FREMONT, Calif., April 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Alameda County Library recognizes that many families are sheltering in place at home to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. In response to the changing needs of its communities, the library is launching a Stay Safe, Kind & Connected campaign to highlight the vast array of digital content and online resources families can access 24/7 with a library card from the comfort of their homes.
"We want to support everyone doing their part to stay safe while also connecting our communities with free educational content they can access online, especially at a time when families are looking for ways to keep children engaged in learning at home, said Cindy Chadwick, County Librarian."
The library provides access to more than 100 online resources through its eLibrary. To expand services, it is providing live online chat service, personalized reading recommendations for digital collections, blogs by staff, and quick start guide tutorials on how to use online resources. Anyone with an Alameda County Library card can access the library's online resources. For those without library cards, they can apply online for an eCard to get instant access.
Online Resources support a variety of curiosity and entertainment needs, from learning a new hobby or skill, finding a good eBook or eAudiobook, and enjoying movies or music.
Book Match provides library members with personalized reading recommendations from the library's digital collections. Library members fill out a short questionnaire and librarians create customized reading lists for them.
Blogs by Staff offer tips and resources for learning at home and highlight the unique features and benefits of using online resources.
Live Chat is a new service that library members can use for reference questions, research help, assistance with online resources, and more. To use live chat, library members type their question into the AC Library Live Chat box on the Ask Us page. Chat service is available from 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday.
Quick Start Guides are easy to follow tutorials to help library members navigate the library's vast array of online resources.
In accordance with the Shelter in Place Order issued by Alameda County, the library will remain closed through its end on May 3rd. For updates please visit the library's website. You can access the library's digital resources 24/7 with a library card.
Alicia Reyes, Public Information Specialist
[email protected], 510-745-1544
SOURCE Alameda County Library