When our lending software was brought back online, it rapidly sent out three overdue notices and a bill to patrons who had items due before the shutdown. Please disregard these notices; we are working to resolve this issue.
If you have received a bill for an item that had been due after March 15, please let us know. These items should have had their due dates extended to July 31. We have seen one case where a due date that should have been automatically extended was not and are working with the vendor to determine what and how widespread the issue is.
Likewise, if you have received a notice or bill for an item that has been returned, let us know.
Books to Go
Beginning May 26, the Crisfield and Princess Anne Libraries will be offering Books to Go pickup daily from 11 am to 4 pm in the library lobbies. Please visit the reservation form or call the library to request materials and schedule a pickup slot.
Feel free to make your request as general or specific as you like, from particular titles to "10 audiobook thrillers," and the library staff will work to fill your request. Due to the added complexity, requests must be placed no later than 8 am on the day that you would like to pick up your materials.
You may also place holds on individual titles through the library catalog for Crisfield or Princess Anne,. Please call the Ewell Library during regular operating hours to request material. We are currently limited to items on the shelves in the libraries. After searching, please use the "Narrow Your Search" option on the left to limit results to your local branch. Interlibrary delivery is not operational at this time. If you're using the catalog, please also complete the Books to Go form or call to schedule a pickup time.
Please remember to wear masks and practice social distancing while in the lobbies.
The bookdrops are open for returns. For staff and patron safety, all returned material is being quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. The Somerset County Library does not charge fines, and all due dates will continue to be extended until the libraries are fully operational.
The library facilities remain closed to the public, and the library is following a reopening plan progressing alongside Governor Hogan's Roadmap to Recovery. We expect further service expansion during the "Medium Risk" phase of the Roadmap.
Programs to Go
Beginning June 1, take home crafts will be available as Programs to Go. Please register for programs and then schedule your pickup time through the Books to Go form.
Online Children's ProgramsThe following virtual programs are also available for children:
- Popular library performer Turtle Dance is doing three shows daily via his Facebook page.
- Storyline Online features celebrities reading picture books.
- Reading Connects Us features a variety of STEM programs and storytimes daily.
- The KidLit events calendar includes schedules for creators reading from their own work.
- Authors Everywhere is a YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and activities for children.
- Scholastic's Learn at Home features daily lesson plans and activities to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- Jarrett Lerner's Activities Page includes lots of printouts/activities that encourage creativity and story creation.
For those without home Internet or difficulties streaming video, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is keeping their 24 hour storyline, "A Story Anytime," updated at 410-396-8396.
2020 Summer Reading Program
This year's Summer Reading theme is "Imagine Your Story." Program registration for children, teens, and adults will begin on June 15. We are excited about developing a program that will keep children enjoying books throughout the summer!
Online Library 24/7
Your library is available 24/7 at somelibrary.org with more than 60 online resources. While this access is always available with your library card, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the most popular online resources and apps that we have to offer.
Stream and temporarily download movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers. Follow the Sign Up instructions to begin and then Sign In on subsequent visits.
Ancestry.com is normally limited to use in the library, but they've made it available from home through June 1. Over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. A source for conducting genealogical and local history research . Included are digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 on, The American Geneaological Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more.
Every self-paced language course introduces the learner to cultural insights and grammar specific to their language of choice, delivered through native speaker dialogue.
Social distancing refers to limiting public gatherings as much as possible.
The Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID. Customers can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website at somelibrary.org. You can also follow the Library on Facebook for the latest.