THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PER THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER.

 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Even though on-site programs are cancelled, we have some virtual programs available that you can register for.
  • All in-person services are suspended, but online services and collections are still available (See below).
  • Fines will NOT accrue because due dates have been extended, SO PLEASE KEEP LIBRARY ITEMS AT HOME.
  • Our outdoor drive-through book return will be out of service, so enjoy your items while we're shut down!
  • Inter-library deliveries and "holds" have been suspended. Library cards will be renewed automatically until we reopen.
  • We're still here to answer your questions virtually -- contact us!

The library is handing out boxed meals for kids ages 18 and under M-F from 3:30-5 p.m. as part of the Northern IL Food Bank's Emergency Food Program. Families and kids can pick up their boxed meal at the Meeting Room Door on the north side of the library building (look for the banner). These meals are carry-out since the library is closed. Kids do not need to be present to pick up meals. Keep in mind that should our staffing situation or food supplies change, this service could end. Check back here or visit our website for updates.

Our digital library is open 24/7! Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, TV, music, comics, or do research using our databases.

We've increased the number of hoopla digital checkouts to 50 titles per month per library card number. hoopla has ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and comics.

We've made Ancestry.com Library Edition available remotely during our shutdown. You'll need your library card number. Why not start a genealogy project while you're at home? Or, try out our newest genealogy resource, free with your library card -- MyHeritage Library Edition

We've increased video checkouts through RBDigital to unlimited, which features Acorn British TV, The Great Courses, and Indie Flix, among others. RBDigital also offers audiobooks and popular magazines. All you need is your library card number. Get started here. For videos/TV, scroll to the "Entertainment" category.

For those of you with young children, our wonderful youth librarians have put together a list of list of online resources so you and your child can continue the storytime fun at home. Click here for the list.

We've put together a list of free online resources for all ages, from storytimes to music to virtual field trips to creative projects. Check it out!

 

Cancelled/Rescheduled/Suspended

  • All on-site programs are cancelled until further notice.
  • The April 11 Community Shred event has been rescheduled to July 18.
  • The "Explore More Illinois" program is suspended through April 30.
  • The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations until further notice, and have cancelled their May book sale.

  

Additional Information

Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of the Virus
The CDC states that the virus is mainly spread by droplets from people sneezing and coughing. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is why diligent hand washing and sanitizing are so important, as well as abiding by social distancing guidelines. The CDC advises the following measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If no soap and water are available, use a 60% or more alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are ill. 

 

Resources
If you’d like more information about the coronavirus, McHenry County, state and federal health agencies regularly update their websites with current information.