Library: eLibrary checks out 7 million digital books in 2021 | Chanhassen Opinion

The Twin Cities Metro eLibrary, a library shared by the eight Twin Cities metro public library systems, hosted by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency), reached a record-breaking seven million digital book checkouts in 2021.

This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of eBooks and eAudiobooks, especially during the global pandemic.

MELSA, consisting of more than 100 library branches in the Twin Cities Metro, is in the top four worldwide (only Toronto Public Library, National Library Board Singapore, and Los Angeles Public Library checked out more digital titles in 2021) and is the top library consortium.

A Carver County parent shares, “My son recently got his own tablet and was very excited to get the Libby app after seeing me use it so often. He has been so ridiculously happy to have free reign to download books and audiobooks on his own. He has it going constantly!”

EVENTS FOR ADULTS

Women’s Herstory Month: March 10-21. The 2022 theme for Women’s History Month this March, “Women providing healing, promoting hope,” is both a tribute to caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the countless ways women have provided these essential needs throughout history. Carver County Library is celebrating by spotlighting local women’s stories. For more information and to contribute stories, contact Linnéa Fonnest, Adult Services Librarian at Chanhassen Library: lfonnest@co.carver.mn.us.

Basic Image Editing: 7 to 8 pm, Tuesday, March 15. Online, registration required. Website and password will be sent closer to the program date. This class explains the different image formats and when to use them. Use free image editing software like GIMP, Pixler, and/or VSCO to manipulate images, and save them for print and web. Funded by MELSA.

EVENTS FOR YOUTH

Stuck on Science Special Storytime at Victoria: 10:30 to 11 am, Monday, March 14. Join us for a special preschool STEM storytime. After stories and songs, we are going to have fun with magnets. Rotate to different stations to build with magnetic tiles, find a “stuck truck” to drive through town and more!

Monday Funday on Facebook Live: 6:30 to 7 pm, Monday, March 14. We’ll read books, tell tales, sing songs, and more. Carver County Library Youth Services Librarians and special guests will lead the way!

STORYTIME

No registration is required for storytimes.

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

Family Storytime: 3:30 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents, and caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. Toddlers and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this age group. For ages 18-36 months.

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Toddlers and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this busy age group. Recommended for ages 18-36 months.

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