COVID-19 Resources

 

 

This tab contains information to support library governance and administration through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For more information see the pages below:

MHLS will provide weekly Director Briefings to ensure library directors have up-to-date information about MHLS services, news from NYS, and answers to frequently asked questions the MHLS staff have been fielding from member libraries.

Directors must register online to attend using the links below.

Health Departments

Executive Orders

Executive Orders

  • Executive Order 202.5  – “Additionally, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions shall likewise be closed to the public at 8 p.m. on March 19.”
    • From NYLA: While libraries are not defined as a place of public amusement, we believe that the intent of this directive applies to libraries, and therefore they should be closed to the public by 8 p.m. on March 19.
  • Executive Order 202.6 – “Effective on March 20 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m.”
    • From NYLA: While a library is certainly an essential service for the social and cultural health of a community, it is not an essential service as detailed in the exceptions outlined in E.O. 202.6, and therefore libraries who are not opting to close to the public (as stipulated in E.O. 202.5) are subject to the 50% workforce reduction standards. Again – New York Library Association is recommending that libraries in New York State suspend public operations
  • Executive Order 202.7 – The provisions of Executive Order 202.6 requiring in-person work environment restrictions are modified as follows: Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% no later than March 21 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
  • Executive Order 202.8 – The provisions of Executive Order 202.6 are hereby modified to read as follows: Effective on March 22 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
  • Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems:
    • Remain indoors
    • Can go outside for solitary exercise
    • Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
    • Wear a mask in the company of others
    • Stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
  • Executive Order 2020.13
    • “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”
  • COVID 19 Executive Order Breakdown, New York Library Association

Library Specific Resources

Meetings and Governance

Meetings and Governance

  • Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
    • “Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.”
  • GoToMeeting Business Licenses provide recording and transcription features.
  • Executive Order 2020.13
    • “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”

Pandemic Policies

Pandemic Policies

Development Questions:

  • Criteria for closing the library
  • Employee policies for sick leave, payroll, and banking/financial issues, working from home
  • Mandated documentation of procedures or cross-training so others can take over for sick employees.
  • Policies for social distancing — that is, removing a number of chairs so people aren’t sitting close to each other, or limiting the number of people who can come in at any one time, or taking out coat racks, and similar things that keep people and their belongings separate from each other.
  • Criteria for suspending story times and other library programs.
  • Provision of masks and gloves along with the training of staff in their removal and disposal.
  • Standards for the cleaning of bathrooms, railings and door knobs, telephones, keyboards, counters, and cleaning of workstations/offices of employees who go home sick, emptying of wastebaskets, etc.
  • Setting a schedule for seeing to the critical needs of the facility if the library is closed for an extended time (boiler and building checks by custodians, book drop, payroll and banking considerations).
  • Communications plan for reaching staff and for communicating with the public
  • Means for continuing to provide information services for the public, such as online ordering of materials and pick up from a table in the lobby at certain times, or expansion of online services
  • Accommodation of the needs of poor people in the community who may not have a home subscription to the local newspaper or a working home computer
  • Education of the public in advance of an epidemic

Sample Policies:

Public Library Statements

Tech Support Documentation

Delivery Services

Delivery Services

In the face of the unprecedented spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the corresponding action by federal, state, county, local and library officials in the past week, the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) will temporarily suspend holds and the delivery system this week.

This decision was developed in consultation with MHLS staff, the leadership of the MHLS Directors Association and the MHLS Board of Trustees. As you can imagine, this decision was not taken lightly. A combination of public health concerns as well as the logistic realities of our cooperative public library system call for this measure to support the majority of our libraries who have decided to suspend public services during this challenging time.

