I am writing this in the middle of the COVID 19 lockdown when all libraries are closed in line with the Government’s ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ strategy.
If you have items on loan please keep them safe until we re-open. All dates will be updated automatically and no fines will be generated due to the Corona virus.
There are many online resources available free to Oxfordshire Library users.
For example, you can
- download eBooks and eAudio
- access newspapers & magazines online
- enter the Art & Poetry Competition for under 18s
- music streaming
- access reference resources such as Family History (an ideal time to get stuck into researching your family tree), Which? Magazine, Britannica online and many more.
- online resources for homework and study (ideal for home schooling!)
Check out our website https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries where you can also join the library. Once you have joined online, as we are not sending out your library card and pack due to the lockdown, you will be emailed with your borrower number. Then, along with the PIN code you chose for yourself you can download/access all the online facilities. You can also download the libraries app Oxfordshire libraries.
Also, there are lots of activities, stories, rhymetimes etc on our Facebook page (Oxfordshire Libraries) or follow us on Twitter @oxonlibraries
If you are already a member but don’t have a PIN, go onto the libraries home web page as above and click on ’manage your account’ and then click on ‘forgot your PIN’. You will then be able to reset it.
In response to the increased interest in our digital resources, the librarians are working on expanding our collections of eBooks and eAudio and developing our online resources.
For example, the Bloomin’ Good Book Club has recently launched on our Facebook page or #oxonreads#bloomingoodbookclub on Twitter.
Share your thoughts and join the discussion.
Until the libraries are open again and we can resume all our regular activities and plan new events we hope you will find these resources useful and entertaining. We miss seeing you all in the library and hope that you all stay safe and well.
Summer Reading Challenge
This year the Summer Reading Challenge Silly Squad is going digital due to Covid-19 and the ongoing social distancing measures in schools and public libraries.
The theme for the 2020 challenge is funny books, having a laugh and happiness! You may wish to look at the following link which gives you some information about the challenge and the characters. The Reading Agency will be running the challenge from now until September.
The launch of the digital challenge was on Friday 5th June. It is a virtual Let's Get Silly programme which can be accessed via The Reading Agency Facebook page and includes a programme of events from celebrities and guest authors/illustrators.
For more information please see https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/first-ambassadors-announced-for-2020-summer-reading-challenge.html
In partnership with the Reading Agency libraries are being asked to deliver the Silly Squad digital reading challenge throughout the Summer using their e-lending platforms and their virtual services.
Oxfordshire Libraries are hoping, when libraries re-open, to promote the challenge both in the library, on social media and the libraries website.
Oxfordshire Libraries have also signed up for the libraries digital package.
Keep an eye out for updates from The Reading Agency on our Facebook page (Oxfordshire Libraries) or on Twitter @oxonlibraries
Plans are in hand for the core libraries, which includes Kidlington, to re-open in the next few weeks.
The libraries will look very different with screens, a one way system and various other measures to protect both the staff and the visitors to enable us to open safely.
We look forward to welcoming you back.