Virtual Programming and Library Services Updates During COVID Closure

 The Kern County Library, at the direction of the Kern County Administrative Office and Kern County Department of Public Health, in an effort to address the recommendations made by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California for COVID-19, will be making significant changes to Library operations. For the safety of the families we serve, all Kern County Library branches will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. All scheduled meetings, events, programs, or gatherings are cancelled until further notice.

You miss us and we miss you!

The Library’s call center opens June 1 (call 661.868.0701) and curbside services will begin at select branches on June 15.

Please visit our Health Resources page for more information about COVID-19, health concerns, and links to County departments and updates.

To learn more about our upcoming curbside services, read our reopening press release.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Extended Due Dates

All due dates for materials currently checked out from a Kern County Library location will be extended through July 2, 2020. Materials may be returned to the Kern County Library via library bookdrops.

Library Holds

All physical holds currently ready for pickup will be available when we launch curbside services beginning June 15. Holds through the OverDrive platform will operate as normal.
**Don’t want to wait for holds? We recommend using Hoopla or RBDigital for instance access!
Our ZipBooks service is also still active!

WiFi at Every Branch

Although physical library buildings will be closed, all branches will temporarily maintain WiFi Access 24/7. **Please Note: As of 3/20, a “shelter-in-place” order has been given by California Governor Gavin Newsom and that individuals should only leave their home for essential activities.

eLibrary

With our eLibrary, residents will continue to have access to our digital collection from the comfort of their home. Our digital items automatically return and do not incur late fees. Our eLibrary services include:

*We have temporarily increased Hoopla checkouts from 3/mo to 6/mo.

eLibrary Card

Kern County residents can now request an eLibrary card via email! Our eLibrary card can by used to access our online databases and eLibraries.
To apply for a card, visit: Apply for an eLibrary card

 

 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

Storytimes
Introduce children to the magic of books!
Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and is an important element of early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, introduces children to new words, and introduces them to new concepts.

Celebrity Storytimes and More
Bilingual Storytimes

 

Book Clubs
Join a virtual book club to keep reading and social!
Book clubs are stimulating opportunities to keep your brain active and keep you social while sheltering-in-place. They encourage stress-free environments and to think about the title you are reading in new ways! Join us online for book clubs!

Library Book Clubs
Teen Book Clubs

 

Music Clubs
Join a virtual music club and get musical!
Playing music during times of stress can help ease anxiety and bring about an environment of positivity. Music helps us connect and is an opportunity for you to stay social and learn something new, all while sheltering-in-place. Join us online for music clubs!

Ukulele Clubs
Dance Classes

 

STEM Events
Get together virtually to learn about STEM topics!
Learning STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is integral, now more than ever! Join the Kern County Library virtually in discovering the natural world around us.

 

Virtual STEAM Clubs
Virtual LEGO Club

 

Watch and Listen Parties
Get together as a group virtually!
Some of our most popular programs at the Library are those where we get together and watch a movie or listen to a story. We want to continue that excitement online through watch and listen parties; it’s a great way to join in stay at home activities together!

Cinema Macabre
Dark Dial: Haunted Radio Hour
Virtual Family Movies @ Lunch
Online Film Clubs

 

Art & Crafts
Create virtually!
Create something new with virtual instruction!

 

Paper Crafts & More

 

Games
Play virtually!
There’s nothing better than kicking back and playing a game. It encourages social interaction and play. Free play and games are naturally at home at the Library, and want to continue that play online through virtual games!

 

Loteria
Choose Your Own Adventure LIVE!

 

Conversation Circles
Practice speaking English in a welcoming environment!
Conversation circles are integral opportunities to practice language learning and to develop language skills. Work with other English-language learners and participate in casual conversation to practice your skills.

 

English/Spanish Group

 

Mindfulness and Meditation
Breathe and relax during this time!
During this unique time, it is very important to practice mindfulness, to remember to breathe, and to remember to relax. Meditation can be one of the ways to make this happen! We encourage you take moments for yourself and your family every day!

