Thank you to everyone for your patience during this challenging time. Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving guidance from various governing authorities regarding the restoration of library services. Although staff have had a very productive few weeks working from home, attending webinars, and exploring our databases, we are all looking forward to resuming traditional library services. Like many other industries, we plan on phasing in our services to the public, with the health and safety of our staff and patrons receiving careful consideration for each stage.
During the library’s first stage, beginning May 26, staff will be working in staggered shifts, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to maintain physical distancing within the building. The library building will not be open to the public. However, we hope offer “curbside” pick up service and resume our outreach delivery service beginning June 1.
Patrons will be able to call the library at 596-6141 or email email@example.com to request materials. Patrons will be given a time frame in which they may drive to the side of the library building next to the library’s book drop. At that point, the patron will need to call the library from the car to alert staff that he or she has arrived. Staff will then place the bag of checked out materials on top of the book drop, and when staff have returned to the building, the patron will be able to collect the bag of materials.
Staff and volunteers will also be resuming our outreach delivery service, available to any homebound resident, or person or family who is unable to make use of curbside service for health reasons. Materials will need to be delivered in a manner that will avoid physical contact between the driver and the patron.
Although the public will not be able to access the library building, our WiFi will be available in the library’s parking lot.
The library will continue to offer a variety of programs virtually to the public through our website and social media pages. The Summer Reading Program will be offered for all ages with the Beanstack Tracker App that can be downloaded for both iOS and Android devices.
We anticipate this stage lasting several weeks. At some point during this stage, the C/W MARS network and the Massachusetts Library System may resume inter-library loan delivery. The board of trustees will also be monitoring usage and staffing needs and will determine when evening and weekend hours may be restored.
In the next stage, the library will begin to allow a limited number of people into the building for pick up and drop off only. In order to minimize physical contact with staff, patrons will be encouraged to download the meeScan app to be able to check out their materials themselves using their smartphone. Two other self-check kiosks will also be available. The timeframe for the second stage will be determined by the board of trustees, with consideration of the evolving public health situation.
Thank you again for your patience and your cooperation as we begin to restore our traditional library services. Although it may take several months before we are able to “get back to normal”, we look forward to serving you during all the upcoming stages and will announce any changes or additions to our services through our website, social media, and our community newspapers.
-- The Book Drop and Media Drop will be available beginning May 26th.
All materials returned will be quarantined for a period of time before being checked in.
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Your Library, Online
Entertainment & Learning
KANOPY: Documentaries. Includes art house classic films from The Criterion Collection. App available for AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV.
HOOPLA: Movies, documentaries, TV series, and a special kids collection. Patrons may check out 7 titles per month. App available for AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, and FireTV.
QELLO:Concerts and music documentaries in every genre. Through RBDigital.
OVERDRIVE:Shows, movies, andmore. Depending on your device, videos will play either in the OverDrive app (on Android, iOS, and Fire devices) or in your browser.
THE GREAT COURSES: Hundreds of courses available to stream on your PC through RBDigital.
ACORN TV: Best of British TV and film, through RBDigital service. App available for AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast and FireTV.
LEARN IT LIVE: Live webinars and on-demand seminars in wellness and personal growth, through RBDigital.
eBooks & Audiobooks
LIBBY OR OVERDRIVE: Libby is the newest way to access digital content from OverDrive, with collections from C/W MARS as well as the other eight networks n the Commonwealth. The OverDrive collection is the only collection of e-books available for the Kindle eInk readers. Audiobooks available on either app.
HOOPLA: Hoopla's e-books contain a huge collection of comics. Wilbraham patrons may check out up to seven items per month. No waiting lists for e-books or audiobooks.
FREADING: Although not the latest bestsellers, this collection of -books has plenty to choose from in popular genres - like mysteries and romance - and there are never any waiting lists.
BIBLIOBOARD: Access a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction e-books for all ages with no waiting lists. Highlights include special collections of Massachusetts writers.
How-To Videos on YouTube
Wilbraham Public Library now has its own YouTube channel. We are fast populating it with videos showing you how to access the digital riches that are yours to use - free - with your library account. To date, Assistant Director Mary Bell has created several 4- to 5-minute videos on:
Using HeritageQuest from Home
Creating Lists in Your Library Account
Accessing The Great Courses.
Using Financial Ratings Series
Using Consumer Reports
More coming soon.
Coronavirus Resource Page
Find all the latest library closure updates on our Coronavirus Resource Page. The page also has links to the latest news from authoritative local, state, national and world resources, including news from government, scientific, medical and media outlets. We also have a list of Wilbraham restaurants doing takeout.