I need to communicate about the COVID-19 crisis

LibraryAware has tools to help you communicate about the impact of COVID-19 on your library. Want to share a resource? Email us! 

Offering curbside book pick up or DIY art kits? We have signs, labels, and tags to help you promote your books to patrons. Search using the keyword "book bundles" or "curbside." 


Watch our recorded microtraining session on Using LibraryAware Templates to Communicate New Changes in Service

Find our Promoting Storytime campaign guide by searching "campaign guide" in LibraryAware. You will also find our previous campaign guides to help you navigate these changing times.    

Here's how Citrus Libraries spread the word about their service.

Are you resuming service at your library to any extent? What templates would be most helpful right now? We'd love to hear from you. 
Showcase your digital collection of e-books and e-resources and encourage your patrons to try some new hobbies. Surrey Libraries created a Stuck at Home newsletter promoting a variety of nonfiction books: cookbooks, gardening, and more. 

Washington County Cooperative Library Services informs their patrons on how to put items on a wishlist to check out items later

Check out the series of webinars EBSCO is offering to librarians worldwide to help them support the online needs of their faculty, students and researchers. Follow EBSCO on Twitter for updates on each session. Submit your questions using #OnlinewithEBSCO.      

Recording and resources now available:



  • Read our series of blog posts on communicating during the COVID-19 crisis and tips for reaching readers even when your library is closed.
  • NoveList user? We've got a series of recommended reads for your patrons, from "calm and cozy" to "troubled times." 

  • We continue to add relevant images in the image selector menu. Search "covid" or "coronavirus."
  • Share these quick videos with your patrons on how to support and transition to remote work. These videos are normally exclusive to Accel5 subscribers but are now available for free during this time of crisis. 

Resources from around the world
Libraries around the world are responding to the crisis. No matter where your library is located, you'll find some great ideas to try. Here are some places to start: 

The United States:
TumbleBooks announced it will make its online libraries available for free to all schools and libraries until at least August 31. Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. Schools and libraries across North America are invited to email info@tumblebooks.com with the subject line "Free TumbleBooks" in order to receive free links to all five of its databases, so they can be shared and accessed by their patrons from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Pandemic Preparedness Resources from the American Library Association
School Library Journal has an updated page with the list of publishers who have temporarily altered policies to allow libraries and teachers to hold online storytimes without risking license infringement. 
Penguin Random House has created a temporary open license for online story time and read-aloud videos
Facebook group Libraries Step Up (in times of crisis) is compiling a list of authors who are also allowing libraries to read their works in online storytimes

Indigenous educators volunteer to teach short K-8 lessons online amid school closures (CBC article)
CBC/Radio-Canada is offering a compilation of Canadian authors and illustrators sharing readings of their books online 
Canada Reads will now be provided on CBC Radio in a series of one-hour programs  
Making the Most of Time On Our Hands - Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) blog post
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Twitter and Facebook is posting daily readings and they’re compiling a list of resources for young readers

The Australian Library and Information Association is maintaining a list of ways Australian libraries are responding to COVID-19

New Zealand:
The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa has gathered resources for libraries and their communities

Get inspired by innovative approaches to communicating about the crisis by NZ libraries. 

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