Message from Peter Leonard, Executive Director, updated April 2, 2020
Staff members from our two libraries and Second Edition are sending good wishes to our community during this time of isolation.
It appears that our closure will continue through April and possibly beyond. While we are eager to see all of our users in the library, borrowing items, attending programs, studying and using library computers, we want to follow guidance from health experts so the disease can be contained and our community stays healthy.
Staff is busy working to adapt library services to this new virtual world. Fortunately, there are services like downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and Kanopy streaming video that are free and easily available. Many users are finding learning platforms like Lynda.com and Mango Languages that are also offered through WCCLS.
Library staffs at Cedar Mill, Bethany and across our county are now working remotely on creating new services and developing plans for future services. WCCLS has been reminding us that Libraries Continue. Even when our physical connections are limited, the library’s core mission of connecting people and information resources and providing support for early literacy development will continue.
Our online Library Update e-newsletter is a great way to get informed about current virtual activities. It’s easy to sign up! Subscriptions are free and the library never shares your email or other information with any organization or business.
For anyone driving by the library on Saltzman and wondering about the fencing across the entrance—it’s a good thing! The library parking lot was scheduled to be ripped up later this summer as part of the Milltowner redevelopment. This would have been a big mess while the library was open, but by adjusting their plans, the contractors can get a lot of that work out of the way now to reduce impacts in the future. You know the saying about lemons and lemonade.
In other news, WCCLS had to shut down its Homebound Book service this week due to concerns about spreading illness. Staff will continue calling those clients to offer some welcome conversation during these closures.
Almost everybody in our community is a shut-in now, so my request is that we all do one thing each day to reach out to a friend or neighbor on the phone and tell them you are thinking of them. Your call may brighten someone’s day—and will probably make you feel good too! – Peter
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Call 2-1-1 for questions about the virus
WCCLS Libraries’ Response
Beaverton School District
Washington County – Crisis Home Page
Washington County — Services Status
Multnomah County Health Department
Oregon Health Authority COVID-19
US: Center for Disease Control
US: National Institutes for Health
Global: The World Health Organization Q & A : COVID-19
News and Reference Articles:
New York Times – Coronavirus | Get full NYT access for free with your library card)
Snopes.com – Factchecking Coronovirus – check for misinformation before reposting on social media
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