For Beatrice residents, escaping into totally different worlds and viewpoints, or accessing resources to be told a lot of regarding this world, area unit bushed one simply accessible location at a hundred N sixteenth Street.
While Beatrice Public Library’s doors were closed for roughly 2 months this spring because of COVID-19, several of its services were still offered and utilized by the community.
Youth services bibliothec and interim director Joanne Neemann aforementioned that library continues to be giving pavement and delivery of physical materials for those not desirous to enter the building. She aforementioned card requests, and eBook and audiobook usage through Cornhusker State OverDrive Libraries’ chemist app have all magnified this year.
“We had some new cards issued simply specifically for the chemist app,” Neemann aforementioned. “So it’s reasonably catching on, and that i assume the colleges area unit exploitation a lot of of it as a result of there’s no physical books to the touch. thus our younger crowd is commencing to use the chemist app and Overdrive.”
The library additionally offers music through Freegal Music, foreign language education through Mango Languages, magazines through RBdigital and on-line newspapers through Newsbank.
“We have all types of on-line things that several [people] would ne’er have tried out or would even have thought of the library having, as a result of they didn’t would like it,” the previous library director, Laureen Riedesel, said. “They had their own services, or they knew they might stop in and acquire a book or a magazine, no matter it absolutely was that they wished. That half simply didn’t charm to them as one thing they required right then. currently all of a unforeseen, it’s like ‘I don’t actually need to contend with that a part of the planet any longer. i need things to come back to American state on-line. i need to be able to keep home and access the planet.’ Hey, we tend to got prepared for that.”