With the current pandemic, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is required to close to members of the community.

However, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is still virtually open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering a wide array of services and resources for people of all ages here in the community.

Lots of public libraries’ interactions with their community are digital (despite the core services of physical material and in-person programming), and this digital presence continues during this emergency period in nearly all libraries in the province.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is doing a variety of things to help keep the public both informed and entertained during this difficult time.

The library team has been getting library cards into the hands of residents who may not have had one, or who have had theirs expire. This allows them to take advantage of some of the e-resources, including ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, and elearning.

For those who might not be familiar or comfortable with using digital resources, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is available through telephone voicemail or email messages with trained library staff who will respond during the shortened Monday to Friday work hours. Staff are also on hand to answer questions via social media.

The library is still buying new books for people to read, with new e-books being added to Cloud Library so that there are more selections available for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

The library team is also hard at work reviewing the digital experiences and resources for kids and adults now available to highlight the best for you to access. They are sharing through the library’s website and social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Our staff are performing and posting virtual storytimes since we recognize that for very small children, hearing a story during a time of uncertainty can be reassuring,” library CEO Margaret Wallace said. “We are also offering virtual programming for teens and adults to bring some social interaction and normalcy to this difficult time.”

Check out the twice weekly book discussions, to share favourite books with others, and participate in the trivia contests with others in our community.

“We are here to help you find the information you need, and help you stay entertained,” Wallace added.

Photo: Margaret Wallace, Whitchurch-Stouffville Library CEO, and her staff have lots on the agenda to keep connected with residents.

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