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Library offers virtual story times and activities

Are your littles ones missing their story times at the library? Now, the library is bringing “Storytime at Home” to your computer or mobile phone. A schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online.

Featuring Sonoma County Library children’s librarian Kim Dargeou, the short videos with “Miss Kim” are a great break for parents who want to offer their children a connection to the library.

Dargeou is sheltering at home, like many, but creates videos many times a week with Max LiBearry, her big stuffed bear at her side. The videos may cover popular children’s books, songs in English, Spanish or French, and simple science or crafts activities.

More videos by other librarians will be posted in the coming weeks.

Selected videos are presented in Spanish, with an introduction by bilingual librarian Fredy Gonzalez.

All the Storytime videos are available here.

Check out these summaries of our videos!

Crafting for Kids

Create fun new things using common household items. Join Miss Kim to learn a fun craft activity you can do at home. For all ages.

May the 4th Craft

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Crafting for Tweens & Teens

Create fun new things using common household items. Join Miss Kim to learn a fun craft activity you can do at home. For grades 4-12.

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Storytime at Home

Join us for a story and song from your Sonoma County Librarians. Check back Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am for more storytime fun!

Storytime - Peep and Egg

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime - Babies on the Bus

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime - How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth*

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Spanish Storytime at Home

¡Bienvenido a "Hora de cuentos en Casa"! For children 0-5. Para edades 0-5. Acompáñenos parar cuentos y canciones en español de sus bibliotecarios del Condado de Sonoma. ¡Vuelva cada lunes a las 11am para más diversión con cuentos y canciones!

Spanish Storytime

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


PJ Storytime

Welcome to “Storytime at Home: Pajama edition!” Get in your pajamas and get ready for some bedtime fun, songs and a story before you go to sleep, from your Sonoma County Librarians. Check back every Sunday at 6pm for more storytime fun!

PJ Storytime - Bed for Kitty

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


French Storytime

Bienvenue à l'heure du “conte a la maison!” Rejoignez-nous pour une histoire et une chanson animés par vos bibliothécaires du Sonoma County Library. Rendez vous tous les samedis à 11h pour un agréable moment devant votre storytime...100 % francais:

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Kids Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week, read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen.

Kids Book Read - Aloud Bad Kitty

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Tween Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen! For tweens in grades 4-6.

Tween Book Read-Aloud Snazzy Cap Capers

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Teen Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen! For teens in grades 7-12.

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Simple Science at Home

Come play with science using safe and simple ingredients from home!

Science Water Marker

See the full Simple Science at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

 

 

Our New Library in Roseland

Work continues on our new library in Roseland!

Check out this video showing interior work in progress. We can’t wait to finish and open safely for the Roseland community.

Want more details?

WHERE is the library moving?

From 779 Sebastopol Road to 470 Sebastopol Road (across the street from the current library and half a block east).

WHEN is the library moving?

We are planning the space, ordering shelves and furniture and will be getting building permits, all so that we can set up the branch quickly once our internal improvements are completed. We are working with Anderson Brulé Architects on this project and part of this process is an extensive outreach strategy. We are actively collecting responses to a survey for the new branch and the survey can be found on the Library’s website. We will also be completing a few outreach events in the community as part of this strategy. We had originally planned to be open in January but have been delayed a bit due to unanticipated building requirements associated with the use of the building as a community library. We are working closely with our partners in the City of Santa Rosa in the building process and we look forward to opening.

WHY is the library moving?

The building that houses our current library is slated for demolition to make way for the new Roseland Neighborhood Village project. Our new space will enable us to be open more hours for the community (especially in the after school hours) and have more space to offer more programming to the community. We are also planning to have a community room available for the public to use.

HOW big is the new space?

At approximately 4,500 square feet, it will allow more space for books and programs than we have now. We will also have better defined areas for adults, teen and children.

WILL Roseland have no library between the current and future branch?

Our goal is to not have an interruption of service. We will remain in our current building until we transition to the new building.

WHAT will change at the new location?

We will open more hours, offer more programs and services, have more staff – there will be more of everything!

WILL you still share a space with the Boys & Girls Club?

There is not enough space in our new facility to house both organizations right now but we’re open to a continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Club.

Storytime & Activities at Home

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See all of Sonoma County Library's video Storytime & Activities at Home events!

Are your littles ones missing their storytimes at the library? Now, the library is bringing “Storytime & Activities at Home” to your computer or mobile phone. A schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online.

Crafting at Home

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Craft Kids Rainbow Shapes and Sizes Game

Storytime at Home

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime and Family Literacy Storytime Buzz Buzz Baby


Hora de cuentos en casa - Spanish Storytime at Home

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Spanish Storytime ¡Sólo Una Puntita!


L'heure de Conte a la Maison - French Storytime

See the full L'heure de Conte a la Maison - French Storytime playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Bilingual French Storytime Regarde dans la Mer


Book Read Aloud Bad Kitty

See the full Book Read Aloud Bad Kitty playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Read Aloud Kids Happy Birthday Bad Kitty Chapter 8


Tween Read Aloud

See the full Tween Read Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Tween Book Read Aloud Stella Diaz Has Something to Say - Intro


Simple Science at Home

Come play with science using safe and simple ingredients from home!

See the full Simple Science at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Science Kids Raw or Hard Boiled Egg Test


 

 

Free Lynda.com Courses on Remote Work, Job Searching and More

COVID-19 has changed the way people are working - many people are working remotely, or unfortunately, not at all.

To help in this time, LinkedinLearning (formerly Lynda.com) has unlocked courses to help you stay productive while working from home or, for those who lost their jobs, build out their job search strategy to find a new one.

Visit the LinkedIn Learning Blog to find links and more information on following free “learning paths” to help job seekers, educators, remote workers and more. The free courses in these learning paths will help:

If you have a Sonoma County Library card, many more courses are available to you on Lynda.com. For more information, visit our Lynda.com information.

  • Your Library at Home

Your Library at Home

Library retools for digital delivery

The Sonoma County Library has tracked a steady shift from physical to digital use over the past few years. “Every year, we see more and more patrons checking out electronic books, streaming movies, tracing their family tree or conducting research,” said Ann Hammond, Sonoma County Library Director. “Some of our most loyal and active patrons rarely come into a branch.”

In fact, up until recently, the digital library was almost as busy as the physical library. For example, while Sonoma County Library patrons checked out 2.9 million physical items in the fiscal year ending in June 2019 (the most recent state figures), the library recorded 2.4 million website visits and 829,121 instances of electronic usage of materials.

That all changed on March 14, when all Sonoma County Library branches closed, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the county’s shelter-in-place order. Since then, as physical circulation has come to a halt, digital circulation is skyrocketing.

OverDrive, a popular way to check out electronic books and audiobooks through the library, had a 356 percent increase in website page views in the 23 days from March 17 to April 8. In the same time period, the library’s Hoopla platform, which offers books, films, TV, music, comics and more, had a 786 percent increase in page views.

Kanopy, a resource for classic films and documentaries, had a 298 percent increase, and RBdigital, an easy way to read thousands of current issues and back issues of magazines, topped all Sonoma County Library digital resources with a 2,434 percent increase in page views.

Library patrons are discovering other digital resources as well, learning languages with Mango, brushing up on software skills with LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), deciding what home appliance to purchase with Consumer Reports, researching car repairs with Chilton, looking up ancestors on Ancestry.com, or reading the New York Times – all free with a library card.

“We don’t see this shift as temporary,” Hammond said, reflecting on what to expect when library branches reopen. “There is no substitute for a one-on-one conversation with a friendly librarian, or attending a library event, or bringing your child to a story time, but a lot of our patrons are discovering how easy it is to try the digital option, and we’ll be prepared to keep supporting them. We’ve already added or expanded digital resources, and we will keep looking for ways to serve our community, in person or online.”

But, not everyone has reliable internet access. That worries Hammond, a lot. “We do so much to help bridge the digital divide,” she said. “We have free high speed WiFi in our branches, and it’s still on during the closures so people can access it from outside when the building structure permits. We also have more than 500 WiFi hotspots and more than 100 Chromebooks in circulation, but it’s not nearly enough.”

Hammond and her staff are busy adapting to the temporary closures, and she knows they’ll be busy again when branches reopen, but she vows not to forget about the people who are left out because they can’t afford broadband. “This is a wake-up call for every library in America,” said Hammond. We can’t close the digital divide by ourselves, but we intend to be loud and persistent voices in finding a solution.”

