Woodburn library makes adjustments during pandemic
A number of adjustments and some creativity have ensured that the Woodburn Public Library can continue to offer materials and services to its patrons during the pandemic.
That's not the case everywhere. Salem Public Library, the hub of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, halted curbside service back in November, noting on its website that "curbside services will resume as circumstances allow."
The CCRLS courier continues to operate, which significantly broadens the number of materials that can be shared through the network.
Curbside service currently is the main method for delivering traditional materials in Woodburn.
"Ideally, people can order items online, then drive up and pick them up curbside," said Woodburn Public Library Director John Hunter.
Hunter said the library has a phone number posted outside the Second Street entry. Patrons with holds available can drive up, call the number and a staff member will bring the materials out to their car.
One library activity missed most by patrons is browsing the shelves, but Hunter said library staff are offering an array of books by a certain author or topic that they can peruse in hopes of finding something of interest.
Hunter said the library also is expanding its electronic offerings, including Kanopy, which allows patrons to download an app for an Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire device. With the app, patrons have a number of independent movies, documentaries, art house films and other videos available for streaming, up to 10 per month.
"Kanopy is sort of the library system's Netflix," Hunter said.
Another electronic option is "Library2Go," where patrons can download ebooks, audiobooks and magazines using their library card number. There are some ebook and audiobook offerings that don't require a library card.
Hunter recommends that patrons and residents who don't currently have a library card visit the library's website at https://www.woodburn-or.gov/library to explore the options available or sign up for a temporary CCRLS library card online.
While efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 necessarily altered the traditional library experience, the adjustments ensure that many of those services, and some new ones, are available.
Woodburn Public Library
Woodburn Public Library has closed to the public temporarily due to the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in Marion County.
The library currently offer curbside pickup of books, DVDs and other library materials.
To pick up available requested materials:
• Arrive at the Second Street library entrance during pickup hours
noon-6:45 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.
• Call 503-982-5286 and provide your library card number
• Wait briefly for library staff to check out and hand your items to you at the door.
For help selecting books and other items:
Select and request items independently using the CCRLS Mobile application for iOS and Android or web catalog, then wait to be notified of availability.
Library staff are available to assist with requests for specific titles by phone: 503-982-5262.
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