Hello, out there! We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during our temporary closing, and suggest some ways you can utilize our services until we return to the public service model we’ve grown to love.

We understand that these are challenging times, and we want to continue helping in whatever ways we can. In adapting to our current, but not permanent reality, we’re doing our best to connect with you, our public, in new and different ways.

We continue to offer free wi-fi, accessible from our parking lot. (Just choose KRLS Patron to connect.)

We offer several opportunities electronically. All are free. Some require a library card.

Flipster, a platform providing access to many popular magazine titles, can be found on our website, www.krls.org, under our Digital Library tab (no card required).

Also on our website, is Cloud Library. Use your library card to create an account. Download an app for your desktop, laptop or other device to access hundreds of free e-books and e-audiobooks for kids, teens and adults. You’ll be reading or listening within minutes!

Still looking for more? Explore www.elibraryMN.org and www.ebooksmn.org for juvenile, young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction. You will find a broad selection of topics, including how-to ebooks on knitting, wire-wrapped jewelry, building birdhouses, felt animals and so many others. Plus, they are always available – no waiting and no library card needed!

You’re never too old to enjoy the art, humor and heart in children’s books. TumbleBooks Library ( www.tumblebooks.com) has been made available at no charge through August 31. Titles have unlimited access and no waiting.Tumblebooks’ animated children’s titles can be used with or without audio, highlight each word, and work well for new or struggling readers (login username: tumble735; password: books).

TeenBookCloud has everything from graphic novels to new releases, and AudioBookCloud has a varied selection of all genres (username: tumble2020; password: A3b5c6).

We invite you to follow our social media contact points: Facebook (Park Rapids Area Library), Instagram (@park.rapids.library) and our new Twitter (@PRLibrary_KRLS) to see what’s happening, and share with your friends and family.

Jodi has gone (Facebook) live with story time! If you can’t join her on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., the video remains available for viewing at your convenience.

Mary Schwartz is reaching out by posting awesome science videos on Facebook. We’re posting links to other resources, both educational and entertaining. Stay tuned for fun with more of the staff as we expand our horizons and the library walls.

For library updates, information and links to resources for all ages, sign up to receive our library email. High on graphics, low on text, it’s a quick read and packed with valuable information. Send an email to parkrapids@krls.org and ask to be added to the list.

We want to assure you that we’re working diligently on a plan that will allow us to provide you with physical materials on a limited schedule, by appointment, through contactless parking lot pickup. There are hundreds of details involved in making sure we follow all the health and safety regulations. Our plans are pending approval of the Kitchigami Regional Library System Board, and individual cities within the region. We’re excited to begin, and will let you know when we’re ready to roll!

We understand the comfort in holding a book, and turning the paper pages, and we’ll deliver that when we can. The good news is, independent local booksellers are just a phone call away. Thank you for your patronage, and for sticking with us as we navigate through this together. In closing, we’d like to encourage you to stay home, stay connected, and support our local businesses.

Jodi Schultz is the Park Rapids Area Library branch manager and Leann Willenbring is a library assistant.