WCDPL director:: Library offering access to info, literature and entertainment

        Michael Penrod, Director of the Wood County District Public Library, wants the community to know that even with the buildings closed, the library is busy enhancing online services to offer access to information, literature, and entertainment during this stressful time.
        “Libraries are essential. I truly believe this,” he said. “The core function of a library is to gather people together to use books and other resources and to support the community’s needs for lifelong learning, early literacy support, recreation, and reliable resources.
        “But right now, gathering is exactly what we should not be doing,” he said. “Therefore, in support of the orders from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, the library is closed through at least April 6 and all library programs and community usage of meeting spaces are canceled through at least the end of April.”
        Penrod highlights some of the new or enhanced services the Wood County District Public Library is currently offering via its website wcdpl.org and through the library’s Facebook page:
        • Patrons without a library card can now get a temporary card at wcdpl.org that works immediately with the Ohio Digital Library, the Flipster online magazine service, and with Hoopla.
        • Ohio Digital Library is making Instant Access cards available on their landing page. Ohio residency is verified using a text message to the phone; even if you have an out-of-state phone number, you can use WCDPL's temporary card.
        • Hoopla’s ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows are available with no waiting, and Flipster’s 85 different magazines are also always available, including back issues.
        • The library has increased the number of Hoopla items patrons can check out to 25 per month for all patrons with library cards and Hoopla has added a Bonus Collection that doesn't count against the number of items patrons check out.
        • TumbleBooks provides ebooks and other content for younger readers, students, and adults. That resource has dropped the requirement to enter a library card and has added more modules to support learning at home and relaxation. TumbleBooks products are always available, no waiting.
        • The new TumbleBooks modules are available until Aug. 31. They include: TumbleMath (ages K-6); TeenBookCloud (grades 7-12); AudioBookCloud (all ages); and RomanceBookCloud. These modules may be found at WCDPL.ORG.
        • WCDPL is sharing information about the library’s learning-at-home resources with Bowling Green, Lake and Northwood schools.
        • For the genealogists in the community, the Ancestry Library Edition database is now available from home through April 30.
        • Library staff have created short how-to videos for Ancestry Library Edition, Hobbies and Craft Reference Center, and Book Talks. Look for those on the library's Facebook page, and on wcdpl.org.
        • For the investors in the community, the Valueline database is allowing up to 30 simultaneous users with a WCDPL library card.
        • WCDPL is extending its Book Bingo contest until the end of April. Submit completed bingo cards by mail or drop them off when the library reopens. More information about Book Bingo is at wcdpl.org.
        • The library is bringing back the Ukulele Club in a FaceBook Live format for three Mondays in April, starting April 6. Watch for the announcement on Facebook.
        WCDPL patrons who currently have library items at home can keep them until the library reopens, or place them in the 24/7 returns available at both the Bowling Green and Walbridge libraries. Nothing is due back while the library is closed.
        “We will get through this together,” Penrod said.


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