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Kern County Library offering virtual library services

Kern County Library
Posted at 8:30 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:32:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County libraries are looking to keep their audiences entertained while they are stuck at home.

"We have spent a good portion of time developing live virtual programming and collating resources across multiple platforms and sources onto our website," said Jasmin LoBasso of the Kern County Library in a release. "We also are working to continue to offer our digital collection to the public, and have made several strides in expanding access while people are sheltering in place."

Those looking for activities to fill their time can head to the virtual library and enjoy PJ Storytime, NASA activities, Hoopla Engage, and more.

Members with library cards can also checkout 2 books for free.

Other highlights include:

  • The addition of Bonus Borrows on the Hoopla platform. Titles in the "Bonus Borrows" section do not apply towards a library card holder's total checkouts.
  • A temporary increase in normal borrows on Hoopla. Usually, the library offers 3 checkouts a month on Hoopla to users. During our closure, we have increased the checkouts to 6.
  • An Instant Digital Access Card on OverDrive []. Through verification of residency using a phone number, residents can gain digital access to our OverDrive platform without applying for a library card.

Residents can also apply for an eLibrary card on our website. In the past, Kern Library cards had to be obtained in-person, but the library said that during this time, residents can apply for an eLibrary card through the contact form on the website.