In these unprecedented times, we are all in this together, and we will make it through together.

Thank you to everyone who has been incredibly understanding and gracious about the difficult decisions SPL has had to make this month.

Doors may be temporarily closed, but at SPL, you can't stop knowledge and learning. Now is the perfect opportunity for patrons to check out the wealth of digital resources the library offers and explore others.

What can you do with your library card at the library's website, Find something new to read or listen to for starters.

The following resources are available under the Ebooks tab:

* Overdrive: borrow and read tens of thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks via your phone, tablet or PC. Download the Libby by Overdrive app for the easiest user experience.

* RBdigital: borrow e-audiobooks for immediate listening. RBdigital titles are available with no wait. A mobile app is available.

* Hoopla: borrow and stream or download thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, comics and more. Content is immediately available with no wait. A mobile app is available.

* Flipster: read current e-editions of popular magazines covering subjects from crafts and hobbies, entertainment, home and garden, lifestyle, news, science and more. A mobile app is available.

* TumbleBooks: Enjoy a curated collection of animated talking picture books for children, featuring animation, sound, music and narration.

The following resources are available under the Resources tab and are available to access with a library card number and PIN.

You can get creative and learn a new hobby. Creativebug offers unlimited access to thousands of online art and handicraft video classes for all skill levels.

Learn a new language. With a library card number, patrons can access Transparent Language which offers courses in over 100 languages.

Develop business and professional skills with Learning with content that offers cardholders access to more than 6,000 video courses taught by experts and professionals, covering a range of subjects. Popular courses include instruction on computer-software programs, graphic design, web design, photography, marketing, communications and more.

Explore local history as you browse the SPL From Attics to Archives digital photo archive which documents the history and lives of the people of southwest Franklin County.

Learn more about your family with access to Fold3, HeritageQuest and African American Heritage by ProQuest databases. Additionally, patrons with a library card can access at home for a limited time through April. This resource is normally licensed for in-library use only and is made available to home users during this time courtesy of ProQuest.

There is an abundance of streaming educational events, storytimes and more that is being offered by authors, educators, librarians, and others via web and social media. Scholastic Learning is offering a free 20-day online classroom experience for student in pre-kindergarten through grade 9 available at Patrons can find links to these resources at the library's website and Facebook page.

SPL continues to work to expand access to digital offerings during this time of challenge. Keep checking back as we continue to add and share resources.

Those who do not have a full-service card at this time can go to registration. to receive a temporary barcode to access digital content.

Both locations of SPL are closed through at least April 6 in efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Book drops are closed and locked during this period. We ask patrons to hold on to library materials and not return any materials at this time. Due dates and hold dates have been adjusted. Nothing is due during this time, and no fines will be charged.

In the meantime, stay healthy, stay strong, look out for your friends and neighbors. Contact us on social media and at We will get through this together.

Mark Shaw is the director of Southwest Public Libraries.