Weekly Deschutes Public Library Update
March 27, 2020
Library Closure Update: In compliance with Oregon Executive Order 20-12, all Deschutes Public Library locations remain closed to the public at this time. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and library management and the library board are continually monitoring and assessing the situation with information from state and local health authorities.
Book Drops are Closed; Please Hold Your Items
In light of Governor Brown's Executive Order 20-12 , all book drops are closed at our libraries. The order directs all Oregonians to "stay at home to the maximum extent possible." To that end, please hold on to all library materials in your possession. Due dates have been extended on ALL library materials and fines have been waived, so kindly keep your materials during this time. If you're tired of re-reading or re-watching what you have checked out, be sure to explore all of the digital downloads available to you .
Do You Need Help Using Library Apps?
Some of you have been getting eBooks and digital audio books from us for years. For others, this may be your first time navigating the world of electronic books and other digital library materials. We're here to help you get the most out of your library while you're at home. Visit our Digital Downloads page to explore the various apps you can use online, and check out our new set of step-by-step How-to Guides to learn how to download eBooks, stream movies, check out magazines, and more.
Now You Can Borrow Even More with Hoopla
Ho opla allows you to borrow up to 15 items a month with no waiting. In order to provide even more content to customers, hoopla Digital has curated a special Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection . You can borrow from this list of more than 1,000 top titles without being debited any borrows when you choose any of the the included titles! Browse all of the hoopla Bonus Borrows collection of eBooks, audio books, movies, and more here .
We're Still Here and Ready to Help
We may not be able to see you in person, but we are still here to help you with your questions. You can still use our Book-a-Librarian service to communicate one-on-one via phone with a librarian regarding your research questions. You can also submit questions by email or online chat from the Ask a Librarian page on our website . If you'd like to explore some of the most frequent questions we're receiving, be sure to visit the FAQ page on our website . We keep it updated with the latest information.
Worker, Job-Seeker, and Employer Resources
 This is a time of uncertainty for many people. We've pulled together a list of resources available to you that may be of help, including local, regional, state, and nationwide resources specifically in response to COVID-19. This list includes career and employment resources, information for small businesses, social support through Thrive Central Oregon, and links to accurate and scientific information about COVID-19 and local, state, and federal responses.
You Can Still Get a Library Card
We are still processing library card applications during the closure. If you are a Deschutes County resident 17 or older and need a library card, head to our website here and select "Pre-apply online." We will process applications online, and aim to get a card number to you via email within three business days. If you have questions about your current library card or need help with your application, you can reach out to us. Visit our Contact Us page on our website to reach us via email.
Spotlight on Book Lists
The Deschutes Public Library catalog is a great place to search for books and audio books, and it's also a great place to get recommendations from library staff. When you visit the online catalog , you'll see "Recent Staff Lists" at the top of the page. Lists include recent staff recommendations for eBooks and audio books that are available now--no waiting--through Hoopla. You can even create your own list. Simply log in to your library account and navigate to "My Library Dashboard ." From there, go to "My Collections," then "Lists." It's a great way to share your favorites with friends.
Spotlight on Creativebug
Now may be the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, work on crafting projects with kids, or begin a daily artistic practice. Creativebug  is your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos, and it's free to you with your Deschutes Public Library card. With your free membership, you'll enjoy award-winning instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking, and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. Log-in here and start creating today. (You'll find guides on how to use Creativebug here .)
We're living in unprecedented times, but the Census goes on. 2020 Census data will inform congressional representation, resources allocated for community services, emergency disaster response strategies, and more. Ensuring a full and fair count of your community is essential. Beginning this month, households across Oregon will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them to take the census online or by phone. Each household will be asked to provide basic information about the people who reside in that household “most of the time” as of April 1, 2020, the official “Census Day.” Learn more on our website here .