Breathe: Virtual Mindfulness and Meditations

 

Barks & Books Online Edition
Get reading support from our favorite pups!
Join the Barks and Books dogs from Marley’s Mutts on Facebook live for stories and fun!

 

Barks & Books

 

Virtual Kids Talent Show
Get ready to show the world your talent!
Our Delano Branch Library is having a “Kids Talent Show Contest-Virtual Edition.” If your child has a special talent that they would like to share, record them, and submit it to us by tagging our Delano Facebook Page.

Virtual Talent Show

 

Community Virtual Events
Attend virtual events across Kern County!
Join organizations and institutions across Kern County for LIVE virtual events that are open to the public and the community. These are wonderful opportunities to join groups, see speakers, and much more!

 

Upcoming LIVE Virtual Events

 

YouTube Channel
Attend virtual events anywhere at anytime!
Check out our virtual events on YouTube! From crafts and science to how-to’s, we have fun events the whole family will love!

 

Virtual Arts & Crafts

 

 

STAY AT HOME ACTIVITIES

Explore the Library’s Online Resources page for even more FREE links and information.

Stay At Home Reading Challenge
Get digital badges for the books you read and for participating in at-home activities!
Access Beanstack online or through your mobile phone to participate; other active challenges include the Census Reading Challenge and the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club. Read books that you own in your at-home library, check out an eBook or eAudiobook from our eLibrary, or request a book through ZipBooks.

Crosswords, Puzzles, and Online Games
Use your creative thinking skills and play!
Mind games like these help develop logic and problem-solving skills

What's Going On In...

Digital Escape Rooms

Exercise and Active Play
Get your wiggles out – no matter your age!
It’s easy to spend your days at home sitting around, but it’s very important to get the blood pumping and stay active. 

Family-Friendly Exercise

Language Learning
Flex your bilingual skills today!
Practice important phrases and create digital immersion in your living room. It’s never too late to begin learning! 

Library Language Learning Resources

Library of Congress
Access activities!
Read rare children’s books, record your family’s oral history with StoryCorps, or write a story or poem. The Library of Congress has curated lots of activities for your family!

Library of Congress Activities

Lessons
School in your living room!
School may now be at home, but there are a wealth of resources online to help make learning fun and easy!

List of Lessons and Academic Websites

Printable Activities
Print these at home!
Play printable games, create crafts, and more — all from the comfort of your home! 

Download Printable Activities

Writing and More
Get creative and begin writing!
Access writing prompts to begin writing today! Express your opinion, begin a story, and join written conversations.

Writing Prompts

Easter and Other Holiday Activities
Celebrate at home!
Access activity ideas to celebrate Easter and other passing holidays for the whole family! Join in a craft or story at home.

Coloring, Printouts, and Activities
Storybooks & Title Recommendations

 

 

VIRTUAL ADVENTURES

Zoos
Head to the zoo!
Visit the lions, the tigers, and the bears! Live cams of the animals in some of the biggest zoos, and much more!

National Parks
Head to the park!
See nature’s most amazing waterfalls, highest mountain peaks, beautiful trees and plants, and much more! *Virtually with Google Earth, supported in Firefox browser. 

Theme and Adventure Parks
Discover the magic of theme parks!
Watch Disney’s newest parade, ride some of the most exciting roller coasters, and discover online exhibits. Many of the included experience are in 4K and are 360° immersive experiences.   

Rides and Coasters

 

 

 

ACADEMIC ADVENTURES

Space
Explore the universe!
Launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles, go on interstellar adventures, and more!

Science
Science is all around us!
Explore different science topics virtually. STEM includes math, technology, engineering, natural sciences, and more!

Music and Theatre
Celebrate performance art!
Get dressed up, or get dressed down and attend a virtual musical or theatrical performance!

Concerts
Music for Families
Art
Paint, create, or draw something beautiful!
Create something new with virtual instruction!

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