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OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

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BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

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Talking with children about Covid-19 and its impact

Child thinking of Coronavirus


These are challenging times and children need a calm, reassuring presence. They also need accurate, age appropriate information in bite sized amounts. This is where beloved illustrator, Axel Scheffler comes in.

Axel Scheffler is best known for his collaborative work with children’s author,  Julia Donaldson .  His works include, Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and much more. He is also the author/illustrator of the Pip and Posy series of books for children.

In collaboration with a team of medical professionals from Britain’s National Health Service, Axel Scheffler and publisher Noisy Crow are making available a FREE downloadable picture e-book for how to best explain what the virus is and how children can protect themselves. You can access your copy here .

If you and your family are looking for other eBooks that deal with positive, loving, supportive stories of hope and resilience you might enjoy these: Tools for Your Wellness Toolbox to share with your favorite reading buddy.