In light of the Governor's Executive Order that was announced on Friday, March 20, 2020 and as the Bartlett Public Library District follows School District U-46's lead for when to open based on the Pandemic Policy & Procedure document, the Library has extended its closure through the end of April 2020. This may change if the Governor or the School District extends closures or shelter-in-place recommendations.

 

Since the Library building is closed, BPLD patrons may sign up for an eCard to gain access to online services such as Libby, Hoopla, Freegal Music, Flipster and more. Click here to sign up for an eCard.


For more information and the latest Library news, check Our Response to COVID-19.

 

 

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Bartlett Public Library District, 800 South Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL 60103

Bartlett Public Library District's Response to COVID-19

 

 

March 27, 2020

 

Increasing Online Options at the Bartlett Public Library District

Since the Bartlett Public Library District has closed its doors as a preventative measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members have been hard at work to make sure more resources are available for patrons to access from their homes. 

 

Below are the various changes to BPLD’s online services:

  • BPLD patrons may sign up for an eCard to access the Library's online resources such as Libby, Hoopla, Freegal Music, Flipster and more. These are downloadable and streaming services that allow BPLD patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more. Here is the link that will bring patrons right to the sign-up page: https://bit.ly/BPLDeCard
  • There is a Springtivities challenge available for patrons to participate in. Complete various tasks such as calling a friend, read a book and more to be entered into a drawing where two winners will receive a year-long subscription to Disney+.
  • There has been a drastic increase in items available for checkout through Libby.
  • The Library’s edition of Ancestry.com is now available for patrons to use from their homes; it used to only be accessible from inside the Library building.
  • TumbleBooks has made its various online libraries available for free for BPLD patrons through at least August 31, 2020. This includes:
    • TumbleBookLibrary (K-5)
    • TumbleMath (K-5)
    • TeenBookCloud (5-12)
    • AudioBookCloud (Teen/Adult)
    • RomanceBookCloud (Adult)
  • Additional databases have been added to Worldbook to assist families with learning from home. These will be available through April 30.
  • BPLD Librarians have started to host Storytimes on the Library’s social media sites. For all the videos, check the Facebook page.
  • One of the book discussion groups, BookLite, is now a Facebook group. Members can discuss a common read together via this platform while it is not possible to meet together in person.
  • Although the building is closed, the WiFi is still up and running, which can be accessed if patrons are near the Library.
  • On the Library’s social media sites, the public can find a variety of activities to do while staying at home. This may include virtual tours of popular destinations, fun crafts for children and more. 
  • Staff members are giving reading recommendations on the Library’s social media platforms. Patrons are also encouraged to ask for recommendations through the platforms. A compiled list of all these posts can be found using #BPLDRecommends.

For the latest Library reopen date, check www.bartlettlibrary.org or check out the Library’s social media platforms. Patrons may also sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter for information. To sign up, head to the Library’s website, scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Subscribe to our eNewsletters.” From there, customizable options are available.

 

 

 

March 16, 2020

 

Bartlett Public Library District Closed Until Further Notice

The Bartlett Public Library District will be closed effective starting at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020, with a tentative opening date of March 31, 2020. It’s recommended that patrons check the Library’s website or social media sites for the latest Library news. Please note that this is not due to any COVID-19 cases, it is a preventative measure for the health and safety of patrons and staff members.

 

Here are important changes the public needs to be aware of:

  • During this time, the book drop will be closed, meaning patrons will not be able to return Library materials. Patrons are encouraged to keep Library materials at home for now. Because of this measure, overdue fines will be forgiven when the Library reopens.
  • If patrons have items on hold, they will be available to pick up for a few days when the Library reopens. If patrons place holds on items during the time the Library is closed, the orders will be processed when the building reopens and the patrons will be notified accordingly.
  • Placing InterLibrary Loans (ILLs) via the online catalog has been suspended during this time.
  • Maintenance staff will be doing a deep cleaning of the building while it is closed.
  • Though the building will be closed, the Library’s Wi-Fi will remain available. If needed, patrons may utilize this service if they are nearby the building. As far as internet access at home, patrons may check internet companies as they may provide special offers or assistance.
  • The Library’s services of Museum Adventure Passes and Explore More Illinois are being suspended during this time.
  • When the Library reopens, staff will work to sanitize materials being checked-in.
  • The Board of Trustees passed a Pandemic Response Policy & Procedures document at the Board Meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020, which outlines steps the Library will take in case of a pandemic.
  • The election on March 17, 2020 will still be held in the Meeting Room, though the rest of the building will be closed.
  • If there are any questions, contact askus@bartlettlibrary.org or message the Library through their social media channels.

