National Library Week is April 19-25, and the original theme for the week was “Find Your Place at the Library”.
Of course, that was before the COVID-19 pandemic, which unfortunately, closed library buildings all over the country. But just because the building is closed, doesn’t mean the library is closed! The new, slightly altered theme, has become “Find the Library at Your Place”, and we are VERY fortunate to have the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library which offers a myriad of services and resources to those who have a library card and also have access to the internet at home.
If you don’t have internet at home, you can access the library’s wi-fi from the parking lot. If you don’t have a library card, you can now get one with just a phone call so that you can access the online resources. You can check out e-books (including picture books), listen to music, watch movies, study a foreign language, research your ancestors, even access driver’s handbooks and take practice tests for your driver’s, motorcycle, or CDL licenses! You may also reach a librarian by phone, email or Facebook chat.
Our library has quickly adjusted to stay-at-home orders, and is now offering a “Stay-at-Home” book Club. Our children’s librarian is offering story time and craft sessions on the library’s Facebook page, and fines on books that were due while the library is closed have been suspended. Our library is a community treasure. Show your support by using online resources while they are temporarily closed, and be sure to let our library staff know how appreciative you are when they reopen. Check out our library at www.weldonpubliclibrary.org.
Barbara Brand, Friends of the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library