WOODLAND PARK, NJ –This week, the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting the website www.abwplibrary.org to access virtual services and resources.

While the library’s physical spaces may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the public can discover ebooks, movies, video games, online storytimes and much more — all from home by accessing Overdrive/Libby, RBdigital, Hoopla, TumbleBooks, Newsbank to name a few.

In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community’s needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources, including virtual programs, online crafting, DIY, cooking sessions as well as information about keeping your family well and safe. At the Alfred Baumann Library there are a wide array virtual services that you can find on the website and on itr Library Land YouTube channel. Just search for "Woodland Park Public Library" on YouTube. There is also a link on the homepage of our website.

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April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek. You can find the Alfred Baumann Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ABWPlibrary.

This week the library is launching a special project for National Library Week called “Woodland Park’s Quarantine Stories.” We are asking residents, community organizations, and businesses to record their stories individually or as a family while in quarantine as a way to document this unprecedented time. Responses can be submitted in any media: short-stories, journal entries, pictures, photographs, artwork, recipes of meals you have cooked, or a video recording talking about your experiences. Please keep content appropriate for public consumption. Details for submission can be found on the website. 

The original theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to “Find the library at your place” to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.