Suspension of Holds and Delivery Services to Member Libraries:

  1. Holds will be suspended effective 3:00pm Monday, March 16, 2020 for all libraries.
  2. Existing holds will also be suspended at this time, and will be unsuspended when delivery resumes.
  3. For member libraries who have notified MHLS staff of their intent to close on or before Monday, March 16, 2020 delivery will be suspended on Monday, March 16, 2020.
  4. Delivery will be suspended for all remaining member libraries effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. The last day of regular delivery will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
  5. Delivery Services will be suspended until at least Tuesday, March 31, 2020 with a reassessment of these services conducted by MHLS staff, the leadership of the MHLS Directors Association and the MHLS Board of Trustees by Friday, March 27, 2020.

Update Tuesday, March 24

  1. In consultation with the leadership of the Directors Association and MHLS Board we will extend the temporary suspension of MHLS Delivery & ILL Services through April 19th, 2020 in alignment with the NYS Executive Order 202.8.
    1. A reassessment of this date will be undertaken the week of April 13th.

Business Continuity

Business Continuity

Human Resources

CARES Act

Library Staff Diagnosed with COVID-19

Library Staff Diagnosed with COVID-19

In the event that a library staff member tests positive for COVID-19, contact your county health department for guidance on next steps. Confidentiality of medical information for staff members should be observed in this situation.

Discrimination Relating to the Coronavirus Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Library Patrons Who May Be Symptomatic

Library Patrons Who May Be Symptomatic

Libraries may communicate, both inside and outside the library, messages encouraging patrons not to use the library facility if they are experiencing symptoms of infectious disease (e.g. signage, email newsletters, etc.). It is permissible to ask patrons to follow common public health advice (e.g. good cough and sneeze etiquette, hand washing). Libraries should not approach or target any individual patrons or groups of patrons exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness and ask them to reconsider their use of the library. There are many non-contagious conditions that may cause a person to display symptoms.

Discrimination Relating to the Coronavirus Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Diagnosed Case Where Person Visited the Library

Diagnosed Case Where Person Visited the Library

Contact your county health department for guidance on what to do if a patron who visited the library is determined to have been infected with COVID-19. Patron privacy should still be considered in this situation.

See the response to this question from the Western New York Resource Council’s Ask a Lawyer for more information.

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Other Resources

Other Resources

Marketing of Online Resources

We have pulled together marketing materials that you can use to promote your online collection and resources to patrons that may not be able to access the physical library. Buttons and images for e-resources are available for you to use on your own websites or to be requested for hosted sites.

Overdrive and Libby

Overdrive and Libby

Libby Marketing Materials

 

Spotlight on OverDrive

 

 

 

RB Digital Magazines

RB Digital Magazines

Social Media Text

 

Facebook  

Your library card gives you access to a wide variety of eMagazines through @recordedbooks. You can even choose to get notified when new issues of your favorite magazine are added. Get started at http://tinyurl.com/mhls-emag  

 

Instagram 

Use your library card to access hundreds of magazine titles on your favorite device. Visit our website to get started. #magazine #magazines #rbdigital #libraries #librariesofinstagram  #insta #instabest #bestoftheday #photooftheday #fun #love #community

 

Twitter 

Your library card gives you access to hundreds of magazine titles through @recordedbooks. Start reading your favorites today, http://tinyurl.com/mhls-emag  

 

Tumble Books

Tumble Books

Facebook   

Your library card gives you access to over 1,100 children’s books through @TumbleBooksThese animated, talking picture books teach kids the joy of reading. Get started at [INSERT LIBRARY WEBSITE] 

   

Instagram  

Click here to download the moving image file.

