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Virus not keeping people from staying in touch with library

Submitted photo The Lepper Library celebrates with Faith Barton who has reached 300 books in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. The program is still ongoing despite the library’s temporary closure during the COVID-19 crisis and families can keep track of all titles read to their children aged 5 and younger.

LISBON– The closure of the Lepper Library’s doors has not stopped the staff from making the library an accessible asset to the community. As the governor, Mike DeWine, and Dr. Amy Acton have made meeting at the building off limits until at least May 1 Director Marcy Kaiser and the Board of Trustees have opened the library to more virtual avenues.

Using already established social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram, the library has been able to grow a following for more virtual resources. Through the library’s website, www.lepperlibrary.org, patrons still have access to OverDrive and Libby to get eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos and magazines.

From the website there is also access to Ancestry.com for a limited time from home; the David Anderson High School yearbooks from 1910-2017; the Ohio Web Library Databases including Chilton’s auto repair, Ebsco magazine articles, Hobbies and Craft reference resources, Transparent Language Online foreign language learning, and many school resources for kids. Other online opportunities are the Digital Newspaper Collection of local papers from 1810 to 2012; and Lynda.com for online learning for business topics, programming languages, computer software instruction and much more.

Additional resources that the library has added to the website to help serve the public include updated links for children such as online stories and reading links, STEM/STEAM ideas, traveling at home via virtual tours of National Parks, Botanical Gardens, Zoos, Aquariums, Disney parks, and LEGOLAND; links for adults to find information about health, job searching and unemployment, government officials, parks, travel and people. The library is also keeping events and information updated on the website as well.

To further the library’s mission of engaging the public in free opportunities that inform, inspire and entertain, more virtual programming is being implemented. For patrons with technology questions they can contact staff member RJ via email at raymond@lepperlibrary.org, or questions about materials at circulation@lepperlibrary.org. For children’s fun, Youth Librarian Kathy Dotson is streaming storytimes on Facebook Live through the Lepper Library’s page at 11 a.m. Saturdays. She is also posting First Chapter Friday videos on the Facebook page where she will read the first chapter of a juvenile or teen book that patrons can find on The Ohio Digital Library through OverDrive or Libby.

Existing adult programs, like the Writer’s Group and the book club, will go virtual as well. The Writer’s Group has a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) page where members can chat about their projects. Go to nanowrimo.org to set up a free account and search in the groups for the Lepper Library Writers.

The book club has been moved to Goodreads.com as the Lepper Public Library Goodreads Book Club. An account for goodreads.com is also free. Goodreads as itself is a great resource for all avid readers to help them keep track of books read, books to-read, and books being currently read.

To keep some fun in the virtual programming for all ages the library will now be hosting Trivia Tuesdays. The trivia games will go live at 9 a.m. each Tuesday through posts on Facebook and Instagram. Follow the link to CrowdPurr and enter in the access code that is on the post to play.

There will be three different games to play in varying difficulty: a family team trivia game for all ages, a timed trivia game where points are lost as the time counts down for each answer, and the hardest– a survivor game where you have to answer the question correctly to move on.

The Lepper Library strives to serve the public in these unprecedented times and asks the patrons to remember that fines will not accrue during our closure. Once the library reopens, materials can be returned and patrons can restock their book piles, get movies, magazines, audiobooks, graphic novels, cake pans, board games, ukuleles, hot spots, adult coloring books, literacy bags, puzzles, use the public computers, have copies made, faxes sent and notaries signed.

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