*Please be reminded that our weather policy follows the town of North Kingstown. When school is cancelled the library is closed. Please check local listings.*
In keeping with our policy of following the town of North Kingstown school closings and Rhode Island state mandate, Willett Free Library will be closed until further notice. Our community is the most important thing to us…please take care of yourself and others and we look forward to seeing you in person again soon!
In the meantime, here are some important library updates from Ocean State Libraries:
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:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2020
High Demand for Digital Library Services in Rhode Island
Libraries are busier than they’ve ever been right now.
While public library buildings are closed, Rhode Island’s public libraries continue to offer vital 24/7 digital services to their communities. Through their public libraries and AskRI, public libraries have access to digital books, magazines and newspapers and a wealth of online learning tools. From the comfort of home, Rhode Island residents have full access to:
- 125,000+ ebooks and digital audiobooks in Ocean State Libraries’ eZone.
- Encyclopedias for all ages, including
- English and Spanish editions in AskRI
- Millions of full text articles for students and online learners in AskRI.
- Online learning tools to learn a language or to prepare for a test in AskRI
Access all these resources are more via the Ocean State Libraries website: www.oslri.org.
Library card sign-ups have increased by 167%! Prior to this crisis, OSL received an average of 9 applications each day. Since public library buildings closed, this average has grown to 24 applications each day with a recent high of 55 applications on March 23!
Ebook and digital audiobook use has increased by 23%! Ocean State Libraries’ eZone is seeing a large spike in new users and ebook use. Comparing the last 7 days against the first week of March, OSL has seen a 23% increase in circulation and a 255% increase in new users.
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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We hope to be open again soon…here are some things to look forward to when we are!
*All below programs may be rescheduled if the library remains closed. Please continue to check back for updated information.
Due to fire codes, this is a ticketed event. Please stop by the library during open hours to pick up your tickets. Limit of four per person. If you have tickets for the April 2nd date, they will be good for admission to the rescheduled date.
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.
Updated Portrait of a Lady information: The final discussion for this group will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 3 PM, and the movie viewing will be on Thursday, April 16th at 3 PM.
***Italian will be re-opening for current students on Friday, February 14th! If you are on the waiting list, we will contact you as soon as we have more information.***