It’s easy to stay indoors when you have an e-book to bury your nose.
Shelving orders across the country not only stops the economy, but also frozen civil infrastructure. Of course, water still flows from our taps, police and firefighters are still working, but your local library might not be considered an important service. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get out of this plague with a stack of good books on your side, they might be of the digital type.
Your first business order must be examined at the branch of your neighborhood library. Systems throughout the US have begun offering “second-line” services – from 24-hour free wifi and homeless services to emergency child care and food bank distribution – to help their communities through these difficult times.
What’s more, even if your local does not have physical books to borrow, many now offer a variety of online services to add to their closed locations. A recent study by the Public Library Association found that while 98 percent of the 2,500 system respondents did have to close their buildings to some extent, 76 percent continued, expanded or added online updates to books that had been borrowed while 74 percent build or expand their e-book collection and streaming media.
The San Francisco Public Library, for example, offers class overlays and online workshops, e-books and e-magazines, newspapers, music streaming, and virtual story time for smol. LA County closed its central branch and 72 satellites in response to COVID-19 but also offered music, films, books, magazines, distance learning resources, and workshops through its web portal. The Chicago public library system has also closed its branches but is offered to send ebooks directly to your Kindle for 1 to 3 weeks. You don’t even have to worry about “returning” them, they will automatically break away from the device after the loan window is closed. Public libraries from Boston and New York have followed suit.
If you are a student, be sure to visit your campus library to get a collection of ebooks and access to various distance learning and teaching applications for a while. University presses around the world, including MIT, Cambridge and Duke, offer free ebooks and course material during quarantine to their students and faculty. And if your school licenses content from Project MUSE, a multidisciplinary collection of e-books and online journals, you have pressed Motherlode. More than 80 publishers have signed on to make their content free during the outbreak.
“The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the global scientific ecosystem and its institutions. This step is how we help ease the burden on students and instructors so that they can continue their research and college assignments as smoothly as possible, and to respect the work of our authors in making their research available when the world most needs scholarships that are nuanced and hard, “Tony Sanfilippo, Press Director of the Ohio State University, said in a recent press release.
The beauty of online public libraries is, of course, that they are as free to use as their brick-and-mortar counterparts. If you want to buy a Kindle so as not to burden your eyes with screen hours, Amazon offers a Kindle base for $ 65, the Paperwhite for $ 95 and Oasis for $ 279 (all of which come with a free three-month Kindle Unlimited option, even if you have a Prime subscription , You already have access to it). What you really need is a library card, free smart phone applications like Hoopla and Libby, and compatible devices.
Most library systems don’t actually manage their own digital content offerings, they are very difficult. Instead the library will often pair with a digital streaming platform to effectively outsource curation content. Libby (formerly OverDrive), for example, specializes in electronic books and audio books, while Hoopla also includes a series of comics, music, and films. Users can access this content either through their local library portal or directly from the streaming platform itself.
The Local Library might be your first choice to find free books to read during quarantine but that is not your only choice. In late March, the Internet Archive launched the National Emergency Library, “a temporary collection of books supporting emergency distance teaching, research activities, independent scholarships, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries were closed,” the organization’s web site read. Reading levels vary from pre-K and kindergarten levels to high school and college t