Barking and Dagenham libraries move online during Covid-19 pandemic
Libraries in Barking and Dagenham may be closed for now, but during the lockdown, residents can still benefit from the services online.
Local people can still use their library cards online to access thousands of e-books, magazines and comics for all ages. If people want to start a course or learn computer skills, they can. Films and music streaming services are also available along with research materials, access to an online encyclopaedia, family history, audio books and much more.
Residents who have never visited the library can also sign up if they are not members already to use these great resources.
Our libraries are such a great asset to our local community. When they had to close due to the current pandemic, it was amazing to see how our library services made it possible for people to continue to access all the wonderful resources that are available to them.
Not only that, the very popular annual Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year’s theme is ‘Silly Squad’ - a celebration of funny books, happiness, and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.
Children can set their reading goals, find book recommendations, and access tons of fun resources. Children are encouraged to read any books of their choice during the summer holidays (at least six is recommended) with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the challenge.
The website - https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge at home.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member of Community Leadership and Engagement, Cllr Saima Ashraf said: “Our libraries are such a great asset to our local community. When they had to close due to the current pandemic, it was amazing to see how our library services made it possible for people to continue to access all the wonderful resources that are available to them.
“I also welcome this year’s Summer Reading Challenge as I know this is a highlight over the summer for the younger people in our borough.”