We have received many calls and messages asking when the library will reopen beyond curbside service. This is actually a more complicated question than it may appear to be on the surface. Unlike a retail store, patrons come to the library not just to browse but to also put back. Items that have been checked out must now be quarantined upon return. The library is a place folks gather and linger. These are just a few of the things we must consider as we make plans to reopen.
While we would love nothing more than to throw wide the doors, there are factors that give us pause. And so, the answer is “not just yet.” We have a target date of July 1 in mind, but this is subject to change as so many things are these days.
In the meantime, please place a hold and use our curbside service. Please check out an e-resource or mess around with the “More Information” tab in the card catalog. And, of course, you’ll want to participate in the Summer Reading Program – Dig Deeper – where every reader is a winner this year.
We’ve busy while you’ve been away, keeping the flow of books moving, sprucing up the building, and making plans for the future. When the time comes, we are going to be so incredibly ready!
Our library system has compiled a list of online places to go, like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Brookfield Zoo, the palace at Versailles, and the Met! If you’re looking to get away, RAILS invites you to take a virtual tour or two!
Tumblebooks has opened their full catalog to our library! There are e-books and e-audiobooks available for all ages including adults. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Select a link and you’re off!
The additional collections will be available through August 31. After that our service will drop back down to the Tumblebook Library for K-6 and require a library card to sign in.
Here is another avenue for finding e-books! The Internet Archive specializes in books published from the 1920s to the 1990s, books for which there is no digital edition except for the Archive’s scanned editions. The Archive is suspending waitlists and providing open access to 1.4 millions volumes through June 30.
“Big Timber Media worked to create bundles which include a selection of our titles from Focus Readers, Little Blue Readers, Jolly Fish Press, and Press Box Books, for readers of all ages. These bundles are web-hosted, which means accessing your eBooks requires an internet connection. Let’s make distance learning a team effort!”
If you want something to make you smile, click on the PreK-2 Collection, then the Animals Collection, and then the “Animals that Dig” book. The photos are so adorable!
Tumblebooks are animated, talking books for kids grades K-6. The Tumblebooks library also includes National Geographic Videos and interactive educational games. Log in to Tumblebooks using your Hudson library card and get ready to Tumble!
NOTE: Tumblebooks has temporarily opened access to everyone with or without a library card! Woohoo! Let’s Tumble!!