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Starting this month, Beaumont Library is lending mobile hotspots and Chromebooks to the public.  Cardholders will be able to check out these technology items for up to two weeks, or for a three-day rapid check out period intended for time-sensitive situations.

The new program is funded through the California State Library by a grant paid for by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed to assist those impacted by Covid-19 and is intended to provide connectivity to people without Internet access at home. 

Three hotspots and five Chromebooks are available for a two-week check out period, while three Chromebooks and two Chromebook/hotspot bundles are reserved for rapid-return, three-day check out periods.

Patrons must to come to the library to check out the items they want after signing a waiver agreement.  All of the technology hardware will be lent on a first-come-first-serve basis with no holds allowed, and there is a 24-hour waiting period after returning items before a patron can check out a Chromebook and/or hotspot again.

All items come in protective cases and to insure their safety must be returned in the library, not in the library's outside book drops.

Click on the photo above or click here for more information.

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Advance in your profession or take the next step in your education by enrolling in the free online Career Online High School program! 

The Career Online High School (COHS) program offers Beaumont Library District adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate! We support you from enrollment to graduation so that you can achieve your goals.

Click on the banner above for more information.

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We want to hear from you! Our library is considering starting an adult services e-newsletter (email newsletter)  which aims to inform adults in the community about library news, events, online resources, and more! 
Help us decide whether to create the adult services e-newsletter starting this Fall by taking this quick survey at https://bit.ly/3ykHCGT

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Click here to visit our staff selections webpage and discover a new favorite title!

Beaumont Library District's Senior Librarian for Adult Services, Josh Kunkle, passed away on May 1, 2021.  Josh had been with BLD full-time since 2017 and also worked part-time at College of the Desert.  He had previously served with the Riverside County Public Library System as the Branch Manager at Cathedral City, after having worked at a few other libraries around the state.  Josh had a wide impact on the local library communities in the Beaumont and Coachella Valley region and his support for libraries extended beyond the professional.  As a longtime resident of La Quinta, he was a loyal member of the Friends of La Quinta Public Library.  A GoFundMe has been created to support his loved ones and his final expenses.  

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Click here to read Joshua Kunkle's obituary.  

Click here to watch Joshua Kunkle's celebration of life service held on June 19.

See below photos of the celebration of life service program brochure and a memento from the celebration of life service.

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Celebration of Life page 2.

 Memento From Celebration of Life Service 


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To renew library items, please do so by logging into your account by clicking the "My Account" button on the library's website then typing in your library card number & four digit PIN number or calling the library during open hours to renew your items. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to submit renewal requests through Facebook Messenger.

The Beaumont Library Is Open to the Public.
Please Read the Following Guidelines:

1.  Masks required for unvaccinated individuals
Per California state mandate, masks covering nose and mouth will be required for unvaccinated members of the public while in the building.  For further information on masking requirements, please see these California Department of Public Health guidelines.
 

2. Seating will be limited to one person per table (or computer station)  to allow for social distancing 

In order to comply with recommended restrictions, seating has been returned with one chair to make it easier for visitors to space
themselves six feet apart and to limit time spent in the building. 
Exceptions may be allowed for parents with their children
or family members using resources together.

3. Customers will be monitored for obvious signs of illness 

Employees who are ill will take sick leave. Anyone, whether
staff of public, who is exhibiting obvious ill health, such as
high temperature or persistent coughing and sneezing, will be
asked to leave the facility and not return until in good health.  

4. Daily cleaning continues with wipes & sanitizer available 

Daily cleaning will continue, and cleanliness of restrooms will
be monitored on a regular basis. In addition, hand soap,
sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available for the public
after the use of library material, equipment, and facilities.

Connect to the world through the Beaumont Library District

Beaumont Library District was established in August 1911 and the building, funded by Andrew Carnegie, was opened in 1914. An addition was built in 1965 and a community room was built in 1981. You can find a current floor plan (PDF) of the library online. 

The library is a special "library services" district and is independent of both city and county governments. We currently serve over 80,000 residents of the city of Beaumont, unincorporated Cherry Valley, and unincorporated areas of Riverside County, all of which lie within the District boundaries. Visit www.districtsmakethedifference.org for more information on special districts in California.

Learn more about the library and see what your library is worth with this return on investment calculator. For example, in 2014-15 the library circulated approximately 64,297 children's books, 30,249 adult books, and 49,629 videos. Add to that 20,167 reference questions answered, 10,144 computer sessions, and 23,765 program attendees, and you get an estimated value of $2,235,050.00. That's a pretty good return on your investment.

"Over a century of service to the community"

"A California Services District"

Check out these amazing online resources!

Our Zip Books program now has an online form, click here to check it out!

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Overdrive is now sharing eMaterials with select partner libraries, access them by signing up for your free digital library card today!

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