April 16 2020

Burlington Public Library to Offer Online Programs for Everyone Stuck at Home


While everyone is stuck at home the Burlington Public Library is working to keep the entertainment and information coming. 


Library Director Michael Wick announced on Thursday that the Burlington Library will offer a series of online programs for patrons while the library is closed to the public as a precaution against COVID-19.


“When our library took steps to close to the public, our staff quickly mobilized to bring many of our services online, such as providing quality books, movies and music, as well as a way to obtain a library card by creating a Stay-At-Home Library,” he said “Bringing our much-loved programs online was the second step in this effort. Patrons can now enjoy the same quality events they attended in-person at the library while remaining in the comfort of their homes.”


The online program series calendar can be found on the Burlington Public Library website. On the calendar, patrons can browse events and choose to sign up and attend programs suitable for all ages. These programs include virtual book club discussions, author discussions and more.


The virtual programs will be hosted through Zoom links or the Burlington Public Library's Facebook page. Zoom links can be found in the description of the event on the calendar.


Patrons are encouraged to attend these virtual programs and share them with friends, family and neighbors.


Meet the Author of The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davies


The Burlington Public Library will virtually host author of The Lemonade War series Jacqueline Davies on Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. 


Patrons will have the opportunity to virtually meet Jacqueline Davies and partake in a question and answer session on the library's Facebook page at 11 a.m.


Stay-At-Home Library


The Burlington Public Library has created a stay-at-home library to make many of the library's resources available to members from their homes. Patrons can now access resources like ebooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, music and graphic novels via OverDrive and Hoopla.


Additional resources, like access to the Boston Globe, Ancestry.com, Rocket Languages and more are also available online. To see a full list of offerings, click here.


Register for a Card Online


The library's online resources are free for members, and those who aren't already members can register for a library card online. Burlington residents can fill out a form, which is located midway down this page, and submit it online.


Virtual Storytimes


The library is hosting virtual storytimes via Facebook Live each week on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Frequently Asked Questions


The library has received a number of questions from residents. Here are some of the most frequently asked and the corresponding answers: 


Is the library open? 

No, the library is currently closed to the public for the indefinite future.


What about my library materials? 

The BPL has extended due dates, expiration dates for holds, and expiration dates for library cards so that accounts will not be impacted by the closure.


Can I return my library materials now? 

While book drops are open, patrons are asked not to return materials unless they absolutely have to. There will be no penalties for late returns, and residents are asked to adhere to the social distancing protocols recommended by public health officials


Can I speak to a librarian? 

Library staff are checking voicemail periodically, but it's easiest for patrons to email a librarian. Our Reference (ref@burlingtonpl.org), Young Adult (nmonk@burlingtonpl.org) Children's (ahoguelavallee@burlingtonpl.org), and Administrative (mwick@burlington.org) departments are all available by email.


Finally, we miss the library, when will it reopen? 

Believe us, patrons are the greatest part of being a librarian and we miss you too! We don't have a date for reopening yet, but it will be communicated once it's decided.


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