Naperville Public Library continues to serve the community with digital resources and programs while buildings are closed

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS –April 9, 2020- Although the Naperville Public Library’s buildings are closed, we continue to serve the community in many ways.  

"Naperville Public Library has always been about more than just our three buildings,” said Executive Director Dave Della Terza. “Even though our physical collections and spaces need to remain closed due to the statewide stay-at-home-order, the library still has so much to offer digitally. I love that the community is utilizing the library's resources during this difficult time to entertain kids, learn something new, or de-stress with something fun." 

 

Download e-books, stream movies & more with our digital resources 

Naperville Public Library cardholders can access our digital resources from their home 24/7. Customers can download e-books and audiobooks, stream movies, TV & music, get homework help and do genealogical research, all for free.  

Some digital resources are offering special collections to help customers stay educated and entertained during the stay-at-home-order. Hoopla digital, an app you can download on your Roku, Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV, has created a collection of 1000 titles available to watch for unlimited use. Additionally, Ancestry has made its Library Edition available for use at-home until April 30. Customers can search thousands of public records, including Census and immigration data. 

Our website is also being updated with personal recommendations from our librarians on books, movies, TV shows and music that can be downloaded through our digital resources. Customers can also fill out personalized reading lists based on their interests and our staff will select titles for their taste. 

For Naperville residents who don’t have a library card, our Customer Services Department is continuing to issue digital library cards. To sign-up for a digital library card and receive instant access to the library’s digital resources, visit our website.  

Library programs going digital 

In the last week, library staff have started to create digital programs for customers to watch at-home. So far, we’ve created Storytimes for children, craft programs for adults, and a special STEAM-themed series on experiments kids can do with eggs. We continue to explore the possibilities of offering programs digitally, including utilizing ZOOM. New programs will continue to be posted each day on the library’s website and Facebook page.  

"We've seen large increases in the usage of all of our digital collections, and really positive feedback regarding our digital programming,” Della Terza said. “I know my daughter has really been enjoying listening to stories and singing songs during the storytime programs. 

3D Printed Facial Shields 

In collaboration with several community partners, our Digital Services team used the library’s 3D printer to create parts for healthcare workers to use as facial shields. On Monday, we delivered 70 of these parts to Edwards-Elmhurst hospital and they’ve already been distributed to healthcare workers to use.  

A healthcare worker at Edward-Elmhurst wearing the face shield.

A healthcare worker at Edward-Elmhurst wearing the face shield.

Thank you to everyone involved in this project, including: Chinmaya Mission of Chicago, Will Wong of Chasewood Learning Center, Will Wong’s Robotic Team, Mahesh Chandramouli, Dr Sangita Rangala of Edwards Hospital, Aurora Public Library and Kathy Prince 

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All Naperville Public Library buildings remain closed through Thursday, April 30. All in-person library programs have been cancelled through Friday, May 15.  

To stay up to date on library news, or to sign-up for a digital library card, visit www.naperville-lib.org 

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Naperville Public Library