Libraries offer online resources, curbside service during pandemic

Libraries in the U.S. 280 area have closed, canceled planned events and made other changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chelsea Public Library staff is doing what they can to offer resources to residents even though the building is closed to the public.

“We are still working for you. Our doors may be locked, but we will bring your items to your car,” read a message from the library. “Just call us at (205) 847-5750 to let us know you are here. Just a reminder that you have free access to our WiFi in our parking lot if you need it.”

Patrons are encouraged to visit the library’s online catalog, which can be accessed at CityofChelsea.com/225/Library-Home by clicking “Library Catalog,” and place a hold on any desired book, or call the library at the number listed above.

The library also offers e-resources and vendor information for free access to books and videos.

Meanwhile, all programming scheduled for the North Shelby and Mt Laurel libraries has been canceled through April.

May programming will not be announced until it is known whether it can be offered.

“The libraries are currently closed until further notice, and we will send an update when we know more about our reopening,” read a message from North Shelby Library Children’s Librarian Vaness Warner. “We are checking emails and phone messages daily, and we can provide assistance through those means for people who need to reach North Shelby Library and Mt Laurel Library.”

Patrons can visit NorthShelbyLibrary.org or MtLaurelLibrary.org for appropriate contact information, eResources and links to other online resources that may be of interest.

The libraries’ Facebook pages are another way for people to stay in contact.

“We are working on offering digital programming as well,” Warner said. “Currently, we have a digital storytime, Puppet Tales, that posts to our Facebook page on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. People can go back and watch the videos if they miss them. We can send updates on other digital programming as well when they are developed.