LIBRARY NEWS; AS OF APRIL 8, 2020

AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
PRESS RELEASE
Date: April 6, 2020
RE: COVID-19 CLOSURE
Library Offerings and Access During COVID-19 Shutdown

The Agawam Public Library remains closed as a precaution for the COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency. Staff can be reached by email only during this time. Please email libstaff@agawam.lib.ma with any and all questions. The library’s book drop remains closed and locked. Please hang on to your library items until we re-open.

UPDATED AS OF APRIL 8, 2020 — There are NO OVERDUE FEES accruing during this time, as all items are now due July 1, 2020.

While the building is closed, our phone system is un-staffed. Please direct all questions to our email. Please stay tuned to our social media outlets for more information and as things change rapidly.

The library will continue to offer digital services for academic and entertainment purposes during this shutdown. Although our patrons will not have access to our physical collections, there are many resources available digitally and through our streaming platforms. To ensure access, we have relaxed some of our standard operating procedures so that more people can enjoy our online materials. Please visit https://www.agawamlibrary.org/research/databases-2/ or https://www.agawamlibrary.org/research/ebooks-streaming/ to get started. Simply log in with your Agawam Public Library card number and pin. If you cannot remember, or need to reset your pin, go to: https://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/password_reset.

For Agawam residents who no longer have a library card with us, we are creating temporary cards that will be active until June 1, 2020. Agawam and Feeding Hills residents can email libstaff@agawam.ma.us to apply for their temporary cards. Residents will need to supply their full name, street address, telephone number, email and birthdate when they email our staff. Patrons will be issued a temporary card with a PIN, which will allow access to our library resources. After June 1, patrons can apply for a permanent card when they visit the library and show a current ID and proof of address.

Most of our streaming services are available as apps for mobile devices. Download from the Apple Apps Store or Google Play Store. Libby has thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. Hoopla is another great source for eBooks, audiobooks, TV, movies, and music. Kanopy is a streaming film service that offers thousands of films, documentaries, and shorts from producers in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, our RBdigital service offers access eBooks, magazines, British TV productions, music concerts & college-level courses! Freegal is also available for downloadable and streaming music with a selection of over 7 million songs. In addition, the library is offering a free trial of medici.tv during the month of April. Medici.tv is a streaming classical music channel with access to concerts, operas, ballets, and documentaries.

The library would like to thank our faithful patrons for their patience and understanding during these uncertain times. If you haven’t already, please follow us on social media for the latest information and resources to consider during our shutdown. Our staff wishes you all health and safety.

Library News; Digital Services; New Tax Day

Effective March 14th, the Agawam Public Library will be shut down until further notice as a precaution for the COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency. The library will continue to offer digital services during this shutdown. Although our patrons will not have access to our physical collections, there are many resources available digitally and through our streaming platforms. To ensure access, we have relaxed some of our standard operating procedures so that more people can enjoy our online materials.

For more information please click here.

 


Per the IRS “… the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.”

Library News Update; Donations

Good morning to our Agawam Community. We hope this morning finds you all well during these uncertain times. Please note that we have made some essential changes to our operations based on the Massachusetts library community best practices.

As of today, our book drop will be locked. Please hang on to your library items until we re-open. There are NO FINES accruing during this time.

Also, our phones are now off. Please direct questions to libstaff@agawam.ma.us.

Thank you & Be Well.


Please note that the library will not be accepting book donations from March 24th, 2020 to July 1st, 2020.

Library Closing To The Public Temporarily

Public Notice: The Agawam Public Library will be closed to the public, effective 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th as a preventative measure for COVID-19. We will remain closed until further notice. Library staff will be here and happy to answer questions, renew items and help you access online materials.
Overdue fees will be waived during this period and lending limits will be lengthened.
Please call the library at 413-789-1550 or visit us online at www.agawamlibrary.org.
Thank you for your patience and stay healthy!

Boston Bruins PJ Drive

The Agawam Library is
participating in the Boston
Bruins PJ Drive again this
year. We will be collecting
new pajamas for kids and
teens from February 1st to March 15th. Please bring
your donation to the Children’s Room.

2020 Tax Forms Information

Tax forms have arrived and are available in the lobby. They will not be downstairs this year . If there are any questions please call the Reference desk 413-789-1550 x8862.