What you need to know

Libraries go online!

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A message from you library

All five of our library branches closed their doors to the public from Monday, 16 March. Those of us who stayed onsite last week discovered how surreal our workplaces are without our patrons. It was very quiet – almost like an old-fashioned library!

Now that we’re all working from home we’ve been trying hard to establish ways to stay connected to our community during this time.

It has been a primary focus over the past week to start transitioning our regular children’s programs into a digital format. Yesterday we broadcast our first Toddler Time session as well as The Continuing Story on our facebook page. Both were incredibly well received and we’ve had wonderful feedback from some very thankful parents. We’ve locked in a regular schedule for these programs starting from Monday, 30 March.

Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30am
Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays at 10:30am
The Continuing Story: Wednesdays at 4pm
Pre-school Storytime: Fridays at 10:30am

There will also be some one-off themed sessions on Thursdays – for example, a special Classics & Fables Storytime. These will be announced via Facebook and Instagram so keep an eye out!

Meanwhile, we’re taking the opportunity to promote our many eResources, including eBook and eAudiobook platforms, newspaper and magazine access, streaming services, learning portals, children’s activities, and websites for local and family history. Whilst our physical collection may be unavailable at the moment, there are other ways we can provide access to information and resources. We hope that the community will use this time to explore some of the services we have hiding in plain sight.

We are working to move some of our adult programs and events online as well. This may include streaming author talks and workshops, as well as establishing online book clubs and other opportunities for engagement. We are also looking at ways to offer tech support remotely in the absence of our usual digital classes. We will of course keep the community updated as we go live with more online services and activities.

Please note that all items currently on loan have been automatically renewed. No overdue fines will apply during this period so hang on to your books and return them when we re-open. As always, non-members can register to join the library online. We are approving all new registrations as frequently as possible to allow access to online content without the need to come into a physical branch.

It’s our prerogative in these strange and uncertain times to support our community and maintain a presence in whatever ways we can. We know that many of our patrons have been missing their libraries. We’re missing them too!

Until next time, take care and stay safe.

Moonee Valley Libraries