April 7, 2020
A few weeks ago, I doubt I could have even imagined the current situation in which we find ourselves. I’m sure the same is true for many of you too. The “stay at home” direction for the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in countless ways, and while it has certainly demonstrated shortcomings and presented challenges, it has also provided some unique opportunities.
One personal opportunity that I’ve taken advantage of is the chance to be more diligent about my diet. At the beginning of March, I started a conscious effort to eat healthier. Being home has helped me focus on only eating what I’ve planned for the day—rather than indulging in unexpected snacks. I'm a pretty good cook, so I’ve only had one cooking mishap during this new adventure, but for variety (and for the safety of my family!), I have been using some of the Library’s instructional online resources on the culinary arts. I’ve also enjoyed browsing magazines like Rachael Ray Every Day, Allrecipes, and Food Network Magazine through MCPL’s online magazine platform RBdigital Magazines.
Another thing that I’ve learned to enjoy over the past several days is the joy of a 10-second commute to work. Having my workspace in my basement has certainly decreased my susceptibility to road rage. Unfortunately, the shorter commute has carved into my “windshield time,” which is when I normally catch up on audiobooks. This is unfortunate as MCPL has a lot of good audiobooks just waiting to be downloaded! The last time I looked, there were about 30,000 eAudiobook titles available to be borrowed, including Game of Thrones, several Harry Potter titles, and several titles from Janet Evanovich. If I can’t listen to eAudiobooks, maybe you can pick up the slack for me!
I suspect, like a lot of you, I’m being forced to adapt to technology quickly. Before last week, I was only scratching the surface of what virtual presence software like Microsoft Teams could do. But the “new normal” has made me explore and learn quickly. Sometimes, I still need help. Visiting a resource like Lynda.com, or looking for guidance in Safari Technical Books, often provides the answer I needed. I really hope my days slow down a little so I can take an online training course on new technology from a resource like Gale Courses or Universal Class.
As you might suspect, I have an ulterior motive with this blog post! My goal was to remind you that Mid-Continent Public Library is well positioned to help as you adjust to staying at home. Libraries have lots of information for your work, your leisure, or to help with school assignments, including Live Homework Help from Tutor.com.
Everyone knows that libraries provide great resources. What you might not have known is how much we have that can be delivered digitally. To access these resources, all you need is a Library card. If you don’t have one of those, you can apply and get an account online. Go to the website and check it out.
Steven V. Potter
MCPL Director & CEO
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