COVID19 Shutdown Service Updates

May 20th, 2020

We’re excited!!

Last night Gov. Beshear approved a phased reopening of libraries beginning June 8! As with all of the businesses and activities that have been approved to reopen so far, the Governor said specific guidelines and building capacity limits would be forthcoming.

We’re eager to welcome you back, and we want to do it safely. Before we closed in March, Madison County Public Library saw nearly 26,000 visits each month to our two library locations and Bookmobile. You checked out close to 57,000 items and attended nearly 600 meetings and library programs each month. Our libraries were vibrant community gathering places.

In an environment that is designed for people to browse, linger, and share common resources - reopening in the midst of COVID-19 has serious implications. We have a comprehensive plan in place, and as we receive more specific guidelines, we will be able to map out exactly how and when that plan will be implemented.

Sure, there will be a lot of changes, and things won’t look or work exactly like they did before the COVID19 shutdown. As you might expect, there will be new rules, new procedures, and service limitations. Some of these may be temporary, and some may be long term. We will learn together how to travel this new road as safely as we can for everyone involved.

Starting June 1, we will re-introduce a library service or function each week, so check back often for details. In the meantime, we hope you are using our three contact-less methods of getting books and materials (curbside pickup, electronic lockers, and home delivery). We hope you are able to access our rich digital content of both materials and programs. And we hope you have had a chance to try one of our very popular take and make programs.

Thank you for sticking with us through these unprecedented times! Your patience and support mean the world to us!

March 30th, 2020

During this unprecedented time of closure and #HealthyAtHome, businesses, organizations, and individuals are stepping up to help provide services in different ways. A recent addition to this list with regard to readers of all ages is the “Bonus Borrows” program from hoopla. We were previously able to extend the number of hoopla checkouts from 3 to 5 per month, but hoopla has done us one better by offering a curated collection of “free borrows.” These items do not count against your monthly total!

 

There are more than 30 curated collections containing over a thousand titles to meet just about any interest.

 

Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your hoopla app on whatever device you’re using OR
  • Go to our website, www.madisonlibrary.org , and click on Stream & Download and choose hoopla
  • In the search bar at the top, type in “bonus borrows,” and you will get a whole list of titles available

 

We thank hoopla and Midwest Tape for making this resource available, and we hope you enjoy even more hoopla this month (the bonus borrows program ends April 30)!

 

 

 

 

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library

March 25th, 2020

During this unprecedented time of closure and #HealthyAtHome, businesses, organizations, and individuals are stepping up to help provide services in different ways. A recent addition to this list with regard to readers of all ages is TumbleBooks.

 

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced today it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all libraries until at least August 31.

 

Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary (www.tumblebooklibrary.com) is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world.

 

President and CEO Ron Zevy issued this statement:

“During these difficult times we, like you, are only concerned with the safety and well-being of our children. We put business concerns aside and work for the greater good of the community. We hope and pray our content can provide much needed entertainment, distraction, and education.”

TumbleBooks, based in Toronto, Canada, owns and operates TumbleBookLibrary, TumbleMath, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud, and Romance BookCloud.

 

As a result of this generous offer, MCPL has added this eBook/database resource to our website so they can be shared and accessed by our customers from the comfort and safety of their homes. You can use these on any device – you just need internet access

 

Here’s How It Works:

  • Go to the MCPL website – www.madisonlibrary.org
  • Click on “Stream & Download”
  • Select “TumbleBooks” from the drop-down menu
  • Choose the collection you would like to browse
  • You can also click directly on one of the links below:

 

There are five collections in total:

  • www.TumbleBookLibrary.com - K-6 children's ebook database

Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books

 

  • www.TumbleMath.com - K-6 math ebook database

Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

 

  • www.TeenBookCloud.com - gr 7-12 ebook database

Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

 

  • www.AudioBookCloud.com - all ages audio book database

Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

 

  • www.RomanceBookCloud.com - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6

 

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library

UPDATE: March 23rd, 2020

UPDATE: Based on the governor’s most recent briefing and service recommendations, we will stop CURBSIDE HOLDS DELIVERY as of 5 PM today (3/23/2020). However, we will still continue processing holds as long as we are able on a more limited scale that eliminates person-to-person contact.

