March 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nicholas A. Brown
Largo, Maryland – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is providing access to free resources and services online 24/7 throughout the COVID-19 health emergency and while the Library’s branches are closed until further notice. Customers can access online library content with their library cards via pgcmls.info. The Library’s wide range of online resources and apps include curated content collections, such as PGCMLS Digital Suite and PGCMLS Creative Suite, and over 85 online resources for all ages. Special content is available for kids, teens, and educators. The resources cover 12 different categories, including languages (Mango Languages), academics (The Great Courses), jobs and careers (Career Transitions), and academics (Brainfuse HelpNow tutoring). The Library also offers accredited online high school education for adults (Career Online High School).
Though Library branches are closed, drive-up public WiFi is accessible from all PGCMLS parking lots and the exterior of permanent and temporary PGCMLS facilities (except for pop-up locations and branches that are under construction: Surratts-Clinton and Hyattsville). Drive up to your local branch to check email, download eBooks or audiobooks, use online resources, or access community resources online.
Customers are encouraged to track their reading during the Library’s closure with the “Spring Into Reading” program, available through Beanstack (March 16-May 17, 2020). Readers can log daily accomplishments and unlock badges as they progress. Families with children under the age of five can also register for the Books from Birth program, a partnership between PGCMLS and the Dolly Parton Foundation that sends children a free book once a month by mail. Register here.
During the public health emergency, PGCMLS is maintaining a COVID-19 webpage that shares current County Health Department guidance and highlights special temporary resources for all ages and businesses from cultural organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare providers, and utilities. Explore the list of temporary resources (Español), which is being regularly updated. The Library is also promoting a virtual events for all ages throughout the closure, including children's programs and health information events. Visit the PGCMLS Facebook page for details.
Spanish speaking customers are invited to explore the Library’s “Su biblioteca” portal, which features numerous community resources and information about the online library. The Library also has a new Spanish Facebook page where customers can connect with staff and resources. Publicamos una página de Facebook en español! Síguenos aquí.
What to do with physical materials during the closure:
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About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, MANGO Languages, ArtistWorks for Libraries, and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads, and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy 3D printing, Minecraft, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) Lab, chess clubs and TAG (Teen Action Group), free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Check out our mobile apps and learn more about what your library has to offer at pgcmls.info.