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The Middletown Township Public Library Staff has created this page while the library is closed during COVID-19. This page will include our virtual events, escape rooms, digital resources, staff recommendations for digital content, our chat service and much more. Check out our Youtube page to see our new videos that will be posted weekly. We will also be posting content to our Facebook and Twitter daily.
Staff will be creating things like digital content recommendations, instructions for crafts, ideas for things to do from home and sharing resources for free online activities and enrichment. We hope to do our best to provide as much content as we can during this difficult time.
Our Digital Collections are available 24/7 with your Middletown Public Library Card. If you currently do not have a library card and want to request a digital library card, click here. This includes eBooks, streaming movies, tv and music, digital comics, and downloadable audiobooks. Check out our Digital Resources page for more details and access.
Check our social media, this webpage or signup for our weekly email newsletter for updates.
MTPL Chat Service:
While the Middletown Township Public library is currently closed to the public, our Virtual Reference Services are open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Connect with staff for questions about your library account, accessing digital content, or in-depth reference questions. Our live chat is located on the left side of our website (represented by a green button that reads “Live Chat”) and is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30p.m. Call us at 732-671-3700 ext. 320 or use our contact form to e-mail us.
Middletown Public Library Virtual Events
Virtual Events at MTPL are taking place on Zoom. Be sure to check out our events calendar for all virtual events. Some of these virtual events require access to our digital service, Hoopla. Here’s how to register on Hoopla. Don’t have a library card? Check under the “Digital Library Card” located on the right side of this page.
To view and register for Virtual Events, click here for the event calendar.
Our Count the Birds program has been extended until August 15th. Participants who enter who enter by August 15th will be entered into a raffle for an online gift card.
Help us count the birds! We are asking Middletown residents to help track the wildlife in our neighborhoods by counting the birds you see from your yard or outside your window. This program is intended to count birds that are living alongside people in urban and suburban neighborhoods, so make sure to observe from your own backyard, porch, or patio. Our goal is for our community to complete 50 different observations. If you post the pictures online, don’t forget to tag us on Facebook @MiddletownPL or on Instagram @MiddletownlibraryNJ using #mtplcitizenscience.
Made by MTPL Staff Member Christine (Teen Librarian) for May 4th (May the 4th be with You! Get it?). Come test your knowledge of Star Wars!
How well do you know your library website and all the online resources available to you just by having a library card? What about without a library card? During National Library Week we invite you to try your hand at our online scavenger hunt and see how many items you can find! You have until Tuesday April 28th, 2020 to complete the scavenger hunt and submit your answers. Players will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon Virtual Gift Card donated by The Friends of The Middletown Library; the more correct answers the more entries!
Count the birds! We are asking Middletown residents to help track the wildlife in our neighborhoods by counting the birds you see from your yard or outside your window. This program is intended to count birds that are living alongside people in urban and suburban neighborhoods, so make sure to observe from your own backyard, porch, or patio. Our goal is for our community to complete 50 different observations.
Made by MTPL Staff Members Katherine (Reference Librarian) and Christine (Teen Librarian). This Escape Room is based on the Triwizard Tournament from J.K. Rowling’s “The Goblet of Fire.” You can complete this escape room as a group or an individual. You can compete against friends and play it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun!
Other Virtual Reference Services at Middletown Township Public Library:
Hoopla, our free downloadable e-book, audiobook and music app now has offered additional bonus borrows during COVID-19! This on top of the 10 checkouts per month that you are allowed as a user. Want to know how to access Hoopla? Click here for more information.
Resume Review/Job Help Consultation- this page is our Personal Tech Help page, but you can request resume review assistance here.
Virtual Tech Help- please note that while the form says “meet one-on-one to assist with research questions or offer face-to-face personal training with technology”, we are only doing over the phone technology assistance at this time.
Our Digital Resources page contains links of free resources (audiobooks, movies, e-books, virtual museum trips, free concerts, etc.) provided by various companies during COVID-19. Also includes links for other online resources for teens and adults to assist them during this time such as educational resources, language learning, newspapers and free online classes. Keep checking this link as it will be constantly updated as new information becomes available.
Go here for recordings of our virtual storytime events, database tutorials, event videos and lots more.
Visit our Facebook Page for new content several times a day. We are posting several times a day, including library updates, digital content recommendations from staff, things to do online/from home, and postings of all of our virtual events and content.
How to videos
Staff Recommendations for Digital Content
- Kate, Reference Manager- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (E-book, available on Hoopla).
- Katie, Reference/Outreach Librarian- Untamed by Glennon Doyle (E-book & Audiobook, available on Overdrive/Libby).
- Cathy, Page- Cormoran Strike series- The Cuckoo’s Calling, the Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White by Robert Galbraith ((E-book & Audiobook, available on Overdrive/Libby).
- Katherine, Reference/Technology Librarian- 8 Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (Audiobook, available on Hoopla).
- Jennifer- Children’s Librarian- Farewell to Fairacre by Miss Read (E-book, available on Hoopla).
- Christine, Teen Librarian:
- The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (Audiobook, available on Hoopla).
- Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough (Audiobook, available on Hoopla).
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Audiobook, available on Hoopla).Comment from Christine: Yes it is YA but good for Adults who like Other Worlds Fantasy.
- Sheila, Reference Librarian:
- Square Foot Gardening Answer Book by Mel Bartholomew (E-book, available on Hoopla).
- Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (E-book & Audiobook, available on Hoopla).
Local History Research Help:
Professional librarians are available to virtually assist one-on-one with research questions. We offer 60 minute appointments to assist you with your genealogy and local history research. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or fill out this form.