Use your library card to access over 1,100 children’s books through @tumblebooklibrary. Visit our website to get started. #ebook #childrensbooks #kidsbooks  #insta #instabest #bestoftheday #photooftheday #fun #love #community 

  

Twitter  

Your library card gives you access to over 1,100 children’s books through @TumbleBooks. Start reading with your child today, [INSERT LIBRARY WEBSITE] 

 

 

 

Universal Class

Universal Class

Social Media Text

 

Facebook 

@universalclass offers 500+ lifelong learning classes online. All you need is your library card to start learning whenever it’s convenient for you. Get started at https://midhudson.org/universalclass 

 

Instagram 

All you need is a library card to start learning! Universal Class has more than 500 lifelong learning classes to choose from. Visit our website to get started. #onlinelearning #learning #learnsomethingneweveryday #elearning #libraries #librariesofinstagram  #insta #instabest #bestoftheday #photooftheday #fun #love #community

 

Twitter 

@universalclass is available to all MHLS member library patrons! Your library card gives you access to more than 500 online courses. Start today, https://midhudson.org/universalclass  

 

 

Mango Languages

Mango

Facebook   

Use your library card to start a conversation with @MangoLanguages. Choose from over 70 languages and learn how to speak with people around the world. Get started at [INSERT LIBRARY WEBSITE] 

   

Instagram  

Start a conversation with @mangolanguagesYour library card gives you access to lessons for over 70 languages. Visit our website to get started. #language #learning #conversation  #insta #instabest #bestoftheday #photooftheday #fun #love #community 

  

Twitter  

Your library card gives you access to lessons for more than 70 languages with @MangoLanguages. Start reading with your child today, [INSERT LIBRARY WEBSITE] 

 

 

JobNow

Engaging with Patrons Online

We have collected the following resources to help you engage with your patrons online. We will be updating this list so check back!

Here is a list of information on online meeting software. 

 

Virtual Storytime

Virtual Storytime

There has been a lot of debate over whether or not authors have permission to allow people to read their books online. Given the potential concerns about copyright, we are recommending that if you have a virtual storytime, you only read books that publishers have given people permission to read.

 

Penguin Random House issued the following statement. You can find a list of Penguin Random House books here.

 

“For Booksellers and Librarians who wish to provide a story time reading or other read-aloud experience to young people who would otherwise visit the library or bookstore in person:

  • Story time or read-aloud live events in which a Penguin Random House book is read out loud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be streamed live, in real-time, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • These story time or read-aloud live events may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that videos of the live events are not retained. Because these platforms automatically archive live events by default, when your event has concluded, please locate the recorded live video in your account (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and delete it. See screenshot for how to delete a live video from YouTube after it has concluded.

Reporting requirements – We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to StoryTimeTempPermission@penguinrandomhouse.com) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:

  • Name and address of the library, school, or store
  • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
  • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
  • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event”

 

Little, Brown and Company issued the following statement. You can find a list of Little, Brown and Company books here.

 

“We ask that if you read an LBYR book online to your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

  • Please note at the onset of the video that you are reading with permission from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for only your students.
  • Please delete your video or disable access within 30 days.
  • Please send your name, school, city, and state, as well as the title and author/illustrator of the book(s)you intend to read online to childrenspublicity@hbgusa.com.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.”

 

Wernick & Pratt Agency issued the following statement about Mo Willems’ books. You can find a list of Mo Willems books here. 

 

Mo Willems wants to help you share his books with your students in these challenging times and recommends the following:

  • A school-based intranet for students only, such as Google Classroom or another closed system, is the best way to share teacher read-aloud videos and other copyrighted content with your students.
  • A closed Facebook group or password-protected YouTube link to such videos, where the video is “unlisted” on YouTube and only available to those with the link, is the next best option.
  • If neither of these is available, and your best method of reaching students and families is Facebook Live or another publicly accessible method, we understand, but ask that you delete the videos as soon as possible.

 

Macmillan issued the following statement. You can find a list of Macmillan books here

During this emergency and when their schools are closed, we have no objection to (1) teachers and librarians live streaming or posting videos reading our children’s books to their students, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis, and (2) authors live streaming or posting videos reading their children’s books, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis.

Reporting

We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to press.inquiries@macmillan.com ) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:

  • Name and address of the library, school, or store
  • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
  • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
  • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event

 

Scholastic released the following statement. You can find Scholastic books here.

