Decoda Library during COVID-19
Tina Chau is Decoda’s librarian. We asked her how the Decoda Library is operating in the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what she had to say:
Like other libraries, the Decoda Library has closed its doors temporarily due to COVID-19. Library borrowers have been asked to hold on to their loans until we reopen. But, the library continues operating remotely.
What is the library doing remotely?
Decoda Library continues to connect people with the resources they need to do their work. We’ve shifted to finding, collecting and delivering online resources. There are plenty available, but they’re not always easy to find and not always accurate as well as relevant.
What resources are people interested in now?
COVID-19 has such a big impact on people’s lives that it’s what drives a lot of interest now. Are there easy to understand health messages? How can we teach and tutor online? How can we keep children happy, healthy and engaged while social distancing? How can we safely take part in BC’s restart plan?
Here’s a sample of resources for literacy programs and practitioners:
- COVID-19 in Plain Language
- COVID-19 Posters and Infographics
- Guides to COVID-19 Programs and Benefits
- Online Resources for Tutors
- Ready, Set, Go: Steps to Rapidly Start Distance Learning
And family literacy programs and parents have been interested in:
- COVID-19 Parenting Tip Sheets
- Helping Children Cope with Social Distancing
- Keeping Kids Active While Staying Indoors
- More Story Time Online
- Talking to Kids about COVID-19
How do you share the resources?
We also welcome individual queries about online resources; just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any plans for when the Decoda Library and office reopen?
I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but when the library reopens, be prepared to borrow new resources as well as old favourites!