One of the greatest things about the new Lyons Community Library is how the programs and meeting rooms and resources combine to serve as a central gathering place for the people of Lyons. Unfortunately, during this unprecedented public health emergency, the library is closed and will remain so at least until March 29. No books are available to borrow, and no books may be returned. If you have any books checked out, keep them to enjoy until the library is open again. They will renew automatically two times, and even if past due, there will be no fines.
This is a great opportunity to discover your library’s free extensive online resources. Do you know that there are thousands of books you can check out online? All you need is a library card. If for some reason you don’t have a card, one call to the library can set you up in only a few minutes. If you have any problems or need a card during the closure, the library staff will be available at 303-823-5165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don‘t get a person on the phone, leave a message, and someone will call you back.
There are two ways to download books and audiobooks–cloudLibrary, which is through AspenCat, and Overdrive. Overdrive lets you borrow thousands of books and many issues from 25 different magazine titles which can be read on a PC, tablet, smart phone, or Kindle. On cloudLibrary you can set up filters for the types of books or audiobooks in which you are interested–thrillers, kids books, science fiction, nearly anything you can think of. Using cloudLibrary is simple, but if you want to become a power user, click on About in the ribbon at the top and then on Library Support to find a series of videos about how to search for and read books online.
Being shut in at home may not be a great thing, but you can take advantage of this crazy time by reading some great books or reading some books to your kids. If you need access to WiFi, it is available on the porches around the library, although please maintain your social distancing. Soon, once again, our library will open its doors and welcome Lyons home, but in the interim it’s here for you virtually.
Bill Palmer is a trustee on the Lyons Community Library District Board and chairman of its Communications Committee. He has been a Lyons resident for 25 years.