Due to the guidelines set forth by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the Upper Sandusky Community Library will be closed until further notice. The library is awaiting clarification from Gov. DeWine's team on when libraries can reopen.
All in-person library programs have been cancelled through May. The Northwest Ohio Carnegie Library Tour scheduled for April 2 was cancelled and the Friends of the Library will be sending reimbursement checks to patrons who have registered for the tour.
The Upper Sandusky Community Library will be extending due dates for patrons, so there will not be any fines, though the book drop will still be available for patrons to drop off materials.
For patrons whose items are on the library’s hold shelf, the holds will be extended until the library reopens. Items that have been placed on hold but have not yet arrived at the library will remain on hold until the library reopens. The Upper Sandusky Community Library will not be receiving deliveries of materials while it remains closed.
Patrons can still place items on hold, though they will not receive anything until after the library reopens.
Though physical materials will not be available during this period, digital library resources are available at www.usclibrary.org. Patrons can also check out eBooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines through the Libby app with their library card. The Upper Sandusky Community Library is now offering hoopla, a digital media service that allows patrons to borrow over 750,000 titles across a variety of formats. More information about hoopla can be found here. TumbleBooks has also been added as an additional digital service for patrons. It includes a math database for grades K-6, books for teens, audiobooks, and romance books. More information about TumbleBooks and how to access it can be found here.
Those who do not yet have an Upper Sandusky Community Library card can register for one online by heading to www.usclibrary.org and clicking on Catalog. The sign up link will be available on the next page.
Homebound deliveries will also be suspended until the library reopens.
If your group has scheduled one of the library’s meeting rooms, a library employee will be contacting the group representative to cancel or possibly reschedule the meeting.
The Upper Sandusky Community Library will be delivering tax forms to the Upper Sandusky Post Office to make available to patrons and residents.
For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Wyandot County Public Health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Additional resources can be found below and are continually being added or updated.
Here are additional resources to help out our family, friends, and neighbors:
Ohio Digital Library is making an Instant Digital Card available to anyone who doesn't have a library card. Visit ohdbks.overdrive.com and click Sign In. Follow the prompts and enter your Ohio phone number to gain access to ebooks, digital magazines and audiobooks and more.
Charter Communications is providing free access to Spectrum Broadband and WiFi for 60 days to households that have students in K-12 or college. Find out more details here. Check out additional resources from large corporations here.
ProQuest and Ancestry are giving Ohio library cardholders remote access to Ancestry Library through the end of May. Simply visit https://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ancestry and enter your Ohio public library card number to access Ancestry Library.
Remember to take care of your mental health, too. Here is a video from UC San Diego Health on how to manage your anxiety with breathing exercises and another video with tips on how to protect your mental health
Educational resources for children:
Oceans Initiative is hosting an informal Virtual Marine Biology Camp. They stream live on Mondays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. EST on Facebook and Instagram. Past episodes can be found on the Oceans Initiative website.
The Kennedy Space Center is offering virtual space education resources. Check it out here.