Library ReOpening Updates

 

The safety of our community is at the forefront of our decision-making as we continue to respond to this current health emergency.  The Northfield Public Library serves the entire neighborhood including elderly individuals, newborns and those with underlying health issues.  Fines will be waived on all overdue materials.  Through our website, www.nflibrary.org, you can connect to Overdrive to download audio books and ebooks.   There are also resources for students available to you for all of us who have students beginning home instruction.   Please check in to our website and social media feeds for further updates from the library.

Thank you all for your understanding, your empathy and your willingness to do what is best for the Northfield Community.

July Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Otto Bruyns Public Library will be held via Zoom.  Please join by using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86795187844?pwd=LzRJdkZNYkxGTWFYVDJmK2paTGFOZz09

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Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield has released borrowable Wi-Fi hotspots, and patrons have already begun checking them out with their library cards.

Ever since they learned the library planned to offer hotspots, library patrons had been eagerly awaiting their arrival. These small and portable devices connect laptops, smartphones, or tablets to the Internet, allowing patrons to access the internet from just about anywhere.

Any Atlantic County resident can apply for an Otto Bruyns library card, and check out a Wi-Fi hotspot. Patrons over age 18 may borrow one hotspot for one week, once a month. Renewals are not permitted, but one may reserve the next available device for the following month.

Otto Bruyns Library resolved to invest in Wi-Fi hotspots in effort to bridge the digital literacy divide.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 25 to 30 percent of Atlantic County households do not have access to broadband internet service (U.S. Census American Community Survey, 2013), forcing them to rely on restaurants, cafes, and hotels to provide Wi-Fi. This is where the Otto Bruyns Public Library will step in to help.

The library offers computer help for patrons by appointment, and hosts many digital services, such as NJ job search and small business development. Now, the library is proud to additionally offer Wi-Fi hotspots, so patrons who rely on the public library for internet are no longer limited to the library’s location and business hours.

Resources for COVID-19

CDC & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

New Jersey Department of Health https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Atlantic County Division of Public Health https://www.atlantic-county.org/public-health/

New Jersey State Library COVID-19 Resources https://libguides.njstatelib.org/covid2019


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