefinite closure.

The Waldport Public Library held a live storytime on Facebook for the first time on Wednesday, March 18, and librarians said they hope to continue that service in the future, though there is no set schedule at the moment. For now, parents can follow the Waldport Public Library Youth Programs Facebook page or check the library’s website — www.waldportlibrary.org — for updates.

The Siletz, Toledo and Waldport libraries are all a part of the Chinook Library Network, which is continuing to provide a wide array of online services to patrons. Through the network’s website — www.chinooklibraries.org — library cardholders of Siletz, Toledo and Waldport can access audio and ebooks, browse databases, study languages through Mango Languages and access Learning Express, which has an assortment of educational resources and professional development tools for all ages.

While the library is Yachats is closed, the Friends of Yachats Library have organized a free book share for the community, which has been placed at the entrance of the old bank building next to the Yachats Commons, also known as the “501 building.” This book share includes books for adults and children, some DVDs and some puzzles.

Some libraries have announced that they are suspending late fees temporarily or extending due dates for all items that have already been checked out, while others are simply keeping their outdoor drop-off boxes open for patrons to return items. To avoid potential late fees, check online with your local library to see what action they are taking regarding checked out items.

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