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CURBSIDE PICKUP


Social Media Curbside Pickup

We will now be open for curbside pickup of materials currently in the library!

Available Wednesdays from 1-4pm. Call us at 294-2081 and a librarian will help you select books (maximum of 3 per person and 5 per family), check them out to your account, and leave them on the porch for you. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing…no more than one person on the porch at a time.

To look for books currently in the Willett Library:

  1. Go to OSLRI.org,
  2. Type the name of a book in the search bar at the top right,
  3. Click the title of the book (in blue) and it will show you all copies of the book in RI and their status. You will be looking for books at Willett Free and listed ‘available.’

Please be patient if you call and the phone is busy! There is only one line and limited staff during this time. Keep trying and eventually you will get through and someone will help you.

Please note that the building remains closed to the public at this time.


Here are some important library updates from Ocean State Libraries:

* Book Returns – Please do not use book drops at any public library. Hold on to your materials until it is safe to return them. YOU WILL NOT BE FINED.
* Due Dates – OSL has extended all due dates on current loans until July 1st.
* Fines – Libraries have agreed to waive fines from March 1 through the end of this public health crisis.
* Notices – Notices have been disabled/turned off.
* Holds – OSL has disabled the ability for patrons to place holds.
* Library Cards – OSL has extended the expiration dates for all patrons set to expire.

STAYING CONNECTED


Social Media Virtual Programming

If you haven’t tried virtual programming, now is the time to be adventurous and give it a try! It is a safe way to stay connected to our community. Simply email willettfree@gmail.com with the program you are interested in attending, and a link will be emailed back to you. You can click on the link on any computer, phone, or tablet with a camera to join.

You can also email for a tutorial, and Jennifer will set up an appointment to get you connected and comfortable with the technology.

See you online soon!


Social Media Scoop Book Group

NEW AND VIRTUAL!
Wednesday, June 10th at 2pm
email willettfree@gmail.com to join

Join us for a casual chat designed for book lovers. Bring one book and be prepared to tell the group a little bit about the plot (no spoilers!) and why you admire it. A great opportunity to stay connected as a community and discover a new book that might be your next great read!

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Social Media Scarlet Letter

NEW AND VIRTUAL!
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 from 3:30 – 5pm
email willettfree@gmail.com to join

Join discussion facilitator Ann Ferrante for this one-time virtual book discussion of The Scarlet Letter. There are ebook and audiobook versions of this title available in the Libby app or on Overdrive for you to access remotely with your library card.

This is an event to look forward to!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Ebook and Audiobook Update:

Our doors may be temporarily closed, but Willett Free Library is still here to serve you however we can. Our partners at Ocean State Libraries are working hard to ensure that everyone has access to ebooks and audiobooks during this time. Due to the conflicting information about how long the virus can live on paper, cardboard, and plastic, using your e-reader, phone, or tablet is safest right now. If you have a question about the Libby app or accessing digital materials, call and leave a message or email us…someone will call you back and talk you through the process.

Below is part of a press release issued by Ocean State Libraries. Read the full article at oslri.org:

AskRI [www.askri.org] provides free online resources for Rhode Islanders. Mango Languages has courses to learn over 70 languages, and 19 English as a Second Language courses. Learning Express includes free test preparation – for SATs, various graduate school entrance exams, professional certification, and citizenship (in English and Spanish).

New digital resources are on the way, too!  Stay tuned for news at oslri.org and AskRI.org about exciting new resources that will become available statewide soon.  Many individual public libraries are also working on new digital resources, too. Check your local library website to see what’s available today and what’s on the way!

To find online learning and enrichment resources from Ocean State Libraries and AskRI, visit https://olis-ri.libguides.com/online/home


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Social Media Take A Book

Free Books:

We will be leaving some donated books in plastic containers on the front porch. Patrons may stop by and take a new book to read.

Some requests:

  • Please practice social distancing. If another patron is on the porch, please wait at least six feet back for them to finish.
  • Please be aware that others have been handling the items and bins, and we are unsure how long the COVID-19 virus can live on paper and plastic. Use gloves if possible, and wash your hands before and after handling the materials for your own safety and that of all our patrons.
  • Be sure that the plastic covers are securely attached when you are finished.
  • DO NOT place any materials (returns or donations) in the book drop until further notice. If you have books to donate that will fit in the plastic container, you may leave them there for other patrons. If you have large amounts of donations, please hold on to them until we re-open and can safely handle and store them. Sadly, some donations were left on the porch and they were ruined by the rain.

puzzle swap!

Puzzle Swap:

If you have a gently used puzzle in good shape, please put the pieces in a plastic ziplock bag and return them to the original box. There is a bin on the porch of the library where you will be able to swap your puzzle for another one.

Some requests:

  • Please practice social distancing. If another patron is on the porch, please wait at least six feet back for them to finish.
  • Please be aware that others have been handling the items and bins, and we are unsure how long the COVID-19 virus can live on paper and plastic. Use gloves if possible, and wash your hands before and after handling the materials for your own safety and that of all our patrons.
  • Be sure that the plastic covers are securely attached when you are finished.
  • DO NOT place any materials (returns or donations) in the book drop until further notice. If you have donations, please hold on to them until we re-open and can safely handle and store them. Sadly, some donations were left on the porch and they were ruined by the rain.

AT WILLETT FREE

We hope to be open again soon…here are some things to look forward to when we are!


RECURRING PROGRAMS


Social Media Storytime Flyer


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Social Media Poetry Group


Social Media Guitar Flyer

Classes are designed for adults and older teens. Please bring a playable acoustic guitar to class; materials will be provided.

New students, please call the library to register.


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Social Media Conversational Italian


Social Media Cookbook Club