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The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently recognized the week of April 19 as “National Library Week” in Ocean County and formally recognized April 21 as “National Library Workers Day” in recognition of the valuable contributions made by all library workers each and every day toward the betterment of the communities.

With this year’s theme being chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic, “Finding Your Place at the Library” has evolved to exploring the ways the library continues to serve the community during a time of crisis.

“While our library locations may be closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many resources available to our residents online,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Library. “I want to thank all the employees working behind the scenes to maintain the online presence and keep up with the customer service virtually.”

Whether it be updating the social media accounts, issuing temporary library cards, or maintaining the online resources and entertainment, there is so much happening to allow residents to still have access to as much of the library resources as possible.

Some resources include the Digital Question Box which allows residents to contact Ocean County Library experts to ask questions about online resources, authors, or book titles, the Online Concierge Service that lets adults, teens and children pinpoint their favorite genres and titles of eBooks and audio books, receive recommendations, and offer feedback about books and series, and Shore To View which is the Ocean County Library’s expanding video collection featuring children’s songs and activities, step-by-step innovative crafting lessons, book suggestions, business tips and more.

“Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions in cities, towns, schools and campuses,” said Vicari. “We are fortunate to have 21 locations that help build strong communities, and continue to serve our residents even during these difficult times.”

In addition, in honor of National Library Week some of the Ocean County Library partners have expanded their free online resources. For example, for a limited time, EBSCO has released study packets, eClassic books, lesson plans, Google Classroom tutorials, teacher guides and more for residents who have an Ocean County Library card. Library card holders also have access to expanded free databases of World Book Online until May 30.

For more information on what online resources are available, visit the Ocean County Library’s website