Your Community Library Network serves Kootenai County, west Shoshone County, and beyond with virtual programs and over one hundred videos on YouTube and Facebook. Video content helps create a sense of community even in a time of physical distance. From storytime sessions to craft tutorials, and a lighthearted introduction to the Dewey decimal system, librarians create entertaining and educational videos for all.
The Community Library Network offers 24-hour access to digital materials including free music, audiobooks, and research databases. The “Homeschool E-Resource Guide,” a new digital resource, lists nearly 150 weblinks for new and experienced families in the homeschool community.
While in-person programs are currently on hold at the library, the Library Network has made some exciting developments in its outreach efforts. The Library just opened a free STEAM and literacy activity space for early learners and their families in the Silver Lake Mall called the Little Discovery Corner. Additionally, the Discovery Bus (a new 60-foot STEAM mobile unit) and the Bookmobile are making regular visits to area schools and community locations.
All eight Community Library Network library locations have resumed normal operating hours. During this time, popular services include free, and faster-than-ever, Wi-Fi and printer access. Members can also try take-home DIY crafts called Grab and Go kits. In the fall of 2020, librarians will have even more advanced take-home kits, tools, and equipment with a new service called the “Library of Things.” Members can check out explorative, creative, fun kits of “things” and return them just like books!