– Submitted by Ray Holley

Recursos de la biblioteca

La biblioteca regional de Roseland está cerrada.

El servicio comenzará en nuestra nueva ubicación, 470 Sebastopol Road, a partir de junio de 2021.


Sonoma Responds

Sonoma Responds: Un Archivo de Memoria Comunitaria

¡Cuenta tu historia! Sonoma Responds: Un Archivo de Memoria Comunitaria es un esfuerzo colectivo para documentar, preservar y compartir nuestras experiencias, perspectivas y recuerdos durante la pandemia de COVID.


Curbside Pickup

Recoger materiales de Biblioteca desde la acera

El servicio de recoger desde la acera está disponible en todas las sucursales de la biblioteca, de lunes a sábado de 10am-3pm (con la excepción de las bibliotecas se Forrestville y Occidental). Consulte nuestra página de ubicaciones para conocer los horarios, direcciones, y números de teléfono.

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Nuevos servicios para adultos en su biblioteca

Recursos digitales ampliados

Durante la pandemia de coronavirus, la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma, junto con varios proveedores de recursos digitales, les ofrecemos más oportunidades para leer, disfrutar y aprender en casa.

Para más recursos, por favor visite la página de recursos digitales.

Además de miles de películas y programas de televisión, libros electrónicos, recursos de aprendizaje, periódicos y revistas, cursos en línea y mucho más, los servicios nuevos o ampliados incluyen:


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Mango Languages

Mango Languages es un importante servicio de aprendizaje de idiomas.

Esta herramienta de aprendizaje de idiomas es gratis para todos los titulares de las tarjetas de la biblioteca y se puede acceder a ella en cualquier lugar con una conexión a Internet. A través de Mango, se ofrece a los usuarios de la biblioteca la oportunidad de aprender 60 idiomas extranjeros y 17 cursos de inglés que se imparten en la lengua nativa del usuario.

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OverDrive Magazines

Ahora las revistas RBdigital están en nuestro sitio web OverDrive y la aplicación Libby. La aplicación Libby le permite leer en su dispositivo móvil.

Ahora las revistas RBdigital están en nuestro sitio web OverDrive y la aplicación Libby. El sitio web y la aplicación RBdigital se retirarán el 31 de marzo. Acceda a revistas digitales gratuitas a través de su biblioteca. Disfrute de más de 3000 revistas, incluidas varias en español y otros idiomas. Desde ¡Hola! Fashion hasta Capital Extra, desde Computer Hoy Extra hasta Grazia México, este increíble recurso tiene una interfaz fácil de leer. Con miles de libros electrónicos, audiolibros electrónicos, y revistas en todas las áreas temáticas para elegir, siempre hay algo para leer.


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Escolar

Escolar es un recurso en español para los nativos del español, para los estudiantes bilingües y para los estudiantes que están aprendiendo español.

Existen dos niveles distintos de contenido único: Primaria y Secundaria, los cuales ofrecen información de interés para cada estudiante. Las llamativas páginas de inicio para cada nivel permiten el acceso a miles de artículos, imágenes, videos, mapas y tablas, y muchas son actualizadas diariamente. Las secciones de Reino Animal y ¿Sabías qué? despiertan la curiosidad de los estudiantes y su deseo de saber más. Mi Britannica ofrece un lugar conveniente para guardar, organizar y compartir las colecciones de contenido que los usuarios encuentren en Britannica Escolar. El acceso es proporcionado por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.


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Hoopla

Haga click aquí para acceder a varios títulos en español (tome en cuenta que la página web se encuentra en inglés).

Hoopla es una tienda única para la transmisión de medios digitales. Con 8 préstamos al mes, usted puede disfrutar de audiolibros, comics, películas, televisión, libros electrónicos y música. Desde los materiales más populares de la actualidad hasta los clásicos, Hoopla sobresale por su variedad y calidad. El equipo digital de Hoopla ha creado una colección especial de Préstamos Adicionales [Bonus Borrows] de los títulos más importantes, entre los que se incluyen los nuevos lanzamientos, series populares para niños y varios títulos acerca del manejo del estrés, cocinar en casa, aptitud física y actividades de Hágalo Usted Mismo [DIY, por sus siglas en inglés]. En Préstamos Adicionales, usted contará con préstamos ilimitados que no tendrán ningún impacto sobre su límite mensual.


