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What is the Census? Why is it Important?

Every 10 years, the US Census counts every person living in the United States. This count determines the distribution of federal funds to states and local communities as well as communities’ representation in the US Congress and state and local government.

How will the 2020 Census Work?

The US Census Bureau has sent every very household a postcard by mail instructing them to fill out the US Census online. Households will later receive several mailings asking them to respond online or by mail. Then, beginning in May, Census Bureau staff will visit households that have not yet responded to collect responses in person.

How Do I Fill Out the Census Online?

If you received a postcard, you will on it find a 12-digit Census ID. Go to https://2020census.gov/ and type in your code to get started. If you did not receive a postcard (or can't find yours), go to https://my2020census.gov/app/intro/state and begin by typing in your address.

Need Internet?

Free WiFi is available in the library parking lot during our closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay in your vehicle for social distancing.

You Can Also Complete the Census by Phone!

Phone lines are open every day from 6am to 1am Central Time and have operators who speak the following languages:

Library staff wish we could be here to answer your questions about the Census in person. In our absence, please refer to this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Census 2020 website.As always, if you have any questions or concerns about library services in general during our closure, please feel free to email me at the address below.Wishing you safety and wellness,Jennifer Cottrill, Library DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Library Patrons,

Thanks for staying engaged with the library throughout our closure. Here are our latest updates:

COVID-19 Closure Resources Web Page

Because we know that keeping track of all our emails can be tricky, we've created a page on our website where you can see all information about library use during closure in one place. Click HERE to access.

Easing Library Card Restrictions

Because a library card is required to access many of our online resources, we have eased our library card restrictions to make your access easier:

Online signup for digital library card: Residents of Midlothian can sign up for a free online library card for digital resources only, effective for 90 days. Once we reopen, you can come into the library to convert this into a full-service library card to check out physical materials. Click HERE to get started.

No expiration dates: All current library cards will no longer expire, and library cards that have expired since January 1, 2017 have been made active again with no expiration date. If your card expired prior to January 1, 2017, your card is no longer in our system. Please use the instructions above to sign up for a new digital card.

Unblocked cards: If your library card was blocked because you owe $10 or more in fines or lost/damaged materials charges, we have temporarily unblocked all cards for patrons that owe under $100.

New Online Programs!

For Teens: We will be offering a weekly online Role Playing Game Club on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM via the online platform Discord: https://discord.gg/f982FHR

For Adults: Starting April 2, join us Thursdays at 6:30 PM on Facebook Live for "How-To in a Box," a series where library staff demonstrate everything, from cooking, to crafts to technology.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill,
Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

During this period of closure, our staff have been hard at work to make library resources more accessible to you from outside the library. Here's what is new today.

Free WiFi in Parking Lot

During our closure, free WiFi will be accessible from the library parking lot. To comply with the social distancing requirements of our Governor’s Executive Order, we are requiring that WiFi users do so from inside vehicles only . We are grateful to the Midlothian Police Department for their assistance in patrolling our parking lot when we are closed. If they report to us that individuals are not following this directive to remain in their cars, we may be forced to turn off the WiFi for the sake of public safety.

New eBooks and eResources

Several publishers and vendors have been working with us to generously provide low-cost or free content that would normally cost the library a significant amount of money. Today we were fortunate to be able to add Tumblebooks , which includes instant, unlimited books for readers of all ages!

To access all our eBooks and eMedia, go to www.midlothianlibrary.org and click DIGITAL LIBRARY > E-MEDIA.If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill,
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Dear Patrons:

If you have not already heard the news,  Governor Pritzker has just announced a "Stay at Home" Order for the State of Illinois through April 7 . What this means is explained in his Executive Order, which you may read here:  https://www2.illinois.gov/Documents/ExecOrders/2020/ExecutiveOrder-2020-10.pdf

Because of this order,  the library will be closed at least through April 7  and possibly longer, based on public health agency recommendations after this date. I will do my best to keep you informed via email, our social media pages, our website, and our outdoor digital sign regarding our plans to reopen.

Please continue to use our online resources from home,  available at  www.midlothianlibrary.org  > DIGITAL LIBRARY.

Some of our resources require a library card to login. If your library card has expired since January 1, 2020 , it has now been  reactivated  through July 4, 2020.Some our resources require a PIN to login,  if you don't know your PIN , please do this: 

  1. Visit our online catalog at: https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/client/en_US/mds
  2. Click "Log In" at the top-right, and "Forgot my PIN" on the login screen
  3. A follow-up will be sent directly to your email enabling you to re-set it

If you do not have a library card , Biblioboard is a free eBook service provided to everyone in our geographic region by funds from the state of Illinois. Start at:  https://library.biblioboard.com/welcome

Please continue to check our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) our staff will frequently sharing information useful to the public during this time of uncertainty. If your little ones missed our online storytime this morning on Facebook Live, you can catch the recording on our Facebook page:  https://bit.ly/MidloStorytime1  We'll have another video storytime next week, so stay tuned!


I wish you wellness and safety during these difficult and uncertain times.

Jennifer Cottrill,
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Dear Library Patrons:

 

Saturday, we announced an emergency closure due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and asked you to stay tuned for more details. Today, in response to the Governor's recent orders regarding schools, restaurants and bars, and following recommendations from the Illinois Library Association and the RAILS regional library system, Midlothian Public Library will be closed at least through March 31. Please refer to our website, social media pages, digital outdoor sign, and email blasts for any necessary updates to this information. The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is also cancelled.

 

To avoid an overflow of returned materials, our Book Drop is now closed as well. Please keep all checked out materials at home until we reopen. We will not be charging or billing for overdue fines during our closure.

 

Just a reminder--we have a variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music available to check out through our website, www.midlothianibrary.org > "DIGITAL LIBRARY" > "E-MEDIA"

 

We understand that many members of our community rely on the library for Internet service. Please be aware that during the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast is making 60 days of free Internet Essentials service available to low income families. For more information, please call 1-855-846-8376 (English) and 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).

 

Any questions or concerns may be directed to me at the email below or the Board of Trustees through their emails listed on our website. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we do our part to keep our community as safe as possible during this challenging time.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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