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The Brookfield Library

April 2020

Letter from the Director

Dear Patrons,
 
Everyone here on the staff at The Brookfield Library misses our patrons! 
We sincerely hope that you are all safe and well. 
 
We know that many people are facing trying times now.  Since we, as a staff, are hard-wired to serve the public, it is extremely difficult for us to have the library temporarily closed and to not be able to operate as a place of refuge for you all.  But, we are acting on the strong guidance from medical professionals and the rulings of state and town officials who all say that it’s the most responsible thing we can do to prevent more spread of the disease.
 
So, that leaves us pivoting to a different way in which to offer our services.  In this newsletter issue, you will see how our entire staff has been working diligently to provide web-based resources on everything from literacy-based programs for remote learning  - such as virtual story times and virtual field trips, to getting a library card in minutes online.  Check out our new Adult Resources tab on our website where we have consolidated and vetted links to everything you need to know right now, including information on physical and mental health, free online courses, virtual museum tours and even some games!  Our staff is producing videos for our patrons on everything from book recommendations for teens to how to make homemade dog treats from items in your pantry.
 
We will have many updates in the coming days and weeks on our web-based services so I encourage you to check our website and social media frequently as we are adding items often. 
 
On behalf of the entire library staff, please be safe and we wish you good health. 

Sincerely,
Yvonne Cech
Library Director

203-775-3700
 Town Services Information Line
for Brookfield residents

Children's Services

We are sad that our storytimes and other events for the month of April have been cancelled, but we are hopeful that we will be able to see you soon. Children's Librarians Debbie Brooks and Meg Gill are busy updating our website and Facebook page for digital resources to help while you are stuck at home. We have suggestions for Virtual Storytimes, as well as STEAM and STEM activities to do at home, plus Virtual Field Trips to some nearby (and some not-so-nearby!) museums and attractions. Be sure to check back frequently, as the pages will be updated weekly, or as new content becomes available.

Here is a great way to hear classic and beloved stories read aloud online. Award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Includes activity guides with lessons for K-5 students.

Adult Services
Missing books?
We are adding numerous resources to our website for eBooks and eAudiobooks constantly.  Publishers are relaxing restrictions and authors are giving permission for all kinds of uses of their books.  If you haven’t tried Overdrive, Hoopla or RBDigital yet, now is the time!  All of these digital tools can be accessed either through the library website under the Downloadable Media tab or through installing the individual apps on your phone or tablet with the Apple or Google Play Stores. Not sure how to maneuver the digital options?  We have videos on our website with tutorials for each service. If you need further assistance, contact Paige Marie Gallagher pgallagher@brookfieldlibrary.org  or Elizabeth Oedel eoedel@brookfieldlibrary.org in our Adult Services department. 

Need credible information right now?
We have been working around the clock to put together a collection of web-based information services, including educational, entertainment and health-related material.  Look for these by clicking on Adult Resources on the homepage of our website. 

Need to get or renew a library card?
The library would also like to remind everyone that you can apply for a library card even though the building is closed to the public.  This is an ideal time to take advantage of this opportunity and have access to many valuable resources.
 
Book Clubs will now meet on Facebook!
Starting this week both the Brookfield Reads and the Book 'Em book clubs will be taking place online using Facebook! To access the group one simply has to join the Facebook groups named "Brookfield Reads Book Club", "Book 'Em Book Club" or both! From there you'll be able to answer prompts and join discussions with your peers on the March books!
 
 

Just for Teens

Teens can find a round-up of web resources on our website here: https://www.brookfieldlibrary.org/teen-resources/. There you can find a ton of Young Adult authors who are doing virtual events, and some other entertaining things to do online. We are updating the page as we find new things to add, so make sure to keep checking in.

Abbey would like to hold virtual meetings of some of our regular programs, but she wants to make sure they’ll work for you! If you are a teen (grades 6-12) and you’re interested in attending a virtual library program (Board of Library Teens, Book Clubs, Inkling Writers Group, etc) please fill out this form.  https://forms.gle/qmYPu3CvtcWLzzc69

Abbey would also like to send out regular teen book recommendations via the library email list. At the bottom of this email you can update your preferences in mailchimp to make sure you are on the “Programs for Teens” list to receive those updates.


We are now offering temporary access to the library's Ancestry.com subscription at home.  
This service is available to Brookfield Library cardholders only.

 
Rescheduled to September 2020
Passport to Connecticut Libraries
This initiative of the Public Libraries Section of the Connecticut Library Association highlights National Library Week. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries program has been rescheduled to September this year.  At that time, you can pick up a passport at the library and bring it to participating libraries throughout the state to get stamped. For visiting at least five libraries, you will earn a raffle ticket and be entered to win a $150 Visa gift card (one drawing for adults and one for children). There will be a separate raffle for those who have visited the most libraries, and one adult and one child will win in this category, for a total of four winners.
Want to know how you can help during this crisis?

The Danbury Hackerspace is already in contact with Danbury Hospital and is making face shields and intubation shields.  Anyone with a 3D printer that is interested in helping, please email danburyhackerspace@gmail.com.



For people who sew …


Below are links for requests directly from hospitals in our area for instructions on making face masks:
A final note ...

In this time of social distancing, when many may be feeling isolated, please take a minute to check in on your neighbors (especially if they are elderly) with a quick call or "hello" from a safe distance of at least six feet at their doors.

Stay safe and well!

 
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