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Dear Library Community,

First of all, we miss you! It's been a difficult few weeks for everyone, and all of us staff would much prefer to be at the library, helping you check out books and movies, rather than being at home. But we know it's important to protect the most vulnerable members of our population, as well as people who work in essential jobs that have to stay open. One of the best ways we can help is by everyone staying home as much as possible.

During this time, we are doing our best to stay engaged with you through social media and our website. If you haven't already, follow our accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We also have a new YouTube channel! (see links below)

We've compiled lists of fun and interesting things to do at home: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/at-home-resources. You can also find the latest resources and news from trusted sources on our COVID-19 information page: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/covid19.

We are automatically renewing checked-out items and expiring library cards, so please don't worry about returning things. The outside book drop is closed.

If you're looking for public wifi, ours is still on. You're welcome to bring your device and work in our parking lot, as long as you remain in your vehicle and/or maintain appropriate social distance from others.

If you need assistance, we are regularly checking email at ref@siuslawlibrary.org, and checking messages at 541-997-3132. We'll get back to you as soon as we can!

Please take care of each other and stay safe. We'll see you again soon!
Local Response: The library is participating in the Western Lane Emergency Operations Group (WLEOG) to help with local response to COVID-19. Currently WLEOG is collecting personal protective equipment (PPE), including new masks and gloves, at the city's public works department, 2675 Kingwood Street, Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 2 PM. See city website for more information.

Make Your Own Masks: Do you sew? Want an easy way to help out? Make some face masks for donation. Here's a pattern from PeaceHealth, although you can use a different pattern of your choice.

Stay Connected: Siuslaw Vision has put together a page of resources and ways to help the community. There's also a list of virtual meeting resources to help you connect with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Stay Informed: We are regularly updating the library's resource page with the latest news, information, and recommendations from trusted sources about COVID-19. Check it out: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/covid19.

You can also subscribe to Oregon Health Authority's daily email update.
We are modifying this year's Siuslaw Reading Challenge, due to the closure. You only have to get 10 punches on your entry card for the year (not all 12), and you can decide which months to skip. See the full details and list of themes on our website: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/reading-challenge.

April's theme is: poetry. We have lots of poetry titles to check out in our digital collection: https://library2go.overdrive.com/. Just do a search for "poetry" and you'll find options for all ages.

Happy reading!
Online Learning
Did you know you have free access to databases with your library card? Everything from auto repair to world recipes is at your fingertips, as well as magazine articles, crafts and hobbies, book club resources, and more! Get started here: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/online-magazines-more. You'll need to log in with your barcode and PIN, then select "databases" from the menu, and choose whichever one you'd like to explore.
KIDS' CALENDAR
Virtual Storytime

Tuesdays & Fridays
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Miss Gayle on the library's Facebook Live for songs and stories. Learn how to turn on notifications for FB Live.
eBooks & eAudio
We know you're missing library books, but did you know you have access to thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks with your library card? Check out the collection.

If you're new to e-reading, take a look at this short video that'll show you how to get started using our digital collection.
 
Need Tech Help? Book a Librarian
Have questions about downloading ebooks, video chatting with family, or setting up your laptop? We're offering a new service: you can request a 30-minute appointment with one of our librarians. Fill out the contact form on our website and we'll get back to you shortly to schedule an appointment!
 
Kevin Mittge is working on a new Best Books video series. If you missed his presentation in February, or just want some good reading recommendations, check it out on our YouTube channel.

You can also get the complete list of 2019 Best Books on our website: https://www.siuslawlibrary.info/at-home-resources. (We've even marked the ones that are available through our digital library collection, so you can start reading right away!)
 
Tax Information
Questions about preparing your taxes? Most federal and state tax deadlines for filing and payment have been extended to July 15, 2020. Get the latest updates and forms by clicking the links below.

Federal taxes (IRS)
State of Oregon taxes (OR Department of Revenue)

For the latest news and information, visit www.siuslawlibrary.org.
 
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