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Kanopy

Haga click aquí para acceder a varios títulos en español (tome en cuenta que la página web se encuentra en inglés).

Una colección de películas en línea que presenta más de 30,000 de las mejores películas, las más clásicas y las más innovadoras. Las personas que tengan un carné de Sonoma County Library tienen acceso a películas increíbles, como Criterion Collection, documentales ganadores de varios premios, las películas favoritas de los festivales de cine y películas extranjeras.

Además de los seis préstamos mensuales que están disponibles sin costo alguno con su carné de la biblioteca, Kanopy también ha puesto a su disposición una selección de películas que no afectarán sus facturas. Visite la sección de “Vista Gratuita” de Kanopy. Siendo un líder de contenido y de facilidad de uso en la industria, Kanopy también es el hogar de la Criterion Collecion, y otras increíbles películas.


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LearningExpress

Recursos para Hispanohablantes

Esta es la parte de Biblioteca LearningExpress dedicada a los hablantes del español, que ofrece preparación para el examen de ciudadanía estadounidense y para la obtención de un Diploma de Educación General [GED, por sus siglas en inglés] y otras herramientas.


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MedlinePlus

Información para ayudarlo a contestar preguntas médicas.

MedlinePlus une información autorizada de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina [NML, por sus siglas en inglés], los Institutos Nacionales de Salud (NIH, por sus siglas en inglés) y de otras agencias del gobierno y organizaciones relacionadas con la salud. MedlinePlus también contiene mucha información sobre medicamentos y suplementos, y una enciclopedia médica ilustrada.


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OverDrive

Una plataforma líder de lectura para bibliotecas y escuelas a nivel mundial.

Con miles de libros electrónicos y audiolibros en todas las áreas de ficción y no ficción que hay para elegir, siempre hay algo que leer. La aplicación Libby le permite leer en su dispositivo móvil.


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Periódicos ProQuest

U.S. Hispanic Newsstream, a través de ProQuest, ofrece acceso a la más grande colección de los periódicos hispanos más importantes, noticias por cable, páginas web y blogs en texto completo de los editores de los Estados Unidos.

Disponible tanto en español como en inglés; incluyendo El Diario/La Prensa (New York) La Opinión (Los Angeles), La Prensa (San Antonio) and Extra (Chicago).


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Tutor.com

Apoyo en español para los estudiantes que buscan ayuda en vivo para la mayoría de los temas de matemáticas, ciencias y estudios sociales.

Un solo click hace que la interfaz de la página principal y que el cuestionario previo al inicio de sesión cambie del inglés al español. Las materias, los niveles de grado y las instrucciones de los formularios están traducidas para que exista una conexión fácil con los tutores bilingües expertos en la materia. La ayuda personalizada en vivo está disponible todos los días, de 1:00 pm a 10:00 pm, y la Biblioteca de Recursos SkillsCenter está abierta 24/7.

 

 

  • Internet Access and the Library

Internet Access and the Library

Despite closing our facilities, WiFi internet at all libraries is active, and although Sonoma County Library is asking patrons to honor the shelter in place order, patrons practicing safe social distancing can access library WiFi from outside the buildings (may not work at all libraries).

Technology

The Sonoma County Library has circulating SonomaFi hotspots and ChromeKits available on a first-come, first-serve availability basis. Call your local branch during curbside pickup hours for more information.

Internet access

Due to the shelter-in-place order, the library is expanding our digital resources. If you have trouble accessing the internet, please explore the following options:


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Internet For All Now

The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided access to affordable offers, as well as a number to call 1-844-841-INFO (4636) to assist parents.

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Sonic Covid19 Response

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older.


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Comcast Internet Essentials

Comcast is offering 60 days of free internet access to families whose school age children qualify for free and reduced programs. After 60 days you can continue to have access at a reduced rate of $9.95/mo.


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ATT Access

AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households, including households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.


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WiFi Map

WiFi Map is a free tool that crowdsources free wireless networks around the United States. Please note that because of the nature of the tool Sonoma County Library is not able to vet the accuracy of the information on the site. Also please note that the shelter-in-place order in Sonoma County will limit the use of this tool.


 

So, You're Stuck Inside...

Even though our library branches are closed, our online library is open 24/7 and we are here to help your family with online resources during the coronavirus epidemic and beyond.