Notices of any changes will be made to the public via press releases, social media postings or news posted to the website at www.bartlettlibrary.org. Patrons may also sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter for information. To sign up, head to the Library’s website, scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Subscribe to our eNewsletters.” From there, customizable options are available.

 

For more information on COVID-19, these resources are available:
DuPage County Health Department: https://www.dupagehealth.org///
Cook County Health Department: https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org//
Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

 

It is also important to keep in mind that patrons don’t have to leave homes in order to take advantage of Library offerings. There are plenty of downloadable and streaming services that allow patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more.

 

The following is a list of downloadable and streaming services the Library provides to BPLD patrons:

 

Flipster
Browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines to which the Library subscribes. Magazines can be downloaded to Android phones and tablets, Apple phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

 

Freegal Music
Freegal Music is a downloadable music service. All you need is your Library Card number and PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.

 

Hoopla
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more on your smartphone, tablet and computer. Use your Library Card number and PIN to set up a Hoopla account. BPLD patrons can stream or download up to five items per month.

 

Libby
Libby hosts an eMedia collection featuring downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks. All you need is your Library Card number and PIN. eBooks and eAudiobooks can be downloaded to your computer or smart device.

 

TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book, which you can read, or have read to you.

 

 

 

March 12, 2020

 

Bartlett Public Library District Takes Precautions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Bartlett Public Library District remains open to the public and has taken various response measures to preventing COVID-19. As of today, March 12, 2020, the library has enacted the following changes through March 31:

  • A Pandemic Response Policy & Procedure is being worked on, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the March 16, 2020 Board Meeting.
  • Programs taking place between March 12-31 are cancelled. Staff members will try rebooking programs for later dates if possible. Patrons signed up for programs requiring registration are being notified. Programming is scheduled to resume April 1, 2020, however the public will be notified if that date changes.
  • Safety gloves are made available to staff members for use while handling materials.
  • Only one person may use the Study Rooms and Conference Rooms at a time.
  • There will be no usage of the Meeting Room for outside groups, aside from the election held on March 17, 2020.
  • The Casual Computing Area and Computer Lab will have computers available at every other station.
  • There will be no access to the Art Room nor the Teen Space.
  • Toys in the Youth & Teen Services Department will be put away.
  • Signs have been placed throughout the building encouraging best health practices such as washing hands thoroughly, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, the importance of cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces, avoiding touching the face and avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Staff members have increased their surface cleanings to multiple times a day, especially with door handles and railings. They’re also wiping down counters, work stations and computer stations. 
  • Once again, these changes go into effect through March 31, but the Bartlett Public Library District will keep the public notified of any changes via press releases, signage, social media postings or the website.
  • The changes have been put into place to practice social distancing (reducing contact from person to person or among groups), which is a method that has been recommended by a variety of health experts on trying to control the spread of COVID-19.
  • The public has been advised by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay home if sick. The Bartlett Public Library District serves a community of all age groups, so it is also advisable for those who are sick to stay out of the library in order to not spread illnesses to other visitors. If patrons are unable to return items due to illness, they may call the Circulation Desk at 630.837.2958 to hear about accommodations.
  • The Bartlett Public Library District will also be attending an upcoming meeting with nearby municipalities, villages and townships to discuss what each organization has in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • In the event that COVID-19 is present in the Bartlett Public Library District, Library Director Karolyn Nance will contact the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and the CDC. Actions will be taken from there and the public will be notified.
  • It is also important to keep in mind that patrons don’t have to leave their homes in order to take advantage of library offerings. There are plenty of downloadable and streaming services that allow patrons to watch TV, listen to music, read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks and more. These services include Libby, Freegal Music, Flipster, Tumblebooks, etc. Check the Bartlett Public Library District’s website for a full list of resources.
  • The election on March 17, 2020 and the Board Meeting on March 16, 2020 will still be held. The election will be in the Meeting Room; the Board Meeting will be in the Staff Conference Room.
  • If there are any questions for the library, call 630.837.2855 or visit www.bartlettlibrary.org.

 

For more information on COVID-19, these resources are available:
DuPage County Health Department: https://www.dupagehealth.org///
Cook County Health Department: https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org//
Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

 

 

 
Bartlett Public Library District
800 S. Bartlett Road
Bartlett, IL 60103
Main: 630.837.2855
Adult: 630.837.3560
Youth & Teen: 630.837.3348
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm