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Posted on: April 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Prescott Valley Public Library gets creative with virtual fun, information and new services

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While the Prescott Valley Library is closed to the public because of Covid-19 precautions, Library staff is working harder than ever to provide information and entertainment to community members of all ages.

One of the busiest places in Town these days is the Library’s Drive-Thru Window, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Library staff is serving between 150-200 patrons per day, with the busiest hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The window is exclusively for picking up holds, and patrons can return materials via the drop box adjacent to the window.

The public can access virtually any Library service by phone between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Patrons can find account information, learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks, place holds, and use databases such as Ancestry. Information about COVID-19 from trusted sources is also available.

The safety of borrowed and returned materials is paramount. Community Outreach Librarian Shannon Schinagl said the Library has an extensive sanitation process in place that applies to all materials. These precautions include quarantining all return and hold materials for three days, not handling library cards, and disinfecting all library areas. The Library has extended checkout times to eight weeks, and there are no overdue fines.

Library staff is working daily to provide fun and entertaining new materials and programs for all ages. Patrons can find an extensive list at the Library’s website, www.pvlib.net/

Current programs include:

YouTube:  Story times and read-alouds (one chapter of a book three times per week) for kids and adults, and craft programs using materials most people have around the house. “We are adding more programs and videos daily, so people should check back often!” Schinagl said.

“Materials Bundles:” Children’s, Teen and Adult departments have started a service in which people fill out a short form selecting a genre, and library staff in the appropriate department selects a bundle of books. Schinagl said patrons are enjoying this service as they are discovering new authors they would never have chosen for themselves.

Live Programs: Schinagl does a twice-weekly live online program with the residents of Good Samaritan – Prescott Valley. She said she is available to do this program for other agencies as well.

Wi-Fi: People may access the Library’s free Wi-Fi in the parking lot to stay connected. “We usually have a smattering of vehicles out there, and people on benches, using the Wi-Fi. Our Wi-Fi does not require a password,” Schinagl said.

Databases: Now that the community’s children are essentially homeschooling, the Library is promoting its extensive databases, which includes a special section for homework. These are not websites, rather they are curated information that can be accessed online. Find information at www.pvlib.net.

Many people are enjoying take-out service from the Peavine Café, located inside the Library. The menu is on the website at www.peavinecoffee.com/cafe or on Facebook. Call ahead to order at (928) 759-5509.

Library Director Casey Van Haren said her staff is passionate about providing services to the community during this time.

“Libraries often are taken for granted, but right now, we are the shining star in the Town of Prescott Valley. Our library has been closed to the public for more than three weeks now and staff members have rallied to rethink a new model of service. They have all risen to the challenge,” she said.  

“We really appreciate our patrons’ patience while we come up with creative ways to serve them during this time,” Schinagl said. “We hope you’ll try all of the services we are providing!”

To keep up with Prescott Valley Public Library’s services, follow on Facebook and visit the website at www.pvlib.net/ Call 928-759-3040, or email at askalibrarian@pvaz.net.

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