By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – “Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Shrewsbury Public Library remains closed to the public at this time,” remarked Library Director Priya Rathnam. “However, we would like to reassure residents that though the physical library is closed, the virtual library is available for all to access.”
She said that the library staff is still at work remotely and are happy to answer questions about getting temporary library cards and ways to access electronic resources.
“You can be educated, informed and entertained from the comfort of your home,” Rathnam noted.
Adult e-resources include Consumer Reports, databases for nationwide job search information, freegalmusic with a catalogue of 16 million songs, hoopla for movies, TV shows and audiobooks, Newsbank, Inc. for national magazine, newspaper and radio broadcasts and Universal Class with hundreds of online courses such as career training, computer skills, DIY tutorials, ESL courses, art courses and homeschooling information.
While school buildings may be closed learning is still taking place and there are several e-resources to help. For students there is Bookflix with fiction and non-fiction video storybooks full of activities, Brainfuse Help Now featuring online tutoring and virtual study, Gale databases for all grade levels, language learning through Mango languages, kindergarten readiness lessons through Miss Humblebee’s Academy and Scholastic Go databases to explore non-fiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more.
For information, call 508-841-8533 and leave a message with your name and number and a librarian will return your call. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions related to electronic databases and email@example.com for a new library card.