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Ericka Brunson, community librarian

It’s back-to-school time, and this year things are looking a lot different for students, educators, and parents as we prepare for virtual learning. Even though classrooms might be elsewhere this fall, Deschutes Public Library has services and resources in place to help support education, wherever it may be.

In our physical spaces, computer reservations can be made day-of at all our library locations, and as part of our expanded Phase 2 services, printing and copying is available at no-cost during this time. As of Sept. 8, all of our library buildings are open for full-collection browsing.

In our digital spaces we have a vast collection of resources to help support at-home and virtual learning. If you are a teacher or parent home schooling, you may want to access our revamped Educator and Student Services page where you will find a form to request many of our services and links to resources. The library also circulates Curriculum Crates, which have 20-25 books and a study guide on highly requested topics to help students explore a subject in one convenient check out.

Our librarians are ready to help educators by visiting virtual classrooms to provide a variety of services like book talks, virtual online resource and research presentations, and virtual Story Times. We are also able to create book lists and online resources, reserve books on specific topics for pickup at your closest public library, visit virtual classrooms to teach students how to use our research databases, and more.

But that’s not all! The library also has Libby/Overdrive, Tumblebooks, Storyline Online, Hoopla, Kanopy and other services that students and educators can access for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, documentaries, movies and more. We also have Mango (language courses), Creativebug (classes on arts, crafts, cooking and more) and Lynda.com (self-paced learning guiding students through courses).

Last but certainly not least, we are still offering ongoing virtual programs for families, kids, tweens and teens, available via the DPL YouTube channel, with new content being continually added. We have programs in both English and Spanish.

Stay on top of updates and information about services, resources and events of interest to both students and educators with our quarterly eNewsletter, and by visiting us online at www.deschuteslibrary.org. Happy learning!

Ericka Brunson is a community librarian at the Redmond Library. Contact her aterickab@dpls.lib.or.us.

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