During the height of Covid, when all non-essential businesses were mandated to shut down, we increased our online presence with our patrons via social media. This included videos, live author chats, crafts and reader’s advisory services. Sometimes we just shared quotes, funny photos or brain teasers to engage with our community.
1,782 Facebook Posts – 4, 532 Likes, Comments & Shares Online
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
We planned and implemented a 6 week Summer Reading Program. We collaborated with other libraries, especially Hawn Memorial Library and Depauville Free Library to create online story times, virtual craft activities, LEGO challenges, writing prompts and more! This was for children, teens and adults!
52 Online Sessions – 604 Attended
CURBSIDE PICK UP
Once we were allowed back in our building, we started Curbside Pick Up. Patrons can place items on hold and we bag them up and put them in the entryway for them to pick up.
1,540 Patrons Served – 7,826 Physical Items Were Checked Out
GRAB AND GO ACTIVITY BAGS
We create bags filled with crafts, activities, cooking challenges and more. Each bag has a theme and could be for a specific holiday, season or just something fun like trains or hot air balloons. We also include book recommendations and challenges! This has been done for pre-K, K-5, teens and adults!
10 Different Themes – 135 Participants
E-BOOKS & E-AUDIOBOOKS
The library has been offering e-books and e-audiobooks that patrons can download and enjoy on their own devices at home for quite some time. However, since the beginning of Covid, we have increased our budget for those services since the demand is now much higher.
8,022 Electronic Materials Were Checked Out
CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS
The library uses Facebook to host trivia challenges and prize giveaways for books and other fun items. It is completely free for patrons and community members. We have done them for children, teens and adults. We have received great feedback about these fun giveaways. People appreciate being able to win books to add to their home collection.
10 Giveaways Hosted – 45 Prizes Given Out
IN PERSON LIBRARY VISITS AND FREE WIFI 24/7
Patrons and community members can come to the library to browse, use the computers, make copies, and to fax and scan documents. WiFi is available in the building or outside. We installed a new door with a transaction window which allows library staff to assist patrons that do not feel comfortable coming inside the building.
1,621 WiFi Sessions – 105 Appointments – 14 Public Computer Visits – 23 Copy, Fax & Scan Transactions