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Online resources available at Minocqua Public Library

April 17, 2020

The closing of Minocqua Public Library due to the coronavirus has made it impossible to physically visit the library to find favorite books, magazines or DVDs, but as unexpected situations often do, COVID-19 may have presented an opportunity. 

With more time on our hands, why not use this time to start a new project, research family history or listen to an audiobook.

The Minocqua Public Library offers many online resources, available 24/7 to anyone with a valid library card. These resources include databases like Ancestry, online magazines, newspapers, and of course downloadable audiobooks and ebooks. 

In addition, online learning is available with Gale Courses which offer a range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. All library card holders in good standing are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. 

In addition, the library maintains a Facebook page and website (minocqualibrary.org) with links to many resources and activities for families, kids and adults. 

Minocqua Public Library director Peggy O’Connell hopes people will take advantage of these alternative resources.

“We know people are missing the library for all sorts of reasons, and are frustrated they cannot get materials,” she said. “We hope they will investigate our digital library and see just how much content there is available.”

If assistance or information on obtaining a temporary library card is needed, email the library at [email protected], and a staff person will be in touch.

During closure the library would like to remind the community that library book drops will be closed, and customers are urged to keep their materials until the library reopens. Due dates of checked out materials will be extended, fines waived, and holds will be retained until the library reopens. Library cards set to expire in this period will also have their dates extended. Remember, while the physical doors into the library may be locked, the “library” is still very much open.

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