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If you’re looking for a respite from these trying times, the Mercer County Library System (MCLS) is ready to provide it.

The Library System continues to serve its patrons, keeping them engaged with expanded free, online content, while its physical buildings are closed. Visit the MCLS website at www.mcl.org for access to online magazines, eBooks, television shows and movies, comic books, audiobooks and music.

How-to videos for using the library’s’ virtual resources may be found on the MCLS YouTube channel, as well as computer classes taught by Keith Beagin, system technology trainer.

If you are missing visiting the library for children’s programming, go to the Kids’ Page or the MCLS YouTube channel for access to online story times in English and Spanish, crafts, music and science sessions, and activities presented by youth services librarians.

Content is being added daily to the library’s Facebook page, including Tuesday Trivia Night events, where you can tune in every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for trivia games, and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for discussions of readily available short stories. A library card is not necessary to visit any of the library’s social media pages.

For a wide variety of information for school work, personal research or just curiosity, take advantage of the library’s always-available database by visiting the Virtual Branch page of the library’s website and the blog that can be found on the main page of the library’s website. Reference questions are being answered remotely via the eReference service Ask a Librarian.

Don’t have an MCLS library card, but think you are eligible for one? Staff will issue temporary cards between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, until the library reopens to the public, emailing an access barcode. For more information about this NEW and temporary service, click here.

Keep healthy, keep washing hands, and keep aware of information as it becomes available through New Jersey’s official COVID-19 information site, https://covid19.nj.gov, and Mercer County’s website, www.mercercounty.org. Please be assured, no library materials will be due during the closing, and no overdue fines will accrue, so hold onto your library materials until you can visit again.

Submitted by Mercer County

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