The Stanislaus County Library branches may be closed to the public, put the system still has options for people looking to stave off any possible boredom during the stay at home order.
The library branches closed to the public on March 20. Book return bins have also been closed and due dates for any materials currently checked out have been extended to April 30, said library spokesperson Susan Lilly.
The library is offering no-contact holds pick up for the public during modified service hours. The materials can be picked up Monday through Friday at all the branches, except Turlock, and on Saturday at Modesto and Salida.
"People can place holds online or call us for recommendations and we can place the hold for customers," Lilly said. "When the hold is available for pick-up, customers can come to the library and call us. Phone numbers are posted on large signs at the front of each library. Staff will check materials out to the customer and deliver to a table outside the library, where it can be picked up, maintaining at least six feet of distance. At this time, items will check out for six weeks."
The libraries in Denair, Ceres, Hughson and Keyes are able to have materials picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. The materials need to be requested in advance either on the phone or online. The library will call people when the materials are available to pick up.
Senior citizens may be able to receive doorstep delivery of library materials during the closure. Seniors should call (209) 558-7814 or their local branch library.
The library also has several digital offerings for the public to use. The Stanislaus County Library has a free mobile app that allows users to read, listen, or watch eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, eMovies, and more. The library also utilizes the app Zinio for libraries, which allows access to digital magazines, and the Hoopla app, which has audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, music, and television shows to stream.
The Turlock Library closed earlier this month in preparation for the construction of a new facility. The construction project will continue as planned, for right now. However, the pop-up library that was going to set up in the Turlock Senior Center has been canceled.
For more information on the apps and how to access the services, visit http://www.stanislauslibrary.org.