Buy from Stillwater Books, have it donated to Pawtucket Library

Buy from Stillwater Books, have it donated to Pawtucket Library

EZone, new Ancestry access among offerings during pandemic

PAWTUCKET – Staff at the Pawtucket Public Library are now partnering with nearby Stillwater Books on Main Street to allow faithful patrons of that bookstore to also support the library.

As of April 14, Stillwater, which was forced to close when Gov. Gina Raimondo declared bookstores among the state’s non-critical retailers, was set to have a list of books on its website that library staff would like to add to their collection. People can purchase the books and those books will then be donated to the library.

Though Stillwater is officially closed during the pandemic, owners are accepting delivery and pickup orders at stillwaterbooksri.com . Pickup orders are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

The Pawtucket Library’s EZone, where patrons can keep consuming books, audiobooks and videos in all genres for all ages while staying at home, is the facility’s most popular resource during the pandemic, says Director Susan Reed.

“I think that is because people are familiar with it,” she said.

Having access to ancestry.com from outside the library is new, and library staff are hoping people will access that resource to do ancestry research during this time.

Udemy is a new resource that the state has just made available, said Reed, providing on-demand video courses in business, technology, design and more.

“Our vendors have been very generous in giving us additional resources for free like

Tumblebooks Math and Romance Book Cloud,” she said.

Staff only get statistics from some of these resources monthly, so they won’t know until the beginning of May how much the items are being used while the physical library at 13 Summer St. has been closed, she said.

The library has expanded its collection of online services to meet the increased need for reading, research and entertainment resources for patrons to use from home. Some resources require a Pawtucket Library card for access. Go to www.oslri.org/application to apply for a library card online or contact a librarian for assistance.

Check out www.pawtucketlibrary.org for help with genealogy research, find an e-book, for educational assistance, and to learn a new language.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Pawtucket Library staff are working remotely to help library patrons Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by live chat at www.pawtucketlibrary.org , email LibraryC19@pawtucketri.com , text 401-753-3706 and phone, 401-725-3714, ext. 220. Spanish-speaking patrons may call 401-725-3714, ext. 204.

Here are some of the other resources available at the library:

• Audiobook Cloud – Audiobooks for all ages

• Junior Library Guild – Free e-book access for elementary, middle and high school readers

• Learning Express – Career and job practice tests

• Mango Languages – Choose from 60 languages and 17 ESL languages

• PLDN: Pawtucket Times from 1886 to 1949

• RomanceBookCloud – Romance novels for adults

• Tumblebooks – Illustrated e-books with audio for children K-12

• TumbleMath – Learn math concepts through stories and practice questions

• Tutor.com – Live one-on-one tutoring for students in kindergarten through college

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