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Missing your library during coronavirus? How to access materials, services online

With in-person library locations closed until further notice, the King County Library System has expanded online resources for students, adults, children, teens and older adults, so patrons of all ages can continue to learn, build skills, stay entertained and remain mentally and physically active during this unprecedented time. (Also, don’t worry about library items that you have: Due dates and fines have been suspended.)

Lisa Rosenblum, executive director of King County Library System, says: “Amid stay-at-home mandates and closures of all kinds, including libraries, I want to reassure the public that the King County Library System is still very much ‘open for business’ — online.”

If you don’t have a KCLS library card, residents in the KCLS service area (in King County, outside the city of Seattle) can sign up instantly for a digital eCard to access the digital collection.

And for those who are seeking assistance but don’t have computer or Internet access, you can connect with a KCLS staff member by phone through Ask KCLS at 425-462-9600 or 800-462-9600. They are happy and ready to answer questions, or help gather any information you may need during these challenging times.

Here’s a rundown of offerings you can access:

 

Visit KCLS online

Audiobooks and eBooks
The wide selection is sure to have something for everyone.

Streaming TV and Movies:
KCLS’ range of streaming content will keep your family entertained and engaged while staying home. Whether you’re interested in literature, genealogy, learning a new language or staying fit, there is something for you. Use Kanopy to watch movies and TV shows. Use hoopla to stream health and fitness classes, including “Social-Distancing Yoga for Kids.”

Online Databases and More:
Build skills on a host of topics at Lynda.com, take a Microsoft Office software certification class or check out 425 Startup, popular program series for entrepreneurs. Stay up-to-date on current events with free, unlimited access to online newspapers such as The Seattle Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

 

Resources for students and parents

KCLS’ revamped K-12 web page provides links to a wide variety of educational support resources, tips and activities, from homework help through Tutor.com to STEM learning from Tumblemath.com.

 

Resources for small-business owners

KCLS’ Small Business web page links the business community to information and resources like business.wa.gov, which includes COVID-19 information and resources for Washington state businesses. They’re also offering virtual counseling with a SCORE mentor to help navigate COVID-19 impacts to small businesses. And, as always, you can get help filing taxes.

 

Programs, events

A lot of popular library programs, from story times to book clubs, to art workshops, have gone virtual. A full list of online programs and events can be found here.

 

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