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Library patrons embrace electronic offerings


May 20, 2020
TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Free Library is closed but the April statistics tell of the effect of the Covid-19 stay at home order from the governor. While books can no longer be checked out, patrons have turned their sights onto electronic media. The 1,725 Ancestry.com hits in April alone give an idea of how people are spending their time these days. The genealogy searches topped the 2019 April count of just 33 by a long shot.

Outstanding numbers include a demand for Overdrive eBooks that went from 60 in April 2019 to 133 this year: Hoopla Audiobooks, increased from 54 to 93; Hoopla Comics had a surge of interest from 0 to 15; and Hoopla Movies went from 13 to 41.

Patrons are not without electronic information and entertainment, but for those who miss being able to ask Library Director Christie Sarles for book recommendations, there is a list of books that she would like to add to the collection on the Country Bookseller's web site. Shop owner Karen Baker is offering a 10 percent discount to anyone who orders a book from the list with the promise to donate it to the library when the doors are open once again.

Customers may call 569-6030 and pick up their selection curbside.

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Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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