 

These are challenging times for all of us and we are particularly sensitive to the needs of children to continue their learning and to reap the many benefits that literature brings them. We at Scholastic are in full support of providing a wide range of online learning activities for kids during this time of school closures. If you haven’t yet, please check out our Scholastic Learn At Home initiative for educators, administrators, and families.

We have been moved by the numerous requests we’ve received from teachers across the country who are trying to address these needs by posting readings of books online for students to access. We want to support you in your efforts and ask that if you choose to read your book online to your students you follow these guidelines:

1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Scholastic.”

2. Our preference is that you post your reading through your school’s platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students. However, we recognize this may not be possible, in which case you may post it through a more publicly accessible platform, such as YouTube.

3. Since we view this as a way to compensate for the closure of schools, please delete your video or disable access by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.

4. Please reply to tradepublicity@scholastic.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

5. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag Scholastic’s social media handles in any posts affiliated with it!

Twitter: @Scholastic Instagram: @ScholasticInc Facebook: @Scholastic YouTube: @Scholastic

Thank you for all you are doing to help students and their families through this difficult time.

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media group released the following statement. You can find Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books here.

 

“Our titles include books published under the following imprints: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Versify and Clarion Books.

As educators and librarians, you may use any HMH title in the following ways until June 30, 2020:

  • Perform a video or audio live-stream read-aloud of any HMH title including through public or private platforms such as offered by Facebook, Zoom, or the like. Video livestreams may include displaying the picture book as part of the reading.
  • Post a video or audio recording of a teacher or librarian reading any HMH title through a private platform. Videos may include a video capture of the picture book as it is being read.
  • If you or your students and patrons do not have ready access to a livestream or private platform, then you may use a public platform like YouTube. Please take the additional step to make the settings non-public (e.g., “private” or “unlisted” so you can share the link with your intended audience).

We would like to hear from you about what titles you have chosen to read using this permission. Please email readaloud@hmhco.com to tell us which titles and the authors/illustrators. To be clear, if you follow these guidelines, you don’t need to ask for separate written permission from HMH. But if you have questions, you can also direct questions to that email address.

We do ask that after this limited permission expires on June 30, 2020, you delete or disable access to all videos or recordings of HMH titles, including those posted to any public or private platforms.”

 

Lee and Low Books have issued the following statement. You can find Lee and Low books here.

“Here are our guidelines for reading Lee & Low titles online during this time:

• Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Lee & Low Books.

• Recordings should only be posted/shared on closed platforms such as a private YouTube channel or password-protected school platform.

• Story time or read-aloud events featuring our books may be streamed live through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Live. However, please make sure recordings of these events do not remain in your archives for more than 24 hours after the event has concluded.

• Please tag @LEEandLOW when discussing any recordings featuring our books on social media

• Reporting: Please use this form to notify us when you post a stream or recording using our books.

By posting a reading, you agree to the above terms which are in effect until June 30, 2020. For any additional questions, please email hehrlich[at]leeandlow.com”

 

Candlewick Press issued a statement. You can find Candlewick Press books here.

 

Simon & Schuster issued the following statement. You can find Simon & Schuster books here.

“We will permit you to livestream and post readings of Simon & Schuster books online for your students and customers, subject to the following. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to these terms:

1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the book “with permission from Simon & Schuster.”

2. We ask that you post your reading within the confines of your school, library, or store’s platform or another closed group with limited access for your students and customers. However, for Ready-to-Reads, picture books, and any other younger formats, if this is not possible, you may post it through a public platform, such as YouTube.

3. For these younger formats, it is fine to read the entire book. For chapter books and novels, the readings should be limited to a few chapters.

4. Since this is a way to deal with the current extraordinary situation, your video should be deleted or access disabled by no later than June 30, 2020.

5. If you are an educator or librarian, email us at Education.Library@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, school, city, and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date. If you are a bookseller, email us at ChildrensPublicity@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, store, location, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date.

6. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so educators and librarians, please tag Simon & Schuster Education & Library’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SSEdLib

Instagram: @SSEdLib

Facebook: @SSEdLib

And booksellers, please tag Simon & Schuster’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SimonKids

Instagram: @SimonKids

Facebook: @SimonKids

Any recordings that Simon & Schuster Children’s authors have made and posted may be used in the same way during this period of time.”

 

HarperCollins issued the following statement. You can find HarperCollins books here.

“We are granting permission to educators and librarians to read HarperCollins Children’s Books titles online, on video, through the end of the school year. These virtual readings may be streamed live via digital platforms, or if recorded, posted to closed educational platforms. If a closed platform is unavailable, recorded videos of readings may be uploaded to YouTube as long as they are marked “Unlisted”. We ask that any educators or librarians performing or posting readings please do the following, as conditions of this grant of permission:

1. At the beginning of the reading, state it is “with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books”.

2. Send their name, school or library, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book they intend to read online to ChildrensPermissions@HARPERCOLLINS.com.

3. Delete uploaded or archived videos or, in the event the applicable platform does not permit deletion, disable access to uploaded videos, by the end of the local school year.”

 

Lerner has released the following statement. You can find Lerner books here.

“We are granting a temporary license to educators and librarians who would like to use our books to support their students and patrons via distance learning and remote access with the following stipulations:

  • A one-time, non-dramatic reading of the book, for educational and non-commercial purposes only
  • The reading shall not be publicly shared/broadcast on Youtube/Facebook or other social media platforms, unless posted “Unlisted” (not “Public”), and shall not be used as a means to generate income via advertising or any other fee
  • The reading shall be removed from all formats, including live videos that have been archived, by June 30, 2020
  • Please begin the video or recording with a statement that you are reading with permission of Lerner Publishing Group
  • The following imprints are covered by this agreement: Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab, Darby Creek, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Graphic Universe, Kar-Ben Publishing, Lerner Classroom, Lerner Digital, Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Twenty-First Century Books, Zest Books. Imprints or publishers listed in our catalog but not listed above are NOT COVERED by this license and permission must be sought directly.
  • ·With all readings, you must include the following notice: Displayed with the permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. “Title” by Author, illustrated by Illustrator. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Please fill out this form within 10 days to alert us of your use: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1z_bHMG-08gxzZC3eBgui9FwP66KAnQcxTlxviB464co/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true

Please email permissions@lernerbooks.com with any questions.”

 

Abrams Children’s Books has released the following statement. You can find Abrams books here.

“ABRAMS is eager to support and encourage the creative efforts of educators and others who are providing remote learning in this environment. We would be happy if you chose one or more of our books to read online to your students and participants. We ask that you follow these guidelines when doing so:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission of Abrams Children’s Books, and please note the title, author, and illustrator of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.
  • Please send an email to permissions@abramsbooks.com with your name, school, city, state, the title and author/illustrator of the book(s) you would like to read online, as well as a follow-up email with a link to your video once you’ve read it.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.

Booksellers and librarians who are doing similar readings and/or live events should also follow the above guidelines.

Please note: Any bookseller or librarian event may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform used.

Any other organization or charity that is interested in doing online reading of our books should contact us at permissions@abramsbooks.com .”

 

Disney Publishing Worldwide has released the following statement. You can find Disney Publishing Worldwide books here.

“With the increase in school closures, and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Disney Publishing Worldwide has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We support the efforts of educators and librarians who wish to provide remote learning at this time. Our permission is limited to Disney Press titles. If you are not sure which category a book falls into, please reach out to us at the following address: Dina.Sherman@Disney.com.

We ask that if you read a Disney Press book online for your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide, and please note the title of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.
  • Please send an email to Dina.Sherman@Disney.com with your name, school, city, state, and the title and of the book(s) you read online with a link to your video.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.
  • These terms are in effect until June 30, 2020.

