COVID-19 News From 
the
 
Middleborough Public Library
Library Lines                   March 17,  2020
An Update on Library Programs and Services

Most of you have probably heard by now that the Library (and all Middleboro Town offices) are closed until further notice.  We wanted to reassure you of several things:

1. Library staff will be onsite and will return your phone calls and emails several times a day.  Please don't expect to get through to a staff member immediately.

2. Patrons  do not need to worry about fines. The Library has stopped assessing fines for the immediate future. You may return any materials currently checked out (except Funbrary items) at any time using our two outdoor book drops, but please don't leave anything if the returns are full.  We'll be emptying them regularly.

3. No holds will be available, but pickup dates for all holds currently placed have been extended by the SAILS network until April 15.  All delivery service between Massachusetts libraries has been suspended.

4. All patrons whose library cards were scheduled to expire in April have had their expiration date extended until May 1.

5. The statewide collection of our Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines is still available 24/7.  Just log onto our website, or into the Libby or Overdrive apps on your devices to browse through and checkout books.

6. Please check our website or Facebook page for news and updates when they become available.

7.  We'll miss seeing you here at the Library for your regular visits, and hope that we'll be back open and running as soon as is safely possible.

Sincerely, 

The entire staff of the  Middleboro Public Library
Looking for Something to Watch, Read or Listen to?

Here are a few resources that may keep you engaged while you're inside at home. You'll find hundreds more online: 

1. The Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning  Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on their website for the duration of the closure. Click here to get started.

2. The Internet Archive offers a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a bricks-and-mortar library, they provide free access to the general public. Click here to access their film archive.

3. Podcasts are a wonderful way to pass the time whether you want to learn something new, reminisce about the way things used to be, or laugh out loud.  Check out the podcast app on your device or try a website with a variety of stories like  "This American Life."  Start here.

4. Have you always wanted to visit our National Parks? You can take visually stunning virtual tours of many of them including New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns, Alaska's Kenai Fjords, and Florida's Dry Tortugas. Start your visit here.
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
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