Letter to the Community from Library Director Carrie Herrmann

We miss seeing you!

Boone County Public  Library will continue to be closed until the Governor rescinds his Executive Order that closed all government agencies not deemed life supporting.  No matter how essential I find libraries and reading, I cannot argue that we are a life supporting entity as defined during this pandemic.  But here’s the thing – our buildings are closed; our digital branch is still open.  You might not be able to come into the library but you can still use us from the comfort of your home.

Here’s what we are doing (at the moment – again, things could rapidly change):

  • Our website is still available.
  • We are creating new content for the website. Check out our Covid-19 page. This page gathers information from reputable sources about Coronavirus and includes some websites to keep you educated and entertained.
  • You can still use our digital content—eBooks, movies, magazines, research tools, etc, and a lot of these have mobile apps.
  • We raised the limit on how many items people can check out from our eBook collection, Kentucky Libraries Unbound, from 10 to 15 items.
  • We have research tools to help your students complete their NTI. Including two new tools added to help with this—Niche Academy and NewspaperArchive.
  • Our social media team has kicked into high gear. They are posting links and resources to keep you and your family educated and entertained while you are staying home.
  • Questions—we are answering them! We have questions coming in through our contact us links on the website, and through posts and messages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Here are 12 online resources from Boone County Public Library to keep you entertained and help with school work at home. You will need your library card to access most of these services.  If you do not have one, please use 204022614405 to access services from home.  Some sites may require creating accounts.

  1. Kentucky Libraries Unbound—for downloading ebooks, e-audiobooks and magazines for adult, teens and children. Just download the book to your phone or other device.  If you do not have a library card, you can use your cell phone number to check materials out.  For those people using a mobile device I highly recommend downloading the Libby app on Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes.
  2. RBDigital– Stream videos from Acorn TV, IndieFlix, Pongalo (Spanish language telenovelas and translated Hollywood movies), Qello Concerts, and Great Courses. Titles are always available.
  3. Freegal–Download and keep five songs per week. Stream up to 3 hours of commercial free music per day.  Listen to whole albums, featured playlists, or build your won playlists from over 15 million songs that are updated daily.
  4. Creative Bug – Access to instructional videos for arts-and-crafts projects that you can watch on your favorite device. Projects include art and design, sewing, quilting, paper crafts, knitting, crochet, food, jewelry, and holidays and parties.
  5. Mango Languages – Learn one of 70+ languages online at your own pace.
  6. Universal Class– Access to over 500 online instructor led courses for lifelong learning. This includes computer courses, job search classes, ACT and SAT prep, business and graphic design courses and much more.
  7. Learning Express – Get homework help and take practice tests.
  8. Access Video—Stream hundreds of nonfiction videos on many subjects.
  9. Just for Kids – Stream many favorite children’s programs and PBS favorites, such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, and many more.
  10. Chronicles of Boone County – Is a repository of local history research. Look at thousands of photos of our community.
  11. Underground Railroad—A collection of information about Boone County’s role in the Underground Railroad.
  12. Tumblebooks—A collection of over 1,100 children’s ebooks for grades K-6. Many of the titles are animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, and graphic novels, as well as books in Spanish and French.

Check our website and social media for updates. We look forward to serving you in person again soon!

–Carrie Herrmann, BCPL Library Director

 

Message from Library Director Carrie Herrmann

First I want to thank you for your support and patience during this time.  I believe the decision to close the Library was the hardest one I have made in my 32+ year career.  Last week the situation evolved quickly.

  • On Tuesday, we decided to remove toys from our locations.
  • On Wednesday, we suspended Adult Outreach activities to long term adult care centers. This decision was based on recommendations from Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Department for Public Health.  The agencies issued an Executive Order recommending that long-term adult care facilities limit visitation only to family members of individuals “receiving end of life care.”
  • On Thursday, we suspended programming and meetings at all locations.  We suspended all outreach activities and asked all customers to not return their materials.  We suspended fines until April 11th.
  • On Friday morning, we instituted a three day quarantine of all returned materials based on some research that the virus may live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.  We asked all volunteers to stay home.  We limited the number of people who could use a study room at one time and turned off every other computer to help with social distancing.

On Friday afternoon, I made the difficult decision to close all Library locations to the public at the close of business until further notice.  We will reassess the closure weekly and use current information from health officials to determine the safest date to reopen.  This was due to the latest information from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Governor’s office and declarations of state of emergency.

We determined that this closure is in the best interest of public safety, especially because the Governor emphasized the next two weeks will be critical in stopping the spread of the virus. Information he shared indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop COVID-19 from exponentially spreading.

As of today, March 16:

  • All materials currently checked out have been renewed until April 11th, regardless of holds or blocks.
  • Library cards that would have expired between now and the end of April have been renewed for 3 additional months.

For updated information please watch our website at https://www.bcpl.org/ and our social media channels (https://www.facebook.com/BooneCountyPublicLibrary/; https://www.linkedin.com/company/boone-county-public-library/?viewAsMember=true; https://twitter.com/boonelibrary)

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions at director@bcpl.org

Thank you.

Carrie Herrmann, Director Boone County Public Library