Please note that other organizations interested in posting videos of your Disney Press title reading will need to contact Dina.Sherman@Disney.com who will evaluate their request.”

 

Chronicle Books has released a statement. You can find Chronicle Books here.

 

Peachtree has released the following statement. You can find Peachtree books here.

“We at Peachtree want to do everything we can to help kids and parents, and educators and librarians, cope with the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in now while protecting the hard work of our authors and illustrators. Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc. is happy to share a resource page full of free downloadable teacher’s guides, and activity sheets.

We would be happy to allow you to read our titles to your library members, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We ask you to follow these guidelines:
  • At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the title “with permission from Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc.”
  • Please post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only.
  • Please delete your video by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.
  • Please reply to permission@peachtree-online.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

We would also love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag us on social media in any posts affiliated with it!”

 

Crabtree Publishing has released the following statement. You can find Crabtree books here.

 

“Teachers, librarians,home-educators and parents may use any Crabtree Publishing title in a read-along for non-commercial use until June 30, 2020 as follows:

• At the beginning of the recording/live video, please indicate that you are reading with permission from Crabtree Publishing and reference the author.

• Video live streams may include displaying the book as part of the reading.

• Teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, and clergy are granted permission to read any Crabtree Publishing title to their patrons, students, and children through virtual means(public or private platforms). Refer to conditions of recorded use below.

• Recordings of video or live-stream read-alouds through public or private platforms (ie Facebook Live, Instagram, Zoom, Youtube Live and other such means) are allowed under the condition the recordings of these events are removed from your archives by June 30, 2020.

• Please email permissions@crabtreebooks.com to notify us when you post a stream or recording using Crabtree Publishing books and include the following information:

– Name and address of library, school, institution, individual

– Title and author of book that is read

– Link or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted

• We would love to see our books featured in your read-alongs so kindly tag Crabtree Publishing when referencing these recordings on social media!

Twitter

: @CrabtreePub

Facebook

: @CrabtreePublishing

Instagram

: @CrabtreePublishing

By participating in a read-along recording using Crabtree Publishing books, you agree to the above terms, which are in effect until June 30, 2020. Should you have additional questions, please email permissions@crabtreebooks.com”

 

Holiday House has released the following statement. You can find Holiday House books here.

“We are thrilled for you to share our books with young readers, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We can permit the creation of virtual read-alouds at no charge within a closed platform for non-commercial use only, and as long as the video is removed after a limited time (30 days), and you acknowledge the author/artist and Holiday House. We cannot grant permission for these videos to be posted publicly to YouTube at this time.

Holiday House Terms:

  1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading “with permission from Holiday House Publishing.”
  2. Post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only, not for commercial use.
  3. Please delete your video within thirty (30) days from date of posting.
  4. Send an email to rights@holidayhouse.com with your name, school or library, city and state, the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online, and what platform you plan to host the reading on.

By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.”

 

 

Amigos Library Services has provided access to the archived webinar Know & Go: Spotlight on Virtual Storytimes. This can be helpful if you want to host a virtual storytime but aren’t sure where to start.

 

Google has provided a webpage on how to Teach from Home with tools to help you host a virtual storytime if you have access to G Suite.

 

If you’re camera-shy or don’t have the technology to host a virtual storytime, there are plenty of videos online of actors, authors, and even astronauts reading stories for you to share with your community.

 

Storyline Online – Watch celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storytime from Space – Watch astronauts read books in the International Space Station.

The Spanish ExperimentWell-known children’s stories are translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English.

The Fable Cottage –  The Fable Cottage features high quality, modern retellings of classic fables in languages like Spanish, German, and French.

Pete the Cat Virtual Storytime – Pete the Cat creator James Dean has been hosting live readings and drawing tutorials on Instagram every day.

Save with Stories – Actors and actresses read a different story on Instagram every day.

Mac Barnett will be reading a book aloud each day at 3 pm ET on Instagram.

Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books every weekday at 2 pm ET on Instagram.

