As you may know, the library has been closed to patrons since March 16th. We will remain closed until it is determined to be safe to reopen.
In the meantime:
If your library card expires in March or April, it will automatically be renewed. If it has expired before that, you can call the library on weekdays to see about renewing it. All materials that were due in March or April have been renewed until the first of May.
These digital services will be available during this time:
WV Deli - thousands of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and movies
Freegal - music of many types
RB Digital - audiobooks, ebooks, and over 80 magazines (best link from the blog)
Gale EBooks - Reference books on many topics including many on medicine, social science, education. Additional reference books from Salem Press may be found under the title History of the Sixties near the bottom of the main page.
Heritage Quest - Genealogical information including census records, books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, and obituaries.
Very limited staff will be in the building Monday through Friday from 9-5 to answer phone and email requests and to sanitize and check in items from the book drop. There will be no one available in the building on Saturday. The firstname.lastname@example.org email account is being monitored so you can send your questions there.
The Facebook account is being monitored by two staff members working from home. We have been posting crafts, virtual story times, projects to do at home, stories read by authors and celebrities, notices from the city and county, a few library or book oriented jokes to lighten things up, and educational sites with free access during this time to our Facebook page.
If you need to contact us by phone, please be patient. The staff that is in the building is doing other tasks while monitoring the phone. Sometimes we are on the other line or in another part of the building.
During the time the building is staffed, we are opening the foyer at the front entrance so that people can access tax forms if needed. Book sale books have also been placed in the foyer. Anyone who needs something to read may take these for free. Since the space is small, we would request that only one person at a time use it to maintain social distancing.
Please stay well everyone!
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Your response matters! Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Either send back the form you received in the mail or complete the form at https://my2020census.gov/ It's important for our community!
Posted by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian at 1:18 PM
Monday, March 16, 2020
Mary H. Weir Public Library Statement Concerning COVID-19
Dear Library Friends and Cardholders,
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Library will be closed to the public
with all library and public meeting programs suspended until March 31, 2020 and or until further notice.
Staff will report and be available in the Library to maintain library network operations, and for continued public access to the online virtual library services. Public access to the building will be closed with staff in house available and ready to provide assistance electronically. Patrons may call the Library at 304-797-8510, and also email the Library at email@example.com for information, questions, and assistance with accessing the Library’s virtual online collection for adults and children of e-books, audio collections, films, music, magazine collections for one’s own personal computer, tablets, and smart phones.
Library staff will be available to assist public electronically between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday effective March 16, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
Patrons will be able to continue to return books in the Library’s book drop conveniently located on Sarah Lane entrance of the Library.
Until further notice, the Library will not be accepting donations of physical materials of used books, cds, DVDs and archival materials. If you are planning to donate used materials, please consider holding on to items until a time when we are able to accept them.
Income tax forms will be made available for public access in the Library’s front electric door vestibule (facing Main Street) for self-serve access. Outer electric doors will open only with interior electric doors closed.
The Library plans to continually update communications through its blog at
www.mhwpl.blogspot.com, and Face Book with information that may be helpful and timely during this adjusted service period.
Our Children’s Specialist will be accessible by emailing and telephoning the Library.
The Adult Literacy Program is suspended until further notice.
As the Library’s public meeting room will be closed, please call the Library and or your organization to determine status of their meetings and workshops. Please check the Library’s web page for update and status of future meetings.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) assisting income filers has been suspended until further notice.
The situation with the Coronavirus is evolving daily. Library will continue to keep you informed of changes to our services. We encourage you to frequently check for updates via our blog, and Facebook page.
The Library’s staff is here to assist you accessing the Weirton Library’s electronic downloadable collections.
All of the above mentioned measures will be implemented until further notice.
The Mary H. Weir Public Library Board, March 14, 2020.
Posted by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian at 10:56 AM
Saturday, March 14, 2020
With everyone talking about the coronavirus, there is a lot of information going around some of it is useful and some of it is misinformation. Two reliable sources are the CDC and the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization page has a link warning about scams that everyone should be aware of.
Posted by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian at 9:58 AM
Thursday, March 12, 2020
April 11, 2020
11 am to 12 pm
11 am to 12 pm
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover's upbringing could hardly be called typical. Her parents had some unusual beliefs. She says she received little schooling, she was required to work dangerous jobs, and most of her healthcare came from from her mother's herbal medicines. In her book, Westover traces her story from this childhood to her graduation from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.
Posted by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian at 12:13 PM