The value of connections...

This was supposed to be Spring Break week.  Many of us had plans to travel and gather with loved ones.  Instead, we are staying home and staying apart.

Humans are social beings.  We're not used to being isolated from each other. Thankfully, technology offers wonderful opportunities to stay connected with each other.  There are many digital platforms that are free and accessible on most personal devices.  We are using apps like Facetime, Skype, and Zoom to connect with our coworkers and those we love the most.   These sessions lift our spirits and keep us grounded.  

We are doing everything we can to help you stay connected to Wood Library and our community.  In addition to this newsletter, we are  posting regularly on  FacebookInstagram , and  YouTube , offering  a variety of helpful and uplifting content that we hope you will find useful and fun.

Please, if you are feeling alone and anxious during this time, we urge you to take advantage of these resources:

The New York State Office of Mental Health is working around the clock to help people who are struggling at this time.  If you or someone you care about needs assistance, do not hesitate to call the Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314.
The New York State Department of Health has a 24/7 hotline to answer any of your coronavirus-related questions. To reach them, please call 1-888-364-3065. 
This week New York State also launched a partnership with Headspace to offer free meditations and mindfulness exercises. Visit to access music and soundscapes. 

Please continue to connect with us by email.  Library staff will make every effort to respond within 24 hours.

We miss you, but are grateful for the opportunities to connect with you on our social media platforms.  It's not the same as visiting with you in the library, but your encouraging comments, likes, and thumbs up help us feel connected to you.  Thanks.

Sign up for a Digital Library Card!

Do you know someone who needs a library card to access our digital resources?  Thanks to the Pioneer Library System, people can now sign up for a digital library card that will allow them to download eBooks and digital audiobooks during our closure.  All that is needed is a mobile phone number.   Use this link to apply.
Spring Break options:  virtual museum tours!

World-class museums and national parks are offering virtual opportunities to experience art, culture, science, history, and natural wonders!  Explore these exciting venues using this link.
Discover Hogwarts from home!

Harry Potter fans will love this collection of magical treats, articles, quizzes, games, crafts and more.   Check out the hub here.
Access the library from home

Access digital audiobooks, eBooks,and magazines using OverDrive and the Libby apps.   The Libby app is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks, and in your browser .  If you have a device that's not compatible with Libby, you can use the  OverDrive app  to borrow and enjoy digital titles instead.  Contact us for assistance.
Join  The Big Library Read

Readers from around the country are reading and discussing Michael McCreary's Funny, You Don't Look Autistic:  A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum 

Get free digital access to the book, a reader's guide, and hear from the author.

Show off your Lego building skills!

All ages!  Through the month of April we will host a virtual Lego challenge. Build something amazing at home and share your photos with us at #leggomylegos or by email.
Join The New Yorker Discussion Group!

We are hosting a weekly New Yorker discussion group via Zoom.  The group meets virtually on Thursday afternoons.    Please message us to get access.
Online Book Discussion Group seeks book lovers!

Missing your book club?  Join our online book discussion group!  Tell us what you're reading and share a review. 
Discover family history from home!

ProQuest has made  Ancestry Library Edition available from a home computer or other digital device during our closure.  Learn more about your family history!
Your questions answered

Library staff pulled together a list of answers to the common questions that people are asking about our closure.  See our FAQ document here.
Helpful Local Resources

211 Lifeline is a terrific resource that connects people with essential local services. You can use the online resource or Dial 211 using your phone. Please share this resource with neighbors who may be living alone or struggling to get the services they need during this time.
Good news to note

Katie Smith, our wonderful Teen Services Librarian, returned to work today after an extended maternity leave.  Stay tuned as she has a lot of ideas to share about how teens can stay engaged in learning, creating, and exploring during this time of social distancing.  

Got a question about teen services?  Ask Katie.

This is an uncertain time for everyone.  Wood Library is attempting to brighten your day by offering free access to WiFi, digital collections, and uplifting content.  On April 23, 2020, you will be invited to demonstrate your support for these services by making a gift to Wood Library.  We know that some of you are not in a position to donate at this time, and that is okay.  For those of you who are able to help, we will gratefully accept donations of any amount.  All gifts made on April 23 will be used to purchase additional digital content for our collection.  Stay tuned for details.
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