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Service Update

Staunton Public Library to Resume Limited Services

The Staunton Public Library will resume limited services beginning the week of June 8. Patrons will be able to return materials to the outdoor book drop, place holds on Staunton Public Library items, and schedule an appointment to pick up their arrived holds. The building itself will remained closed and the library will not be accepting book donations until further notice.

Monday, June 8 - Book Drops

On Monday, June 8, the library will reopen its outdoor book drop to start accepting returned materials. Please stagger returns by using the following schedule as much as possible:

  • Monday: Last names beginning with letters A - C
  • Tuesday: Last names D - H
  • Wednesday: Last names I - M
  • Thursday: Last names N - S
  • Friday: Last names T – Z

If the book drop appears to be full, please keep materials and try again on another day. No overdue fines are being charged.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours, exceeding national guidelines on safe handling procedures for employees’ safety. Materials will then be checked in after the delay. Patrons will see their returned items remain on their accounts until the 72-hour period is up.

Wednesday, June 10 - Placing Holds

Beginning Wednesday, June 10, patrons will be able to place holds on Staunton Public Library items to be picked up at the Staunton Public Library. Courier service between Valley Libraries locations will not resume at this time. Patrons can place holds by logging into their account at www.valleylibraries.org or calling 540.332.3902 to receive assistance from a staff member.

For anyone having difficulty browsing the catalog or finding something good to read or watch, library employees will be available to help find books or connect patrons with new authors. An online reader’s advisory form is available at https://bit.ly/SPLRecommends. Readers can submit their reading preferences and receive a short selection of personalized suggestions within a couple of days. Patrons can also use their library card number to access online resources like Novelist at https://bit.ly/SPLNoveList to find titles similar to those they’ve enjoyed in the past.

Thursday, June 11 - Pick-Up Service

Thursday, June 11 will be the first day to schedule an appointment to pick up library materials. Patrons must schedule a timeslot in advance and will only be able to pick up arrived holds. Information on how to schedule appointments will be announced on the library’s website and social media next week.

Pick-up service will be available by appointment:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 12:00 – 4 p.m.

When arriving at the library for a scheduled pick-up appointment, look for the signage near the sensory garden. Instructions will indicate how to proceed. Everyone is asked to stay in their cars until a staff member leaves the pick-up area. Please respect social distancing recommendations and remain six feet away from others while collecting holds. Staff will be happy to provide accommodations to anyone with mobility issues upon request.

Due to supply shortages, the library will not be able to disinfect individual items being checked out. Staff members will wear gloves and a mask when handling patrons’ holds, and all returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours. The library suggests that patrons wash their hands after touching library materials.

Online Services

The library’s many online resources will remain available and accessible with a Staunton Public Library card. Thousands of digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and comics are available to check-out 24/7 for free with a library card.

Anyone who does not have a card and would like to access digital resources or place holds on physical library materials may sign up for a temporary card online. Visit https://bit.ly/SPLOnlineReg and then call the Staunton Public Library at 540.332.3902 to confirm account details.

Online Borrower Registration (COVID-19 Temporary Procedure)

Don’t have a Valley Libraries Connection (VLC) card and need access to the library’s many online resources? Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our extended closure, Staunton Public Library is allowing you to sign up for a temporary card online.

Who does this help?

  • Patrons no longer in the system
  • People who have never had a VLC library card

*If you already have a card, but are having trouble logging in, please call us at 540.332.3902.

How do you sign up?

Screenshot of the ValleyLibraries.org menu. Arrow pointing to the words Create Account

  1. Visit www.ValleyLibraries.org (see picture above).
  2. Click the "Create Account" option in upper right corner, fill out all of the required info, and submit the online form.
  3. Call the Staunton Public Library at 540.332.3902 and be ready to confirm your personal details over the phone.
  4. A staff member will assign you a library card number and list you as a temporary user. Have a pen handy – you’ll need to write your new number down!
  5. Your new physical library card will be held at the Staunton Public Library’s first floor check-out desk.
  6. When we re-open, bring photo ID to claim your card. Minors under age 18 without ID will need to be ready to confirm all personal details on the card to claim it.

Online Resources

Librarians have curated a Google Document with free educational resources and virtual tours. You can access the following resources online with your library card.

Follow us on Instagram to view storytimes, posted Monday through Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

NewsBank

Introducing America's News Collection, available now through 6/30/20. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including a number of titles from the state of Virginia such as Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Progress, The News Virginian, The News-Gazette, The Roanoke Times, Bristol Herald-Courier, Danville Register & Bee, Culpeper Star Exponent and The Virginian-Pilot among others. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. 

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Immediate Learning

  • Universal Class – access to online courses in over 30 subject areas.
  • Rocket Languages – an awarding-winning interactive system to learn at your own pace.

Downloadable Materials

  • Libby/OverDrive – for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.
  • RBDigital – for downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. There’s no wait for magazines!
  • Hoopla: Music, movies & TV shows, comics, and eBooks & audiobooks to stream or download to your device. Requires your PIN.
  • Open Library – for downloadable ebooks for some out of print titles and others in the public domain.
  • Standard Ebooks – for a curated selection of ebook titles in the public domain.
  • Audio Book Cloud – all ages audio book database.
  • Romance Book Cloud – a collection of Romance novels.

Kids & Teens

  • TumbleBook Library - K-6 children's ebook database.
  • Tumble Math - K-6 children's math database.
  • Teen Book Cloud - gr 7-12 ebook database.
  • Early Learning by World Book - Early Learning is an interactive website for young learners eager to explore information about the world around them. If prompted for library card number, please leave off the letter at the end.
  • Cricket Media Collection from EBSCO -The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in eBook format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th.
  • International Children’s Digital Library - Features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
  • Kids Infobits - Features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

 Library of Virginia databases

  • Find It Virginia - A carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages. Provided by the Library of Virginia.
  •  Gale Legal Forms - Find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to Virginia code. Leases, sales contracts, powers of attorney, etc.
  • Career Transitions - Create a resume and cover letter or browse new career paths. Provided by the Library of Virginia.

Health

  • CDC - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Virginia Department of Health – updates about COVID-19 outbreak in Virginia
  • Medline Plus - The National Institutes of Health's website produced by the National Library of Medicine.