Telford & Wrekin Libraries see ‘incredible rise’ in online library use
The use of online resources including Ebooks, Eaudios and Emagazines at Telford & Wrekin Council's Libraries has significantly increased during lockdown.
Telford & Wrekin's Libraries, including community libraries across the borough, are currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Even during the lockdown though, booklovers can still access a wide range of online services, including e-books & audiobooks, which are available 24/7 to library members on www.telford.gov.uk/libraries
Anyone who isn’t a library member, can join online in as little as five minutes and instantly get instant access to the online Library.
Since the closure, the borrowing of Ebooks and Audiobooks has more than doubled, with 5,904 items of this kind being downloaded to date since March 2020, compared to just 2,254 in the same period last year.
The number of Emagazines downloaded has also shot up by 38%, with 5,243 magazines downloaded to date compared to 3,798 in the same period of 2019.
There has also been an incredible rise in the number of people joining online, with nearly six times more people to date signing up since March, compared to previous period last year.
In addition to the 24/7 online library available, new activities are taking place digitally on Telford & Wrekin Libraries Facebook page, such as:
Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – this challenge aims to encourage children and families to read whatever makes them happy, to get inspired by their reading and take part in silly challenges
They are able to rate and review the books they read on the free-to-access www.sillysquad.org.uk – which also includes videos, games, quizzes and other activities
Bounce & Rhyme Live Sessions – nursery and counting rhymes for babies and toddlers streamed via Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30am.
Code club & weekly challenges – Children that enjoy computer coding can sign up for the online code club on firstname.lastname@example.org and send their videos and screen shoots on Libraries’ Facebook as part of weekly coding challenges
Amy Jones, Telford & Wrekin Libraries Development Manager, said: “We know this is a time when families and children are spending longer time at home. As such, we’ve been working hard to ensure there is plenty of choice in our 24/7 online library to get everyone entertained - all resources are free to access and we are updating them frequently.
“We encourage everyone to join online, if they are not a member yet and to have a look, as there’s literally something for every age and interest.
“On our Facebook page there’s also plenty going on, such as live streams, activities and challenges, even more now with the recent launch of the Summer Reading challenge.
“While we are continuously diversifying our 24/7 online offer, we know there are people that might not be online and that are home even longer, because of shielding as a result of the coronaviru pandemic – for those in particular, we can deliver, together with our volunteers, free library resources delivered directly to their door. They only need to contact us on email@example.com ‘
Councillor Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries and Culture said: “We want to support people as much as possible at this difficult time, that’s why we are offering free library digital resources for everyone, that can be accessed at any time from the comfort of their home.
“It’s fantastic to see that our services are so popular, the digital library has seen an incredible rise in use since lockdown.
“I want to thank all the staff members in our libraries for keeping people digitally connected through such a wide range of resources at a time when buildings are closed and for their continuous efforts in providing a home delivery service for those most in need in our community.”
For more details on Telford & Wrekin Libraries and Digital Library visit www.telford.gov.uk/libraries
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