Covid-19’s Impact on Libraries Goes Beyond Books

From Wired

“FOR JENNIFER PEARSON, the choice was difficult but clear: Shut down the library, or people could die.“My library was filled with older people,” Pearson says. “I just wanted to go out and scream, ‘Go home. What are you doing here?’ I knew that if we didn’t make that move to close the building, they would never stop coming. We were, at that point, doing more harm than good.”Pearson is the director of the Marshall County Memorial Library in Tennessee, which shut down last Wednesday. She’s also president of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. The ARSL, along with larger organizations like the American Library Association, has issued a statement recommending that public libraries close their doors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.”

10 (Free) Ways to Use the L.A. Public Library While Actual Libraries Are Closed

From Los Angeles Magazine

“On March 14, the city made the difficult decision to shutter the L.A. Public Library’s 73 locations through at least March 31.Even though Angelenos can’t physically enter their local branches, the library has an array of e-media available to library card holders, from free movie streaming services to online subscriptions to major newspapers. Don’t have a card? No problem. You can register for an e-Card on on their website.From audiobooks to digital photography exhibits, here are ten free ways to stay entertained and informed while you self-isolate.”

San Diego County Libraries Move To Digital To Help Stop COVID-19

From Patch San Diego

” Due to the quickly moving nature of the County’s response to the novel coronavirus and to protect the public, County libraries will not be able to provide curbside pickup of books and library materials. However, library patrons can still digitially access all the Library’s e-books and e-magazines around the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — by downloading the Libby app for e-books or Flipster (under e-books and e-magazines) for e-magazines like Sports Illustrated, People, Time.Residents who do not have a library card, can sign up for an Instant Digital Card and use their mobile phone number as their library card!”

Updates to the Goleta Library System During Stay at Home Order

From The Independent

“With the new stay at home order for California, the Goleta, Solvang and Buellton Libraries have had to modify what they can offer patrons. Book returns can be made at the book drops through Sunday, March 22. After that date they will be locked. The due date for all checked out items has been extended to May 4, and there will be no overdue fees for any items during this period. Library staff are working hard to put together resources for children and adults to do at home. This includes activities for children such as virtual story times conducted by library staff, easy craft projects, and educational sites. For adults there will be virtual travel and tour sites, access to Broadway Musicals from your sofa, and research links. The page will debut on the library website ( next week.”

Updates to the Goleta Library System During Stay at Home Order

All Humboldt County Libraries Closed Through End of March

From Lost Coast Outpost

“Humboldt County Library press release: Due to public health concerns presented by COVID-19, all Humboldt County Library locations and Bookmobile will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 31st, 2020. This decision is based on information from the California Department of Public Health and is designed to protect the health of our community and staff. Library volunteers will be contacted and asked not to report until further notice.”

San Diego County, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra boost census outreach at libraries

From San Diego Union Tribune

“The same day Californians began receiving invitations in the mail to participate in the 2020 census, some top state and local leaders unveiled census kiosks and urged San Diego County residents to participate in the once-a-decade event.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, County Supervisor Greg Cox and community advocates showed how the kiosks work at the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library on Thursday.Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts and gathers information on people, including how many live in households, their gender, age, race and ethnicity. That data is then used to determine how many seats each state gets in the 435-member House of Representatives and how billions of federal dollars are divvied up among states.”