The Marinette County Public Library buildings are closed to the public, but the libraries will continue to serve the community through Curbside Pick-Up by appointment, virtual programs and online content.

Curbside pick-up by appointment is available at all seven Marinette County branch libraries. Patrons interested in taking home materials from their hometown library may contact their local branch library to request items. No library materials are being transported among libraries in the InfoSoup consortium and libraries will only be able to check out books that are currently inside the library’s building. Library staff will schedule times for patrons to pick up materials outside the library.

Due dates for items that were checked out in March have been extended into June. When returning books, patrons are requested to put them into the book returns. For safety, library staff may not take book returns from patrons directly.

The public is invited to attend programs online through its Facebook pages. Programs are live on the Crivitz Public Library and Stephenson Public Library Facebook pages. Tune in for specified dates and times to participate live or view the recorded programs at a later date. The public may also look on Facebook to find out more about the 2020 Reading Challenge for adults and the Paper Chain Reading Challenge for families and children.

While the buildings are closed, the library is always open online. Reference Librarian Mariel Carter says, “With your library card, you can borrow E-books, downloadable audiobooks, magazines and movies. You can research family genealogy and view a collection of historic and current newspapers. You can even take online music and art courses and practice taking career- and college-prep tests.”

Even without a library card, Carter states that “Other resources in our library’s online collection are open to absolutely everyone, whenever it’s convenient for you.”

For example, children may find picture books, early readers, and chapter books on TumbleBooks; children get to see the pictures and words, while listening to a narrator read the story. Educators and students will also find help for research projects using an online encyclopedia and databases of journal and magazine articles.

Persons who live in Wisconsin may register for a library card by going to www.InfoSoup.org and clicking on “Apply for a Library Card Online.” Library staff will send applicants a library card account number and PIN. Patrons may contact the Marinette Library at 715-732-7570 to ask questions about renewing a library card or resetting a PIN.

For updates on programs and the latest library news, people may visit its website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find them on Facebook.