The library is closed, but you can still 'check out' materials - virtually
Posted March 23, 2020 9:00 p.m. EDT
Local library systems in Wake County, Chapel Hill and Durham are closed to the public for now. There's no browsing the shelves or in-person storytimes to participate in. But, luckily, you don't have to go to the library to take advantage of all of the materials that our local library systems have.
Here's how you can access the library virtually.
Wake County Public Library System
The library system offers ebooks for children, young adults and adults, which can be downloaded immediately. Library patrons also can access more than 50 different magazine titles online. And there are a variety of videos online. For kids, there also are online storytimes and readalongs for kids.
You can find links to all of these resources, including details about how to get a library card, on Wake's website.
Here's a look at a storytime on Wake's YouTube channel:
Chapel Hill Public Library
The town's library system also has a bunch of free virtual resources that you can access from home via its website. They include ebooks for all ages, audiobooks, magazines, learning opportunities for kids and lots of activities, including virtual and real-life outdoor experiences and storytimes.
Durham County Library
Durham County Library also offers a host of free online resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows and more. Durham Public School students can simply use their student ID number to access everything if they don't have a library card. The system also offers access to The Great Courses, which lets you take college-level courses on a variety of topics. It's great for high school kids.
And check out this YouTube video from a Durham library, who maps out how he runs role-playing games for kids at regular library events.
Orange County Public Library
The system also offers a slew of online resources, including ebooks, audiobooks and homework help on its website.