Dav Pilkey at Home – Dav Pilkey at Home will feature new video content created by Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET on social media channels and the websites of the Library of Congress and Scholastic.

 

 

Online Learning

Universal Class – All libraries in our system have access to Universal Class. Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

 

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Free Webinars – From March 17 through April 3, 2020 the NYG&B will be offering free webinars on genealogy and New York history.

 

Scholastic Learn At Home – Scholastic is offering these free classes for children. Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers.

 

Imagineering in a Box – This is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences.

 

Hour of Code  – Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

 

Online Cookery School – These videos and recipes take patrons by the hand, step by step. They can learn to cook in their own time and at their own pace.

 

College Admissions and GED Test Preparation Resources from EBSCO LearningExpress – Free access through June 30, 2020

 

Skype a Scientist – Skype a Scientist matches scientists with people all around the world! Families at home during this pandemic can get a scientist virtually into their living room and learn about all sorts of topics.

Live Cameras and Events

Live Virtual Concerts – NPR has curated this list of live virtual concerts people can watch online. The list is updated regularly.

 

Live Classical Concerts – The New York Classical Review has a list of streaming classical events, mostly free, that are available online.

 

Center for Puppetry Arts – The Center for Puppetry Arts has expanded its Digital Learning platform to include live streaming. Enjoy curriculum-based workshops and Digital Learning interactive puppet shows from the safety and comfort of home.

 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Mo Willems is hosting a daily livestream doodle session for kids at 1:00 EST

 

Draw Everyday with JJK – Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting a drawing studio on weekdays at 2 pm.

 

Berkner Breaks with the Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner is hosting concerts from her living room on weekday mornings. Join Laurie on Facebook Live at 10 am EST or catch up later.

 

SafariLIVE – WildEarth runs expert-hosted live safaris in the heart of the African wilderness. Experience one of the most beautiful places on earth and interact with their experts in real-time.

 

Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY – At 4:00 PM every Wednesday, join the Trevor Zoo staff for a fun-filled, educational experience.

 

Virtual Marine Biology Camp –  Scientists running Seattle-based Oceans Initiative are streaming videos Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. PST and providing activities to help families occupy some time while kids are out of school due to the coronavirus.

 

Stay At Home Online Concerts – Stay at Home Fest harnesses the power of the internet for good, by creating a central hub to find all the fantastic decentralized events that are happening online, and aiding music discovery during the global pandemic.

 

Virtual Visits

Animal Cameras at the San Diego Zoo – Watch live footage from the San Diego Zoo.

 

Aquarium Cameras at the Georgia Aquarium – Watch live footage from Georgia Aquarium.

 

Google Arts and Culture – Visit museums and explore artwork with Google Arts and Culture.

 

British Museum – Explore artifacts that are kept at the British Museum with a fun and interactive website.

 

Online Interactive Programs

Drawdown EcoChallenge – Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming. Over eighty actions within seven challenge categories provide participants with diverse options to reduce carbon usage.

 

Create an Online Book Group – Using Facebook or Goodreads, make an online book group where members can meet virtually.

 

Zooniverse – Challenge your patrons to contribute to scientific research! The Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.

 

Kahoot Trivia – Host an online trivia event using Kahoot! You can make up your own trivia questions or use a set of questions made by another Kahoot user. Kahoot will be hosting two webinars on how to host a game remotely, one on March 20, and one on March 24.

 

Remote Staff Training

The following are remote staff training and education opportunities that are available to staff working from home.

 

COVID-19 Specific Training

Classes and Webinars

 

Online Learning

  • Universal Class – provides certificates of completion and training on many job skills and software.
  • Library Journal – complete online access (Email: access@libraryjournal.com Password: LJfullaccess
  • Tech Talk – Due to the nationwide shutdown of schools, libraries and academic institutions, and the resulting need for more online learning, Shared Results International is making Tech-Talk content available for free for students, teachers and patrons.

 

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