 

Beginning Thursday (3/26/2020), we will utilize our Library on the Go locker system at our Berea and Richmond locations. We are moving the units from our remote stations at White Hall and Waco today. This is a temporary move to help us get as many materials to people as we can. This service will be similar to the grocery pickups. You will schedule a pickup window when we call to let you know your holds are ready. You must pick up your holds in that window or they will have to be rescheduled. Holds fulfillment  will be limited to 5 items per household per day, and we cannot guarantee daily holds fulfillment. This service will be available Monday-Friday during set hours.

 

What this means:

  • There will be NO HOLDS PICKUP on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week
  • Holds delivery will resume on a limited scale via the locker system beginning Thursday
  • After today, you will no longer be able to drive to the library and call us to let us know you are here for holds (this includes seeds)
  • We are not recirculating materials at this time – we are only filling holds from items currently on the shelves. This gives us greater opportunity to quarantine materials.
  • Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) is on indefinite hold – most of the libraries we borrow from are closed at this point
  • Beginning THURSDAY, you will need to use the last seven digits of your library card or phone number to get your holds from the locker (LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS TO COME)
  • The system is easy to use – type in your card or phone number and your locker door will pop open.

 

We are working on other ways to make materials (including seeds) available to people in ways that avoid person-to-person contact, so keep checking back for more announcements.

 

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library

March 19th, 2020

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During this unprecedented time of closure, the staff of the Madison County Public Library will continue working to provide as much service as we are able while minimizing person-to-person contact. Each day, we’ll highlight one of those services. Today’s focus is Digital Access. There are literally thousands of books, magazines, TV episodes, songs, and movies you can access free online with your MCPL card. Check out our Facebook page for short digital tutorials on using these resources. You can access these resources through the library website – www.madisonlibrary.org --  here’s how it works:

·         On our website, click “Stream & Download” which gives you a drop down menu of choices

·         Select the one you want to use and follow the directions on that page – there are FAQs and tutorials to help

·         You will need your library card number and PIN -- if you don’t have it, you can call either location (859) 623-6704 Richmond or (859) 986-7112 Berea

·         Or you can ask for help through our Ask a Librarian service -- https://www.madisonlibrary.org/research/ask-a-librarian

If you don’t have a library card, don’t despair! You can apply for one online: https://www.madisonlibrary.org/services/apply-for-library-card and once processed, we will contact you with the library card number and PIN.

 

Additional Resources

NOTE: The following resources are available for a limited time during the coronavirus shutdowns that are happening around the world.

You can gain access to Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Overdrive right away by applying for Kentucky Libraries Unbound Instant Digital Library Card.

Here’s how it works:

·         Click this link: https://kyunbound.overdrive.com/account/ozone/sign-in?forward=%2F&showIdcSignUp=false  

·         You will be asked to enter your cell phone number.

·         Once that is entered, Overdrive will text you  a verification code. 

·         Once you input the code, you are free to use KLU.

 Video tutorial here: https://resources.overdrive.com/library/apps-features/instant-digital-card/  

 

 

Also, many university presses are temporarily opening up their digital materials for general use:

 

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak. Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. Free access is available until the end of May 2020. https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks; existing Cambridge Core customers can request free access to a collection of reference works for libraries during the same period, including all of the Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements. Existing customers should contact their regular library sales representative to make a request.

 

Duke University Press

Duke University Press is providing 90 days of complimentary electronic access to course materials (which includes their Duke eBook Collection). Contact orders@dukeupress.edu for more information.

 

MIT Press

The MIT Press is offering libraries complimentary access to its catalog of eBooks on MIT Press Direct through the end of May 2020 to support faculty and students who are working and learning remotely. To receive free access to more than 2,770 MIT Press eBooks via MIT Press Direct, librarians may complete this webform: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCLefaplCjng_6lHQVRigNvzjZCPMKaRHQqPqdE9A5T0WkoA/viewform?usp=sf_link or reach out to Emily Farrell, Library Sales Executive, efarre@mit.edu

 

Ohio State University Press
For the duration of this crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank ( https://kb.osu.edu/ ).

