Until Wenatchee reaches Phase II of the state’s safe start reopening plan, the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) branches and mail services are closed, but NCRLs wide selection of digital and online resources are available.
According to an email from Michelle McNiel, communications manager for NCRL, the headquarters, distribution center and mail order processing facility are located in Wenatchee, still in Phase I. When Wenatchee meets Phase II criteria, employees can return to the Wenatchee Distribution Center and begin a phased plan to restart services including mail order, book returns, and curbside pickup at some library branches. Libraries will remain closed until Phase III.
In the meantime, people may visit http://www.NCRL.org and use a wide variety of online library resources.
Readers may borrow eBooks, and eAudiobooks, and peruse periodical magazines and read the latest news from trusted newspapers. For kids, there are animated talking picture books.
For people who like to connect with authors, NCRL is offering Virtual Reads, free events held through the Zoom digital meeting platform. To participate, attendees need to register at NCRL.org. Attendees will be able to submit questions to the author through the chat feature on Zoom.
For the visual and audio enthusiasts, NCRL users can stream TV shows, movies, documentaries and music. Users can also access online courses to learn about software, hone math skills, or learn a new skill.