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Opinion

Batavia Public Library hosts virtual programming

Batavia Public Library
Batavia Public Library

While the Batavia Public Library is closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the librarians are working behind the scenes to educate, entertain, and keep you informed. In April and May, we will be providing virtual programming via the internet. Please check our online calendar at bataviapubliclibrary.org for full information and registration details for the following virtual programs.

Do you miss our popular series, Sundays on Stage? In April and May, you will be able to enjoy these entertaining programs from the comfort of your living room via the internet. Join us on April 26 at 2 P.M. for Chicago: True Stories of the 1920s. Travel back in time when Martina Mathisen portrays a fun and funny flapper named Flora. Through the magic of YouTube, Flora tells how fashion, crime, and prohibition, mixed with explosive creativity, shaped the decade of the century. Register by emailing askus@bataviapubliclibrary.org and putting "Chicago" in the subject line. We will email you the link to the online program.

On May 31 at 2 P.M., you are invited to a virtual tea with Florence Nightingale, “The Lady with the Lamp,” on her 200th birthday. Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses she trained during the Crimean War, where she organized the care of wounded soldiers. Storyteller, playwright, and actress Megan Wells will portray Nightingale.  Register by emailing askus@bataviapubliclibrary.org and putting “Florence” in the subject line. We will email you the link to this online program. 

Here's your chance to participate in the Library’s first-ever virtual book discussion. This month we will be meeting via Zoom. Your assignment is to read a book you have always meant to read. Then join us for a virtual discussion on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 P.M. We will each talk about the book we chose and what the reading experience was like. Register with this link: tinyurl.com/ww4qqdp. Do you need a book to read? Find eBooks and eAudiobooks available through the library’s website with your Batavia Public Library card at bataviapubliclibrary.org/ebooks-emedia.

Your stay at home may be providing you with a good opportunity to work on your family history. Do you need some questions answered before you can go further with your genealogy research? Join genealogy librarians from around the state on a Zoom chat and have your questions answered. Check our online calendar and register for Break Down Brick Walls on Wednesday, April 29, at 6 P.M.

Has your family ever tried an escape room game? Even though you cannot enter the library right now, you can still play our Escape Room games at tinyurl.com/tjzxfdw. Using the internet to help figure out the answers is absolutely allowed. 
 

Free Comic Book Day is usually the first Saturday in May. Unfortunately, it has been necessary to postpone Free Comic Book Day until later in the summer. In the meantime, you can read comics for free on HOOPLA available through our website at bataviapubliclibrary.org/ebooks-emedia.

How are you feeling during the COVID-19 isolation? Share your story of staying home on our new blog, Isolation Stories. Does it feel weird to stay in your house so much? How are you filling the time? Have you tried anything new? Were you scared about the pandemic? Stories will be collected for the local historical record of this unprecedented international pandemic event. Share your story:  bataviapubliclibrary.typepad.com/isolation_stories. 

Do you need help or have questions? Connect with us by email at askus@bataviapubliclibrary.org or text 66746, enter askBPL and then type your question.

Patricia Leonard is the promotional services manager for the Batavia Public Library. The “@ Your Library” column runs the fourth Thursday of each month.

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