Local library offers free WIFI, online storytime and more

(Dover, Ohio) – The Dover Public Library has announced an update in regards to its services to the community.

Although the physical building closed, the library is still providing many free services for the community:
  • Free WIFI: Members of the community are encouraged to visit the library grounds, to sit in their cars, or on one of the many benches around the library. The WIFI signal will be enhanced in the coming days.
  • eLibrary: Members of the community are encouraged to use their library cards to utilize the library’s digital collection, which includes eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, databases and more. If someone does not have a Dover Public Library card, they can easily sign up for an eCard, which provides access to digital materials. The library’s various digital platforms, include: Hoopla, The Ohio Digital Library, Axis 360 and more. For more information, go to:  http://www.doverlibrary.org/elibrary/
  • Online Storytimes & Programming: The library will continue serving the community with its Storytime series through social media. Jen Gardner, Children’s Department Manager, will record and post several storytimes for children each week. Members of the community can access these storytimes at:  https://www.facebook.com/doverpubliclibrary/.
  • Little Free Library: The Dover Public Library is utilizing its Little Free Library, located on the 6th Street side of the building, to house the daily newspapers. Members of the community are invited to read the papers on library grounds and to return them when finished for the next person.
  • Book Clubs: This is a great time for people to catch up on their reading. The Dover Public Library offers many different book clubs, including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten http://www.doverlibrary.org/departments/kids/1000-books-before-kindergarten/ and The 100 Book Club  http://www.doverlibrary.org/departments/adult-programs/book-clubs/100-book-club/. Although in person book discussion groups are postponed, these reading initiatives are fun ways to keep you and your family’s reading goals on target.
  • eNotes: Each week the Dover Public Library sends out an e-newsletter to subscribers. Each edition includes the latest of what is happening at the library, including updates on services, programs, news and initiatives. To sign up for eNotes, go to:  http://www.doverlibrary.org/departments/
  • Databases: With your library card, patrons can access a variety of free databases from the convenience of their homes. These include: Lynda.com: Free online courses on software development, marketing, business, and more. Ancestry.com: The world’s most popular online genealogy database. Chilton Library: Just like the car repair books you are used to, but now digital!
  • StoryWalk: The library is encouraging the public to visit our StoryWalk around the pond at the Dover City Park:  http://www.doverlibrary.org/departments/kids/storywalk/. StoryWalk is a great way for families to get fresh air and to exercise their minds and their bodies.
“The Dover Public Library is more than just the brick and mortar of our location on North Wooster Street,” says Jim Gill, library director. “The library is a living, breathing thing and we adapt to meet the needs of the community. Right now it is unfortunate that our physical library closed. However, we are excited about the online and virtual services our library can offery. I also want to encourage the public to keep the materials they have checked out until we reopen. No patrons will incur overdue fines during the time the  library is closed. If anyone is having difficulty using their library card to utilize our library’s eLibrary, they can email me at director@doverlibrary.org. Everyone will have access to our eLibrary, with no exceptions.”
For more information, please go to www.doverlibrary.org.

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