Libraries in the Age of COVID-19

Submitted by edawson on July 27, 2020 - 2:10pm

It’s been a crazy couple of months in the world and we’ve missed our teens dearly. While sheltering at home, we were trying to figure out what the new normal for libraries would look like. How could we connect with our teenagers and provide them with valuable resources and support during this tumultuous time? We researched different digital platforms, read a ton of new YA novels, and investigated programs we could do remotely.

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We are not yet able to get together in person, but that isn’t going to stop us. Now that our branches are open for curbside pick-up, the Sonoma County Library Young Adult Services Librarians are hard at work coming up with ways to have virtual programs and volunteering as well. Things will look different of course, but we are trying hard to ensure some of your favorite programs are still available. Anime Club, Book Clubs, and Teen Crafts are all in the works. Be on the lookout for sign-ups to do an online teen volunteer orientation to get in your service hours and gain important job skills. Do you have a suggestion on a program we should work on? Submit your suggestion to us and we’ll try to make it happen.

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Book Suggestions?

Do not forget that curbside is for everyone! Either call your local library branch or request materials through the library catalog. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Saturday our library staff is available to answer any and all your reference questions, recommend books, or check out your materials. Librarians are also working hard at getting together book talks to help you choose your next great read. In addition to our book talks, you can always ask us to put together personal reading recommendations for you through the What Should I Read Next? section of the website. Give us details about your favorite reads and interests and we will give you a list of 2 to 3 options you might enjoy with reasons as to why we picked them.


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