CKPL promotes virtual library while branches are closed

Chatham-Kent Public Library, Chatham branch. February 21, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

Finding ways to entertain oneself while practicing social distancing or isolation due to COVID-19 may be a challenge, but a virtual library may provide an escape residents want to check-out.

The Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) has a virtual option for people to browse eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, movies, and TV shows. There are also kid-friendly optionsĀ on TumbleBooks, which has graphic novels and puzzles.

For history buffs, the Local History Digital Collection includes over 150 resources that focus on “Chatham-Kent’s rich history”.

A media release from the CKPL also highlights an arts and crafts database called “Creativebug”. As well, there are online courses that go over subjects such as business, tech-software, graphic design, and test preparation.

Residents who don’t already have a library card can obtain a virtual card by applying online.

All branches of the CKPL are closed until April 6.

Items that were checked out prior to the closure will have extended due dates and overdue fines will not apply. Library card expiry dates will also be extended.

CKPL programs have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. A full list can be found below:

– Jesse Thistle Author Talk at the Kiwanis Theatre: originally scheduled for April 14 has been postponed.

– Spring Used Book Sale at the Chatham and Wallaceburg branches: originally scheduled for April 22 – April 25 has been postponed.

– Purses With a Purpose: originally scheduled for April 25 and will be postponed.

– Reading at the Ridge Book Club at the Ridge House Museum: originally scheduled for April 30 has been postponed.

– Chatham-Kent Author Festival at the Chatham branch: originally scheduled for May 2 has been postponed.