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Fall River Library cancels all events, library to remain open, gives options to get through staying at home



Health officials in many cities and states, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended postponing or cancelling gatherings and community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. This measure may slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which is transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are urged to maintain a “social distance” of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from others, which can be difficult at public events.

Therefore, to protect the health of everyone, and especially the most vulnerable members of the community, all public events at both branches of the Fall River Public Library are canceled effective immediately and until further notice. This includes storytimes, crafts, teen programs, movies, special events, and all other library programs.

The library will still be open for borrowing and regular services.

Library officials have compiled a list of online options for borrowing eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming music and video, and educational/research databases.

Some of the options available to help you cope in a “stay-at-home” world:

OVERDRIVE and LIBBY—Overdrive lets you borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the SAILS library network—and now, from all over Massachusetts. Libby is a free app that makes accessing e-content super easy!
HOOPLA—Digital content including eBooks, audiobooks, music, comics and more. Always available, never a waiting list!
AXIS 360—Current and classic eBooks and audiobooks to read on any device
RB DIGITAL—Audiobooks and magazines, easy to search and read online
TUMBLEBOOKS—eBooks and interactive audiobooks for kids from toddlers through tweens
FREEGAL—Free music to stream OR download and keep
UNIVERSAL CLASS—Learn from home! Hundreds of courses to choose from.
MA LIBRARY DATABASES—Online reference books, newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias offer a wealth of peer-reviewed information to students and researchers at all levels.

All of these are available from Visit the library website today or call 508-324-2700, ext. 3, if you need assistance.

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