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If you need assistance using our online resources, help connecting to local or regional services, or general research assistance please call 860-598-0490 and a staff member will assist you from home.  

The Town of Old Lyme is working closely with other local organizations to provide up-to-date resource guides and assistance for community members. Complete details can be found on the Town’s website.


Keep Reading AND Get Outside to Exercise and Safely Explore…

Watch the video to hear a reading of a story. Then, follow directions to a local trail and find painted rocks that match the story as you walk. Complete details.

Why is the Library closed?

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

About COVID-19 (from the CDC):  COVID-19 is a new coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The virus seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in communities (community spread).  Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

The Washington Post published an article on March 14 that provides an explanation of how social distancing helps prevent the spread of the virus.

Why can’t I return my items to the Library?

COVID-19 is spread mostly through person-to-person contact, but preliminary studies indicate that the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours.  NPR published an overview of the most recent study on March 14.  In order to best protect the safety of the Library staff, we are requesting that patrons keep their Library materials at home while the Library is closed.  All due dates have been automatically extended until April 1st—we’ll extend them longer if necessary—and all fines will be waived during the closure.

Why can’t I pick up the items I have on hold?

COVID-19 is spread mostly through person-to-person contact, but preliminary studies indicate that the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours.  NPR published an overview of the most recent study on March 14.  In order to best protect the safety of Library patrons and prevent community spread, no Library materials may be circulated while the Library is closed.

How can I learn more about COVID-19?

We recommend starting with the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

State of CT

Ledge Light Health District

Yale New Haven Health is offering a call center for patients and the community who have questions about COVID-19. Healthcare professionals from the health system are available to answer your specific questions Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm. The number is 833-275-9644.

What can I do to stay engaged and active during this time?

There are so many free resources available to help you stay engaged during this time.  We’ll be posting ideas to our Facebook page daily, but, in the meantime, here are some resources we recommend:

Check out an ebook or audiobook from the Library’s collection:  Libby is easy to use!  Here’s a quick video tutorial.

It’s story time:  Listen to a popular children’s book read aloud on Storyline Online (or download the app)

Go to the opera (virtually):  The Metropolitan Opera is offering free, nightly streams of their most popular performances.

Learn a language:  The Library offers free access to Mango, an online language learning tool that prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages.

Take a class: Adults can visit EDx to access 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide.

Join a live story time:  The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will be hosting a live story time on Facebook every day this week at 10am (EST). 

Talk a walk: Take some time to explore an Old Lyme Land Trust property or visit one of the Town’s Open Space Trails while maintaining proper distance from others. 

Visit a virtual classroom:  Kids can visit Scholastic’s Learn at Home website

Explore the universe:  NASA offers a variety of online learning and exploration tools for all ages.

Go exploring:  Take some time to discover a state park while maintaining proper distance from others.

Explore a museum (virtually): Take a virtual tour of the some of the world’s greatest museums and heritage sites through Google’s Arts & Culture site.

Take a virtual field trip:  Visit the San Diego Zoo, the Smithsonian, or check out the Audubon’s Bird Cams

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