Weekly Updates                 March 23-29, 2020
Library Resources to Enjoy at Home
As part of the Town of Concord's response to the  COVID-19 virus
outbreak and in support of the health and  well-being of library patrons and staff, the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) will remain closed until further notice. Despite this closure, my colleagues and I remain committed to the Library's mission of connecting community members to information, ideas, culture, unique historical resources and each other by developing resource lists, an online book discussion, stories, and a reading incentive program for all ages that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Please visit us at concordlibrary.org, and follow us o n Twitter @CFPL_Updates and Facebook @Concordlibrary. Please  use the hashtag #ConcordReads in your own postings.

Click here for links to digital media, including free access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and the TumbleBooks collection of animated talking picture books designed especially for kids. Past library programs and lectures can be viewed here.
Best wishes to you and your families during this challenging and uncertain time.  We look forward to welcoming you back in person to the Concord Free Public Library soon. Please email us anytime at CFPLquestions@concordma.gov.

                                                                Kerry Cronin
Library Director  
FAQ's During the Library Closure
How long is the Library closed?

The Library is closed  until further notice . Town leadership will determine when the Library, as a Town department, can safely reopen.

How do I get my loan period extended?

No action is required on your part. Due dates for borrowed items have been extended to April 15 and may be extended further as the situation develops. No fines will be charged as a result of the closure.

What about borrowed materials from other local libraries?

Items borrowed through the Concord Free Public Library should be included in the loan period extension.  Our partners at Minuteman Library Network are working on extending due dates for all items.

Will I be charged any fines during the closure?

No fines will be charged as a result of the closure. The loan period extension should prevent any fines from being assessed. After we reopen, we are happy to work with any patrons who have individual concerns.

What will happen to my holds?

Any items that are currently on our hold shelves will remain there while we are closed. We will hold them for one week after we reopen. Pending hold requests will not be processed during the closure.

Why can't I return materials to your book drops?

During our closure, we are unable to process returns. You are helping us by holding onto your items until we reopen. Thank you for your understanding.

I don't have a library card. How can I get one while you are closed?

Register online for a temporary Minuteman Library Network card . The temporary card will give you immediate access to select resources, including  ebooks , audiobooks, and video via  OverDrive  (Libby). After we reopen, please visit any Library location with a picture ID and proof of address to get a full-service card.

Massachusetts residents may also register  for a Boston Public Library eCard , which will allow them to use all BPL online resources including  OverDrive  and Hoopla

My library card is expired. Can I renew it while you are closed?

Library cards that recently expired have been reactivated until May 31, and library cards nearing expiration have been extended until May 31. If you are still having trouble using your library card, please  contact Robin at rdemas@minlib.net.

What is my PIN? How can I reset it while you are closed?

You can reset your PIN at  https://library.minlib.net/pinreset

What library resources are available from home?

We offer e-books, audiobooks,  music,  movies, magazines,  and online learning resources via our  online eResources at concordlibrary.org. While many are available to all Minuteman Library Network card holders, some are limited to Concord residents.

Massachusetts residents may also  register for a Boston Public Library eCard , which will allow  them  to use all BPL online resources ,  including  OverDrive  and Hoopla .

Why am I unable to place new requests for items?

Requests are unable to be placed and processed at this time while our member libraries are closed.

Covid-19 Information from the Town of Concord and the CDC
Below please find a list of links related to services that we hope you will find helpful.

For the most up-to-date information from the Town of Concord, visit www.concordma.gov/coronavirus2019

To sign-up for the Town of Concord's news and notices email announcements, see the front page of www.concordma.gov

For the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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