The King County Library System (KCLS) invites community members to find the library at their place by visiting kcls.org to access virtual services and resources. While the library’s physical spaces may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, residents can discover eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and TV, student resources, virtual story times and book clubs, and much more—all from home.
In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community’s needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people’s lives. KCLS has made some of their most popular in-person programs accessible online, and added a few new ones. They have also expanded digital collections and online resources for students, adults, children, teens and older adults, so patrons of all ages can continue learn, build skills, and stay entertained and informed.
KCLS’ information helpline, Ask KCLS, also continues to provide assistance to all community members during the closure, even to those who may not have computer or Internet access. Ask KCLS staff members can be reached by phone, at 425.462.9600 or 800.462.9600, to answer questions and direct residents to helpful resources and information.
“KCLS is working hard to find new ways to serve our communities while our buildings are closed,” states KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “From Ask KCLS staff who are assisting patrons by phone, chat and email, to librarians who are creating new online programming, to staff members working behind the scenes to support their efforts, I thank everyone for rising to the challenge during this unprecedented time.”
April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.
The original theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic that would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to “Find the library at your place” to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance endorsed by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.