Submitted by the Lopez Island Library
As a public gathering space and a materials and information exchange hub, the Lopez Island Library has temporarily closed its doors, in order to contribute to the essential efforts of reducing the threat of the Coronavirus in our community. However, while the doors may be locked, the Library will continue to serve as a center for information, education and entertainment in the virtual realm. As such, the Lopez Library would like to encourage a sense of connection and shared experiences, despite our physical distance from each other. During this time of ‘being alone together,’ we invite the Lopez community to document their experiences of quarantining and social distancing, and share those stories with us. Write to us, or send us a picture, that responds to this question: “What’s it like in your house?” We will post your stories on our website, www.lopezlibrary.org. Responses can come in any media: short-stories, journal entries, pictures, photographs, graphic novels, artwork that your children have made, recipes of meals you’ve cooked, etc. Posts can be anonymous, or names can be included. To submit a contribution, email your experience to email@example.com.
Also, please remember: just because our doors are closed does not mean you have nothing to read or listen to! There are a number of ways to access materials and information using digital devices and an internet connection. An extensive collection of e-resources are always available to all library cardholders, accessible via http://www.lopezlibrary.org/. Our online resources are growing, given that publishing companies and cultural organizations are doing their best to remain relevant during this time. Additional e-books and audiobooks, for audiences of all ages, are available on our website, as well as an abundant assortment of free online resources and content compiled by Library staff to help our patrons stay informed and entertained at home. The Library recently added an entire catalog of arts and crafts tutorials through the online platform CreativeBug, which is accessible through the library’s website (lopezlibrary.org), and has thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists, intended for makers ages 5 and up. Staff members are still answering the phone and responding to emails, so reach out if you need assistance accessing these online resources. Please call 360-468-2265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and a staff member will help you. Residents who do not have library cards yet can sign up for e-access only cards over the phone!
During these unprecedented times the Library staff is continuing to keep our institution’s mission in mind: “the people of Lopez Island created the Lopez Library to provide resources and services for the enrichment of their cultural and recreational lives, and to provide information needed for daily living and decision-making.” We are striving to continue delivering on this mission in the best way that we can, given the limitations. And we are sending all our warmest wishes for health, comfort, friendship and a good book. We look forward to sharing your stories and staying connected!