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Library “Goes Home” During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Although Kent District Library is closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic, patrons are tapping into an increasing amount of library services from the comfort and safety of their home. Total digital usage is up 32% over this time last year.

KDL offers cardholders access to free digital content in a variety of formats including audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies, magazines and more. In the month of March, patrons streamed or downloaded 152,941 items.

Additionally, many of the programs and events normally taking place in the library are now online. During March, KDL hosted 23 online programs with more than 5,000 attendees during the live-stream sessions, and nearly as many replayed the recordings at later times. The programs include storytimes, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) projects for school-age kids and book talks for all ages.

“Checkout and hold limits for several of our online resources have been increased, and in some cases, doubled,” explains Carrie Wilson, Director of Library Services for KDL. “Our digital resource providers have really stepped up during the pandemic to help. This is especially important while schools are closed, to provide educational resources for families with school-age kids.”

Not a library card holder? People who live in the KDL service area can apply for a new card online and gain instant access. All of KDL’s digital resources can be accessed at www.kdl.org/virtual.