What to Do While Your Library Is Closed

Just because your library is closed doesn’t mean that you can’t do awesome things. If you’re looking for activities you can do while your library is closed, here are some ideas.

This page is a living document.  If you know of something else that you’d like to share here, email it to jonathan@lmxac.org.


For the Public

Online Storytimes / Author events / Literacy efforts
  • For libraries interested in providing virtual storytimes, we have received the following message (not legal advice) from a copyright specialist at ALA: “Because of exigent circumstances (the closing of library etc due to the virus), your use of online technology to deliver story time is a clear fair use, meaning that it is not an infringement to conduct these public performances.  Here is a good explanation of why this is true.”
  • Let’s Keep Reading list of interactive read alouds.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (Facebook)
Online Tours
Promote Digital Content
Activities for Patrons
Get Creative with Social Media
  • Canva has created free templates with information from the World Health Organization that can be shared to help #stopthespread.
  • The Kenilworth Public Library is getting creative on Facebook with a round-robin.


For Staff

Webinars, Podcasts, etc.
Library Work Behind the Scenes
  • Want to learn more about BLUEcloud Analytics?  We are now scheduling one-on-one Analytics training sessions.  Open a ticket to get started.
  • Looking for reports?  Open a ticket if you’d like to request:
    • a list of addresses report: invalid emails, phone numbers, and notify_via that can help you clean up your patron records.
    • dusty book lists or inventory reports
    • count report of item type/home location/item category to identify mismatches. (We’ll help you batch edit these records to fix errors without going into the library.)
    • another report not listed here
  • We have created instructions on using the current Online User Registration Form to issue new library cards while libraries are closed.
  • We strongly recommend taking this opportunity to make sure your library computers are up-to-date with upgrades and patches, for both staff and public workstations.  If you have any questions, open a ticket and we can provide recommendations.
  • Check out LMxAC’s YouTube channel for videos on local attractions as well as how to use the catalog and digital content.  Video suggestions welcome!
Collection Development
Find Online Community & Support
Reopening Plans and Guidance for Libraries