National Library Week: April 19–25, 2020

“Our libraries continue to serve patrons online by providing digital content and virtual services that are needed more than ever,” says Sharon Smith, president of Friends of the Knox County Public Library in her letter published in the April 19 edition of the Knoxville News Sentinel. “From home and with a library card, you can access e-books, music, video games, movies, virtual storytimes and activities. What a wonderful resource for our entire community!” Read the full letter here.

By the numbers: Although the library’s physical doors have been closed since March 20, it continues to find ways to serve our community day after day. From March 20 through April 8, library staff members working from home issued nearly 900 digital access library cards to people without an active library card. Library patrons accessed thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, and courses online. And thanks to KCPL’s Ask-a-Librarian service, patrons were able to communicate with reference librarians through online chats, email, and text messages. All card holders continue to have access to KCPL’s materials and services. 

How have you been finding the library at your place? By checking out ebooks and audiobooks? By watching movies? By reading the latest issue of your favorite magazine? By doing genealogical research? By contacting the Ask-a-Librarian service? Download a printable copy of our National Library Week Bingo card and see how many ways you’ve been using KCPL’s materials and services while staying home.

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