While the Bucks County Free Library’s doors may be closed, there’s a great deal going on within the system’s seven branches.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has driven more and more people to online services and digital programming, library officials said they have seen dramatic increases in eCards, eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Among the expanded technology offerings is Help Desk 2.0, where the public can find remote support with computer problems and other tech-related issues. Skilled library staff is available to help, either by phone, or with remote software, according to a statement from the library. Worried about spyware or just want to figure out how to do something with a digital device? Schedule an appointment for assistance at buckslib.org/helpdesk
Looking for a WiFi connection? The library’s WiFi is still on and available with free access in branch parking lots and outside areas near the buildings. It is a public network, the library noted, while also reminding everyone to practice social distancing if using the parking lot areas. Check buckslib.org/you-can-access-our-wifi-in-our-branch-parking-lots
About 2,000 additional eBooks and eAudiobooks have been added to the library’s collection to meet the needs of the growing number of people staying at home, the library said. Use of all e-resources has grown, with a great interest in educational and genealogical resources being the most requested, according to a BCFL statement.
The new digital publication, Boredom Buster Bitez, was recently launched three times a week. It offers original content for elementary-age children, including activities, crafts, games and stories, carefully selected to promote literacy and fun. Download each issue at buckslib.org/boredombusters
Families can also download activity cards from the library’s two badge programs: Badge Squad (for kids 5-14) and Let’s Play School (for kids ages 3-5). When the library re-opens, kids can pick up a real cloth patch for each badge they earn.
To learn more about the library’s virtual resources, or reach someone, use the Contact form on the website at buckslib.org/contact-us
The library’s buildings may be closed, but there’s still plenty of resources available for all ages.