Kimberly Partanen is the library director for the Castlegar and District Public Library. Chelsea Novak photo

Castlegar Library offering many boredom busters

Audiobooks, e-books, ancestry research, educational materials, movies and more

Even though the Castlegar and District Public Library has closed its building to the public, it still is offering numerous ways to beat the boredom of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First of all, if don’t have a current library card you can now apply for one online through the library’s web page.

The library is offering more resources than ever as vendors have been offering free products during the COVID crisis. Tumble Math, World Book Online, Audio Book Cloud and Teen Book Cloud are just a few of the new additions.

The library offers access to quite a number of popular digital magazines, movies through IndiFlix, and a wide range of audiobooks and eBooks for all ages through Tumblebooks, Library-to-Go and RB Digital.

Library director Kimberley Partanen says that patrons can look forward to many of these resources being boosted province wide for greater access.

Every Thursday the library will be posting a Lego challenge that even grownups might want to try. Last week’s challenge was to build Lego outside. Make a scene somewhere outdoors and then post your photo on the library’s Facebook page.

The Ancestry genealogy database, previously only available from inside the library, has now been opened up for home use. To access it, you will need to email info@castlegarlibrary.com.

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“If people are looking at learning from home, or their workplace has been focusing on this time as an opportunity for personal and professional development, the library offers access to Lynda.com,” Partanen says.

Lynda is a comprehensive learning resource with thousands of expert-led courses on a wide range of topics.

For people with print disabilities the library has specialized access through CELA and NNELS. These resources have thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers.

In the coming days watch the library’s Facebook page for fun activities and challenges to do from home, and online story times with favourite staff.

If you need help registering for a card or have questions about digital resource collections, send an email to info@castlegarlibrary.com.

“We are still here to help and are looking at ways we can expand our resources and services to make everyone’s day a little brighter,” says Partanen.



betsy.kline@castlegarnews.com

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