AREA — The Southbury Public Library is closed to the public until further notice, with all programs canceled, but librarians remain on duty.

According to Library Director Shirley Thorson, all items currently checked out have been renewed through April 30.

“Our book return is open,” she said, “but if humanly possible, we don’t want other library’s books. The State Library delivery service is down completely, so we have no delivery service between libraries.”

As always, she said, there are no fines on late books. Fines on DVDs, museum passes and Kindles have all been suspended.

“We are in amnesty mode until further notice,” she said.

Ms. Thorson invited patrons to take advantage of the library’s many digital resources.

Residents may download eBooks and audiobooks from Overdrive, Hoopla and RB Digital.

The Connecticut State Library’s researchIT CT website offers free databases of newspapers, magazines and journal archives and Consumer Reports Online offers reliable product reviews.

“Many people already use Hoopla and Overdrive, and we’re hoping many more will start,” said Ms. Thorson. “They might not be familiar with researchIT CT. People can call if they need help using any of our digital resources,” she said.

Those seeking additional information may visit southburylibrary.org or call 203-262-0626.

The Southbury Senior Center is closed and all programs are canceled.

Transportation is available for medical appointments and food shopping. Rides may be scheduled by calling 203-262-0652 by 10 a.m. two business days in advance of the desired ride date.

All Parks and Recreation programs in Southbury have been canceled. The town’s parks remain open.

Southbury’s Emergency Operations Center, which received several reports of larger groups of youths using the parks and basketball courts, said there is no cleaning or disinfecting taking place for any of the playground equipment or outside areas. “Do not gather with more than 10 people,” the EOC urged, “and practice social distancing.”

The Seymour Public Library is closed until further notice, with all programs and activities canceled.

Late fees on Seymour items will be waived while the library is closed.

Administrative staff are on duty from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to answer reference and other questions.

Digital resources can be accessed from the library’s website at seymourpubliclibrary.org.

The Seymour Community Center is closed and all recreation and senior center programs are canceled. The community center will continued to update its website at www.seymourcommunityservices.com and Facebook page at facebook.com/seymour.ct.

Recent posts included a Virtual SilverSneakers Exercise Class, food assistance resources in the Valley, day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing while they are home from school and more.

In Newtown, the Cyrenius H. Booth Library is currently closed with a tentative re-opening date of March 30.

All scheduled programs, including storytimes, outreach programs, lectures, book discussions, crafts and small gatherings have been canceled until the end of March.

The library and the Friends are unable to accept book donations until the library re-opens.

Digital services, including news, ebooks, audiobooks and movies, can be accessed 24/7 on the library’s website, chboothlibrary.org.

TumbleBooks is an online collection of ebooks for children that features more than 250 animated, talking picture books. The site also includes Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, games and puzzles.

TumbleMath offers a collection of math-related interactie picture ebooks for grades K-6.

Families can access the Exploratorium in San Francisco, NASA’s StarChild Project and National Geographic for Kids.

There are online resources for parents, study tools for teens, language tutorials and much more.

The Newtown Community Center is closed. All parks, including the dog park, are closed with the exception of Pole Bridge and Orchard Hill Preserves for hiking. Recreation programs have been canceled.

The Parks and Recreation Facebook page at facebook.com/NewtownParksandRecreation is regularly updated with suggestions for stay-at-home activities for all ages.

The Newtown Community Center Facebook page at facebook.com/newtowncommunitycenter is updated regularly with new information and suggestions for activities.

The Newtown Senior Center is closed and programs are canceled.

In Woodbury, parks, trails and open spaces are available to provide opportunities for physical activity, which can reduce stress and improve mental health.

Residents who enjoy this feature are asked to continue the practice of social distancing; specific guidelines are available at the Parks and Recreation page of the town web site www.woodburyct.org.

Additional resources, including information about childcare is available at www.woodburyparksandrec.org.

The Good News tab of the town website includes links to resources, such as the online classes organized by Parks and Recreation Director Jenifer Miller, so that people can continue to enjoy programming while following the governor’s instruction to stay safe and stay at home.

The Woodbury Public Library is closed until further notice, but staff remains available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer phone calls at 203-263-3502.

A daily newsletter filled with family-friendly material is also available and sign up can be found at www.woodburylibraryct.org.

Patrons can also use their library card number to access ebooks, audiobooks and databases for entertainment or research at the library’s web site.

Teen Librarian and Head of Adult Programming Marla Martin told Voices that staff has been happy to respond access questions. “We’re here to help.”

Director of Senior Services Loryn A.J. Ray has organized early morning transportation for seniors.

They are asked to call the center at 203-263-2828 the day before a ride is needed to the store from Monday through Friday.

The free rides will limit riders to ensure social distancing and the bus will be cleaned after each run.

Libraries and senior centers are closed in Oxford, Bridgewater, Washington and Roxbury indefinitely due to the Covid-19 outbreak; however, a few are still offering services via online.

Martie Smolka, Adult Library Services librarian at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, said library staff are testing different programs at the library such as virtual story time for baby-age and preschoolers.

Ms. Smolka said parents can tune in to a live feed of a librarian reading a story, and depending on its popularity, will determine if the program continues.

Ms. Smolka said librarians are evaluating what can be done on a daily basis and suggested residents to check their newsletters and the library’s website for up to date information and resources.

Burnham Library Director Jean Kallay said the digital branch for Burnham Library is open and patrons can download books, view ACORN TV, access courses, concerts and much more.

She added patrons also have access to Hoopla, which is a library media streaming service for comics, graphic novels, e-books, movies, music and more.

Bridgewater patrons can also access RBDigital, which offers access to magazines such as The Economist, The New Yorker and more. Access to these platforms depends on patrons’ main library provider as well.

Ms. Kallay noted the library plans to reschedule many of the canceled March events. The library website also has links to resources and even offers virtual tours of museums and other cites.

The Oxford Public Library and the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury remind patrons that library websites may be accessed for web services and to rent e-books and audio books. 

Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry said after closing, Roxbury Senior Center staff is calling to check on seniors’ well- being and to make sure they have enough groceries.

“We make sure to ask what can we do to help and we are doing whatever we can,” said Ms. Henry.

She noted Roxbury Town Hall is on lockdown and most of the staff is working remotely. She added staff will serve the town virtually and residents can still call town hall for questions.

“It’s an unprecedented time,” said Ms. Henry.

Bridgewater’s Hilltop Senior Center is also closed and staff members have been keeping in touch with senior residents, according to Director Ann Frattalone.

They have been working on posting exercise videos from the National Institute of Aging thatseniors can follow at home.

Ms. Frattalone said she sent out links of things to do and plans send out handwritten notes to seniors who don’t have internet or computer access.

She noted Bridgewater has started a Town Outreach Program for seniors who are homebound with volunteers offering various services. In the meantime, the senior center is being painted and cleaned, and they are making plans for new activities once they are able to reopen.

The Washington Senior Center, closed until further noticed, but advertised on the website that seniors call for more information and bus transportation.

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