Charity Libraries Connected has launched Libraries From Home, a page on its website rounding up remote services libraries across the country are delivering during the coronavirus crisis.
There are currently initiatives from over 30 library authorities on the site currently, such as Norfolk Libraries' Around the World in 80 Books e-festival, Wirral Libraries' Code Club and North Tyneside Libraries' Rhyme Times. In the coming weeks, Libraries Connected will add more virtual services and events to the listing—including those tied in to national campaigns such as World Book Night and the Summer Reading Challenge—all of which can be accessed either through library memberships or via social media.
Libraries Connected c.e.o. Isobel Hunter said: "I am constantly amazed by how quickly library staff respond and adapt to change to ensure that their communities continue to benefit from their services. During this time of increased isolation, libraries are more important than ever."
Caroline Dinenage, minister of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, added: "While we all stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives, I am delighted to see so many libraries increasing their digital offerings through initiatives like this."
Libraries From Home can be found on the Libraries Connected website.