In addition to our online library and expanded digital resources, we’ve also compiled this list of free links and resources to help you expand your world outside of your home. They include educational ideas for homeschooling, enrichment activities, ideas for family time, entertainment, and downtime, and even ways to give back to your community.

Family at home

Visit the links below and discover, learn, contribute and create, from your own home:

Hear a story

Here are some websites where you can hear a picture book read aloud:

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Young Adult Books


Listen to music

Here are some sites with book-related songs, early literacy songs, and educational songs:


Discover

Here are some sites with book-related songs, early literacy songs, and educational songs:

Animals & Nature

Art

Famous Places

Sports & Mores


Learn

Check out these sites with all kinds of information about the world around us.


Share

Here are some websites that will inspire you to make social media content, kid friendly crafts, and more!

STEM

Writing

Art

Author Permissions


Contribute

Help the world around you through citizen science projects:


And More!

  • Hear read-alouds, book talks, get art instruction, play games and more – all led by authors!

 

 

Expanded Digital Resources

During the national pandemic situation, the Sonoma County Library and many leading digital content providers, are working to offer you more choices for how you stay safe and healthy at home.

For more resources, visit our eResources page.

In addition to thousands of films, TV shows, eBooks, databases, magazines, classes and more, new and/or expanded services include:


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Ancestry.com

Usually only available within library branches, this incredible resource is now available for at-home use. Ancestry gives you access to records from the U.S. Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital statistics, church records, and more. Trace your family tree from your home computer!

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JSTOR

JSTOR is a selective digital library of academic content. This limited time offer includes access to an abbreviated collection of JSTOR content. Create a free account to access 100 articles per month through June 30, 2021.


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Audible

Audible's streaming audiobook services is offering free access while schools are closed, and your library is an easy way to get access. Treat your kids to great stories in six different languages.


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Teaching Books

172,000+ videos, audio recordings, activities and lessons about children’s and young adult books. Perfect for educators, adults, children and teens.

California K-12 Content

Resources available from the California State Library to all students and educators in the state including materials to help with classwork, homework and research papers.

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Newspapers.com

Usually only available in library branches, this resource is now available through our 24/7 online library. Newspapers.com gives you access to digital archives of Petaluma Argus-Courier, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sonoma West Times and News, and Cloverdale Reveille.


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America's News
(via NewsBank)

A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.


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enki California Digital Library

Over 5,300 eBooks from leading publishers as well as indie authors. No holds, no wait and no library card required. Available to anyone physically located in the state of California.


 

 

  • Las sucursales de la biblioteca se encuentran cerradas, la biblioteca en línea se encuentra disponible

Las sucursales de la biblioteca se encuentran cerradas, la biblioteca en línea se encuentra disponible

Sobre la biblioteca

El brote de la nueva enfermedad coronavirus (COVID-19) sigue aumentando a nivel mundial, lo que representa una grave amenaza para la salud pública de las comunidades de todos los tamaños. Al ser una fuente confiable de la comunidad, Sonoma County Library está comprometida a servir a nuestra comunidad en estos tiempos difíciles.

Las sucursales de nuestra biblioteca están cerradas, ya que estamos comprometidos con la salud y seguridad de nuestra comunidad y de nuestro personal. Por favor, no regrese los materiales de la biblioteca a las sucursales. Quédeselos y disfrútelos sabiendo que hemos extendido todos los plazos establecidos para la devolución de todos nuestros materiales.

Adicionalmente, las donaciones para la venta de libros de los Amigos de la Biblioteca quedan suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso. Amamos sus donaciones de libros, pero no podemos aceptarlas en este momento.

Biblioteca en línea 24/7

Nuestra biblioteca en línea nunca cierra, y usted puede ingresar para ver películas y series de televisión, leer o escuchar libros electrónicos, investigar sobre su historia familiar, aprender un nuevo idioma, o navegar por nuestras bases de datos y otros recursos.

Si no posee una tarjeta de la biblioteca, aún podemos ayudarlo. Haga clic aquí para obtener una tarjeta electrónica temporal y así empezar su aventura digital.

Información y recursos sobre el COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus)

Le recomendamos que sea escéptico a los rumores no confirmados que circulan en las redes sociales, y únicamente confíe en fuentes fidedignas del gobierno para obtener información precisa sobre la pandemia.

Confiamos en los consejos de los siguientes enlaces:

 

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