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Libraries Connect Community During Closure

Eugene Public Library

Area libraries continue to provide services while their doors are closed. From phone help to online materials and streaming programming, they’ve shifted their focus.

In order to access the extensive learning tools and digital media at the Eugene Public Library, you need a card. Director Will O’Hearn says people can call and get one, and, “Because we know information right now is very critical, more critical than maybe ever, we still are offering phone or chat service.” O’Hearn says digital downloads are up about 20 percent. 

The Deschutes Public Library has six branches in the Bend area. Director Todd Dunkelberg says since they’ve closed for safety, “We’ve cut off all spending on physical items, so we’ve beefed up our digital offerings, as well as putting some of our programs online.”


Dunkelberg says the April community read of the novel “When All Is Said” will go on. Instead of flying author Anne Griffin from Ireland, she’ll connect with people remotely.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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