 

University of Michigan Press

University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. Note they will be free-to-read, not to download, during this time. More information is here: https://blog.press.umich.edu/2020/03/ump-covid-19-free-access/

 

 

The university press community is also working diligently through third party aggregators as well:

 

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on their platform. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are:

·         Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals)

·         Ohio State University Press (all books and journals)

·         University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals)

·         University of North Carolina Press (all books)

·         Temple University Press (all books)

·         Vanderbilt University Press (selected books)

 

MUSE expects to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content on this webpage: https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library

March 17th, 2020

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During this unprecedented time of closure, the staff of the Madison County Public Library will continue working to provide as much service as we are able while minimizing person-to-person contact. Each day, we’ll highlight one of those services. Today’s focus is The Seed Library. Planting your garden is a great way to enjoy the fresh air. You can use it as a family educational activity (see the links below for activities). You will be growing your own fresh herbs and veggies, which will help with your food budget. And it’s free! 

 

Here’s how it works:

  • Review the seed varieties we currently have available on the list below
  • Choose up to 20 packets – you can choose 20 different ones or multiples of a particular thing
  • We also have some pre-selected assortments you can choose
  • You can email your order to Rmaslin@madisonlibrary.org or call it in
  • Library staff will package them for you
  • We’ll contact you when they are ready for pickup
  • Come to the library you have chosen for pickup and call us from the car
  • Berea Phone Number: 859-986-7112       Richmond Phone Number: 859-623-6704
  • A staff member will bring the seeds out to you in a small bag
  • This service is currently available Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, but it’s subject to change as conditions continue to evolve

 

Activity Links

https://kidsgardening.org/garden-activities/

https://www.parenting.com/activities/family-time/10-inspired-gardening-projects-kids/

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/kids-gardening-projects-pictures

 

The Madison County Extension Office also has some great online resources for everyone: https://madison.ca.uky.edu/content/horticulture

 

 

Seed Packets Currently Available (while supplies last)

Herbs

Anise

Cilantro, Slow Bolt

Common Chive

Common Sage

Dill, Long Island Mammoth

Garlic Chive

Parsley, Giant Dark Green Italian

Summer Savory

Thai Basil

 

Flowers

Sunfower, Sunspot Dwarf

Zinnia, Cupcake

Zinnia, Oriole

Sunflowe, Autumn Beauty

Zinnia, Candy Stripe

 

Vegetables and Misc.

Radish, Cherry Belle

Lettuce, Four Seasons

Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson

Bean, Roma 2 Bush

Beet, Ruby Queen

Pepper, Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax

Pepper, Sweet Banana

Tomato, Hillbilly

Kale, Ragged Jack

Lettuce, Tango

Radish, Easter egg

Tomato, Tiny Tim

Lettuce, European Mesclun Mix

Carrot, Little Fingers

Indiangrass

Broccoli, Calabrese Green Sprouting

 

Squash and Melons

Pumpkin, Small Sugar

Watermelon, Sugar Baby

 

 

Packaged Selections (available while supplies last)

Flower Bundle #1: Flowering Tobacco, Nasturtium, Sunspot Dwarf Sunflower

 

Flower Bundle #2: 3 different Zinnias, Autumn Beauty Sunflower

 

Early Spring Bundle #1: Ruby Queen Beet, Calabrese Green Sprouting Cabbage, Ragged Jack Kale, French Breakfast Radish

 

Early Spring Bundle #2: Dwarf Grey Sugar Peas, Cherry Belle Radish, European Mesclun Mix Lettuce, Little Finger Carrot

 

 

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library

March 16th, 2020

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During this unprecedented time of closure, the staff of the Madison County Public Library will continue working to provide as much service as we are able while minimizing person-to-person contact. Each day, we’ll highlight one of those services. Today’s focus is Curbside Holds Delivery. Here’s how it works:

· Place the items you want to check out on hold, either on the website or by phone

· We’ll contact you when they are ready for pickup

· Come to the library you have chosen for pickup and call us from the car

· Berea Phone Number: 859-986-7112       Richmond Phone Number: 859-623-6704

· A staff member will bring the items out to you

· This service is currently available Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, but it’s subject to change as conditions continue to evolve

 

In all of this, we are using stringent measures to minimize possible virus spread. So be aware that books you get will have been sprayed with Lysol (in case you have an intolerance to it). Our staff will wear gloves while bringing materials to your car, and we will use social distancing techniques, such as putting the books on a cart (which has also been sprayed) and pushing the cart up to your vehicle for you to remove them. Our goal is to try to keep materials flowing, while minimizing contact. Even while we work within the buildings, we are maintaining social distancing with each other. Stay safe and healthy out there!

 

Ruthie Maslin

Director

Madison County Public Library