Library Update COVID-19

Dear Cardholders,

On March 11, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings larger than 100 people, and announced that all schools in Ohio will close for three weeks beginning March 16, in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In response, the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Board of Trustees has made the decision to cancel all library programs and events for March 13, 14, and 15 and to close the library beginning March 16.

The library will be closed Monday, March 16 - Sunday, April 5 in accordance with the closing of all Ohio schools.

If you have items checked out, please hold on to and enjoy them until the library reopens. Late fees on items will be waived March 16 - April 5, including SearchOhio. We also encourage you to explore the library's digital offerings.

We appreciate everyone's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus to vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors in our community. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Please check our website and social media for further updates.

Sincerely,
The Staff of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

 


SMFPL Updates

 

3/17/2020: The checkout limit for hoopla has been increased from 10 items per month to 15 items per month.

3/18/2020: The Peeps Diorama Contest will be a virtual contest this year. Click for rules and how to submit your entry.

3/19/2020: Many organizations and creators are offering learning resources while schools are closed. Click for a growing list of links to these sites.

3/19/2020: Ancestry Library Edition, usually only available at the library, will be available remotely to all Ohio library cardholders through April, courtesy of Proquest and its partner Ancestry. Access to Ancestry Library Edition is provided by Libraries Connect Ohio. Go to ohioweblibrary.org/db/ancestry and enter your Ohio public library card number.

3/23/2020: Educational publisher Bookstaves is providing free access to their entire eBook library through May 31, 2020. Go to https://www.12storylibrary.com/for-educators/purchasing-information/ to browse their collection.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why is the library closing?

The library will be closed until April 6 because of coronavirus concerns as a precautionary measure to the outbreak.  Patrons will be able to checkout digital books, movies, and other material through our online offerings.  The library‚Äôs Board of Trustees made the decision because the high foot-traffic of approximately 650 people per day poses unique risks in a pandemic situation. 

 

Will the drive-up window be open March 16 - April 5?

No, the drive-up window will be closed during this time.

 

Can I return items in the book drop?

Yes, you can return books, CDs, and DVDs in the book drop. Please do not insert musical instruments, hotspots, Playaway Launchpads, board games, kits, and other fragile items.

* Update * Please hold on to your items until the library reopens.

 

What if I have an item from the Eclectic Collection or an electronic device checked out, and it is due between March 16 and April 5?

Please hold on to the item and return it after April 5. Late fees will be waived March 16 - April 5.

 

I have a wi-fi hotspot checked out. Will it remain active while the library is closed?

Yes. As a courtesy, the library will wait until we reopen to disable internet access on wi-fi hotspots.

 

Do I HAVE to return my items if they're due while the library is closed?

While the library is closed, you do not need to return items that are checked out. Enjoy them for a while!

 

Will late fees accrue on items between March 16 and April 5?

Late fees will be waived on all items March 16 - April 5.

 

What about late fees on SearchOhio items?

Late fees will also be waived for SearchOhio items March 16 - April 5.

 

What will happen to the SearchOhio items I have on order?

After March 13, the library will not receive deliveries from SearchOhio. Deliveries will resume on April 6.

 

I reserved an item online. What will happen next?

The item will be set aside for you and may be picked up when we reopen.

 

Can I still access eBooks and library streaming services?

Of course! We invite all cardholders to explore the library's digital offerings. All you need is your library card and PIN. By default, your PIN is the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account. 

Acorn TV - Stream popular British TV shows, both classic and current.

Flipster Magazines - Read magazines online.

Freegal - Download or stream free music.

hoopla - Check out movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics instantly with no waitlist.

Kanopy - Watch more than 30,000 of the world's best films, award-winning documentaries, indie and classic films.

Ohio Digital Library - Check out eBooks, audiobooks, and movies. See what's immediately available, or join the waitlist for popular titles. Powered by Overdrive.

 

What other services are available with my library card?

Research your family history at Ancestry Library Edition. Usually only available at the library, home access will be provided through April courtesy of Proquest and its partner Ancestry.

Read the New York Times without hitting the paywall 

To access from home:

Use this link to redeem 72 hours of use 
Thereafter visit www.nytimes.com and login 
After the 72 hours of use just revisit the link to redeem another 72 hours

Learn in-demand skills with Lynda.com

Learn a new language with Transparent Language Online

Research a future purchase with Consumer Reports

Get crafting ideas from Creativebug

Explore all of the library's databases and other online tools

 

My card was blocked because of overdue fines. What can I do?

We have lifted all fine blocks, so people will not be prevented from checking out eBooks and other digital media.

 

I'm having trouble accessing one of the library's digital services. Where can I get help?

Click here to email our Information Services staff. They are monitoring email, but please note that they may not be able to respond immediately. Please describe the issue you are having as best as you can, and include your full name and card number. 

 

Is the library accepting book donations?

Book Donation Day is canceled for April 4. The library can not accept book donations while it is closed.

 

What is the library doing to clean and disinfect the building and materials?

We are taking this time to clean the library and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces. Items that are returned are being disinfected as much as possible.

 

What about Spike the turtle and the fish?

Spike and the fish are being fed every day. Spike is also getting plenty of exercise by walking around the Children's Department. She's excited to see her friends again when the library reopens.

 

How can I keep in touch?

Library staff will be posting updates and tips in the following places:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube - Watch Story Time at Home

Library website (this page)

Need help accessing digital materials? Click here to email our Information Services staff. They are monitoring email, but please note that they may not be able to respond immediately. Please describe the issue you are having as best as you can, and include your full name and card number.