Thursday, March 26, 2020

OPL Shutdown Update 03/26/2020

Dear Patrons,
It has been 10 days since we had to temporarily shut our doors at the Ottumwa Public Library.  While it is the responsible choice to make during this unprecedented time, it is still so difficult both for us to do.  We would all rather be at the library right now.
I don’t have a date for reopening as we continue to rely on public health officials for guidance on those decisions.  But please know we are doing our best to serve you in many ways despite the doors being shut.  
Each day at least one staff member is at the library processing new materials for us to circulate when this is over.  We empty the returns from our book drop and keep up with our bookwork.  From home, we have staff ordering new materials, planning future programs and keeping up with our social media and website to bring you ideas to share with your family while you are at home during this tough time. Check out our Facebook page today to do a Music and Movement class with our Youth Services Librarian Allyson.
We know not everyone is fortunate enough to have internet access.  Our Wi-Fi is turned on during our normal business hours and you can usually get the signal in our parking lot or on the library side of Central Park. 
We also have been fortunate that our Tumblebooks subscription has been expanded to include more learning games to an expanded age group for free to you at home.  It even includes some romance e-books for the grownups!
Tumblebooks is in addition to Bridges (overdrive) for e-books and audio books, RB Digital for online magazines, Freegal for downloadable music, Transparent Languages to learn a new language while at home, Novelist to get ideas on what to read next, Brainfuse for job training and resume skills learning, and Gale for a host of research resources.
Thank you for your continued support and remember the sooner we all stay home the sooner we can all come out again!  Oh and wash your hands!
-Sonja Ferrell, Director