Archive: Mar 2020
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FREE and open WIFI has been turned on at all library branch locations (Morgantown, Arnettsville, Clay-Battelle, Clinton District, and Cheat Area)!
While we can’t yet open our doors and share our space together, we want to continue sharing what we can. Enjoy!
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Meet us at our 24/7 digital library at www.mympls.org and check out Tumblebooks, our largest selection of children’s story books, read alongs, and puzzles and games.
In addition to our regular offering, Tumblebooks has made more free content for parents, including teen books, audio books for all ages, and steamy romance novels for our adults.
Teen Book Cloud – grade 7-12
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Audio Book Cloud – all ages audio books
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Romance Book Cloud – a huge collection of Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
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Don’t have a library card but want to access our ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, etc.?
We are now offering temporary cards of any resident in West Virginia. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (304) 291-7425 Monday through Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm.
We will need your full name, phone number, email, and mailing address. Once we receive your request, we will mail you your library card. Should you need access sooner, we can provide your barcode over the phone or via email.
These cards are set to expire on June 1st, 2020. If you want to keep using your temporary library card after June 1st, come in with a photo ID and proof of current address once we are reopened.
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After careful deliberation with the City of Morgantown and the Morgantown Public Library Board of Trustees surrounding COVID-19, The Morgantown Public Library System and all branches will temporarily close to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 through at least Sunday, April 5. As a result, all events and programs planned during this time will be canceled or postponed. The length of closure will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis.
This is not a decision that we took lightly as it affects access to in-person technology, resources, and gathering spaces we are known to provide to our community. We feel it is our social responsibility to protect the public by closing our doors to curb the growth of this public health crisis.
For those of you with library materials, feel free to return them to our book drops at your convenience or keep them until we are back in full operation. Remember, our 24/7 digital library will continue to meet you wherever you are. We have digital resources for all ages, interests, and formats including, ebooks, audiobooks, streamable movies, music, and magazines.
As the situation is ever evolving, we will keep you updated as we learn more. Follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information. We look forward to opening our doors again and serve you the way we know best—with clean learning spaces for the whole family, new books, and smiles from your biggest literacy supporters. Until then, we’ll meet you online at our digital library.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can I read while branches are closed?
The library’s 24/7 digital offerings include e-books, audiobooks, research databases, magazines, music, movies, and much more. You can find them all at www.mympls.org
What if my items are due?
Remember, we are a fine-free library. During this time, we ask you to either return your books to our book drops at your convenience or hold on to them during the closure and return them once we are in full operation.
Can I still request books?
Yes, you can still request books through our online catalog. However, you will not be able to pick up your materials until the library is officially open again. Even then, we anticipate possible delays in receiving materials from other libraries.
Can I drop off my library materials?
Yes. Please feel free to drop off your books at any of our book drops.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew it?
All accounts that expire during this closure will see an extension date until June 2020.
I have a question about accessing digital resources. Is there anyone that can help me?
Please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions or request a callback by providing your name and number.
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The safety of our community is a top priority. In light of concerns around COVID-19, we know that many of you may have questions about how it may affect library events, facilities, and open hours.
The Morgantown Public Library System continues to operate as usual, and we want to assure you that our team is staying current on all developments surrounding the virus. We are monitoring updates from the Mon County Health Department (https://www.monchd.org/) and the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
While we always strive to be a clean library we are taking extra precautions—hand sanitizer stations have been set up at the entrance and throughout the library, hand washing instructions and reminders have been placed in bathrooms, and our team will be sanitizing door handles and entrance ways several times a day. To help us with our efforts, we ask all visitors to follow these simple preventative measures that can help keep our library safe:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough into your elbow.
- If you have concerns about your health or any symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
If you are feeling sick we encourage you to stay home and avoid public areas rather than risk spreading germs to others. Our 24/7 digital library meets you wherever you are. Should you ever find yourself away from our libraries find us online at www.mympls.org.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide resources to keep our community informed. For additional resources, consider the following: CDC website for weekly updates (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html), Mon County Health Department for local updates (https://www.monchd.org/), and the WHO Q&A (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses).