Priscilla Martinez, Loudoun Library Board of Trustees, Member At-Large

Priscilla Martinez, Loudoun Library Board of Trustees, Member At-Large Member At-Large, Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees -- unanimously appointed by the elected Loudoun County Board of Supervisors July 2019

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07/11/2020
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Free learning tools keep students engaged in reading this summer at Loudoun County Public Library.

“Everyone needs more courage. Informational text is important, but emotional text is crucial. While we fight for the wor...
07/06/2020
If You Really Want to Unlearn Racism, Read Black Sci-Fi Authors

“Everyone needs more courage. Informational text is important, but emotional text is crucial. While we fight for the world of our dreams, we should read pieces from the people who have already created it.”

I needed some hope. I shared this with my sociology professor, and he went to his bookshelf and took down The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Leguin. After that, you

Happy National Library week! It's a great time to find out all about your library's virtual offerings! With your Loudoun...
04/22/2020
6 Ways to Virtually Celebrate National Library Week

Happy National Library week! It's a great time to find out all about your library's virtual offerings! With your Loudoun County Public Library card, you can all these resources -- and more! -- for free :-D

Ancestry.com (annual savings of $298)
Lynda.com (annual savings of $359.88)
Consumer Reports Digital (annual savings of $59)
Mango Languages (Rosetta Stone would be $35.97-$200)
Audiobooks on OverDrive (Audible would be $14.95/month)
Freegal streaming music (Pandora would be $59.88-$119.88/annually)

Just head to library.loudoun.gov and have your library card number so you can login. Don't have a library card yet? You can apply for one there, too!

National Library Week is April 19 – 25.

Loudoun Installs Wi-Fi Hot Spots to Help Western Loudoun Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic Loudoun County is offering n...
04/11/2020
Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun Installs Wi-Fi Hot Spots to Help Western Loudoun Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic

Loudoun County is offering new Wi-Fi hot spots for residents in western Loudoun. The county has worked to amplify the Loudoun County Public Library’s Wi-Fi signal so that it is available to access in the parking lots immediately adjacent to the Lovettsville, Middleburg and Purcellville libraries.

Residents who have no reliable internet service are encouraged to use the free Wi-Fi to access information about COVID-19 and complete any other type of essential online business, such as ordering groceries or other household supplies. Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles in order to maintain the physical distancing needed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Users of the service who are not in vehicles are also asked to maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet from others.

The name of the network is LibraryWiFi. No password is required, although users will need to click “accept” on the landing page.

The Wi-Fi hot spots are expected to be operational Monday, April 13, 2020. Service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.

Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.

Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19.

Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an to [email protected].

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Loudoun Installs Wi-Fi Hot Spots to Help Western Loudoun Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic

>> Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions ...
03/29/2020
How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic | American Libraries Magazine

>> Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers.

Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers.

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03/27/2020
American Library Association

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The Internet Archive has announced the creation of a new National Emergency Library with over 1.4 million books available to borrow digitally, and no waitlists. With libraries across the country closed, we appreciate them for filling this critical need.

This article is free for everyone, but did you know that your library card includes access to the Consumer Reports websi...
03/27/2020
These Common Household Products Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus

This article is free for everyone, but did you know that your library card includes access to the Consumer Reports website with lots of helpful ratings and information? YES, it does! If you don't yet have a library card, sign up at library.loudoun.gov and you can instantly access tens of thousands eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, TV shows and online learning opportunities including The Great Courses and Lynda.com!

Concerned that stores will sell out of disinfectant products?Consumer Reports shows you the common household products that can destroy the novel coronavirus, according to Consumer Reports.

#survivalkit #jackpot While Loudoun County Public Libraries are closed, staff have developed a “Quarantine Survival Guid...
03/25/2020
Quarantine Survival Guide

#survivalkit #jackpot While Loudoun County Public Libraries are closed, staff have developed a “Quarantine Survival Guide,” featuring an array of online tools for learning, exploration, and recreation. In addition to the library’s popular eBooks and digital offerings, these resources are all absolutely free. Check out virtual storytime with familiar LCPL faces, as well as resources for students, parents, and everyone spending time at home.

https://library.loudoun.gov/Quarantine-Survival-Guide

Loudoun County Public Library

This just in: There’s more of OverDrive to love! ❤📱 You can now borrow 15 eBooks and digital audiobooks at once and plac...
03/24/2020
Libby, by OverDrive - an app for library ebooks and audiobooks

This just in: There’s more of OverDrive to love! ❤📱 You can now borrow 15 eBooks and digital audiobooks at once and place holds on an additional 15 titles at the same time (up from 10 titles). We’ve also added lots of new books, including 345 classics you can download instantly without waitlists or holds.

New to eBooks? Download the Libby app and get started now: meet.libbyapp.com.

It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a title. Libby has a ground-breaking ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player.

Aww, teddy bears in windows! Such ingenuity in these trying times!
03/23/2020
Fairfax County Public Library

Aww, teddy bears in windows! Such ingenuity in these trying times!

We've heard there are some bear hunts going on in neighborhoods around the county! For an engaging extension of the children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," check your neighborhood's online resources to see if people are participating by placing teddy bears in their windows to be spotted by families on walks — what a wonderful way to bring the community together and encourage families to get outside and stay active while social distancing.

Watch the animated version of the book at the link below if your little ones need an introduction to the story!

In case you missed it: Booklist's online resources are now free for all libraries and readers.
03/21/2020
Booklist Just Announced Free Online Access for All

In case you missed it: Booklist's online resources are now free for all libraries and readers.

The American Library Association’s book review magazine is giving away free access to all its online content.

The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center (WRC) has created new virtual resources for those seeking job and career assistanc...
03/20/2020
Workforce Resource Center | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center (WRC) has created new virtual resources for those seeking job and career assistance during this uncertain time. From online learning and unemployment insurance to resume critiques and employment coaching, the WRC is available to assist you.

https://www.loudoun.gov/1592/Workforce-Resource-Center

The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center provides no cost resources and equipment to both job seekers and businesses. This center offers job announcements, resume preparation assistance, computers, phones, fax, and other resources necessary to conduct a job search.

The Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday, March 19, to keep all branches closed...
03/20/2020
Online Resources

The Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday, March 19, to keep all branches closed until at least April 1 and to suspend the implementation of curbside pickup service.

All book return drops have been closed. Library patrons are asked to hold on to any materials they’ve checked out until the book return drops reopen. Due dates for all physical materials have been extended to Saturday, June 20. Patrons will not be subject to any penalties or fees during the closure.

Additionally:

* Anyone without a library card can sign up online for a temporary card that is valid for six months.
* All blocks have been removed from customer accounts to allow for the use of online resources.
* Items will remain on hold while the library is closed to the public.
* All programs, events, and meeting room reservations are suspended thru at least May 10.
* The limit on Hoopla borrows has been increased to 10 items per month (up from six items per month).
* Outreach deliveries to senior living facilities and nursing homes are suspended.
* Library staff are recording programs and storytimes to keep our community engaged online. They will be posted on social media as they become available.
* While branches are closed, customers are encouraged to explore the library’s vast selection of eBooks and online resources (please see below).

Please check library.loudoun.gov/COVID19 for more updates as they become available.

https://library.loudoun.gov/SERVICES/Online-Resources

Loudoun County Public Library

Neat! This Hogwarts Digital Escape Room experience was created by a staff member of Peters Township Public Library in Mc...
03/20/2020
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Neat! This Hogwarts Digital Escape Room experience was created by a staff member of Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA. www.ptlibrary.org

Hello and welcome to our Harry Potter themed Digital Escape Room! You can complete this escape room as a family or individual, you can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun! This escape experience was created by a staff member of Peters Township Public Librar...

Loudoun County Public Schools
03/14/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

As we announced yesterday, Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is expanding and extending free meal service in our school communities from March 16 to March 20 and March 23 to March 27 at schools and other designated locations. Please note, there will be no weekend service.

As a reminder, school-based meal service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be available at each school and students will be allowed to receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously. Students can receive the meals at the school of their choice, not just at the school they attend.

LCPS is also using our school bus fleet to increase the availability of meal service to students that rely on schools for meal support. Delivery of meals to locations such as community centers and churches throughout the county will begin Monday, March 16, 2020.

Maps ( https://bit.ly/2xDEMTa ) indicating the locations and scheduled times of “meal stops” are now posted on the LCPS.org website ( https://bit.ly/2xDEMTa ). Please arrive at the meal stops early to ensure buses can remain on schedule.

The Loudoun Library Board of Trustees has made the decision to suspend all library-sponsored programs, both inside and o...
03/13/2020
Online Resources

The Loudoun Library Board of Trustees has made the decision to suspend all library-sponsored programs, both inside and outside of the library, for two weeks, effective March 16 through March 29, 2020. Trustees are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.

Libraries remain open at this time. And of course our incredible variety of online resources and services are available 24/7 for y'all -- from music and comics to books and movies and magazines, from STEM reference books and ancestry research to personal and professional classes and language learning! You can access all of these resources via computer, and some of them also have their own apps.

Here's the link to all of our offerings and the list of services below:

https://library.loudoun.gov/online

* Freegal - Download five songs per week and stream unlimited music 24/7. Choose from a collection of more than 15 million titles. Downloads are yours to keep and there’s no digital rights management to worry about. What you get: Unlimited streaming + 5 download credits per week.

* hoopla - Download or stream eBooks, comics, music and movies straight to your tablet or smartphone. Enjoy them as often as you like during the borrowing periods. What you get: Borrow 6 titles per month. Borrowing periods: 21 days for eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics; 72 hours for movies and TV shows; 7 days for music.

* Kanopy - This streaming service offers over 30,000 independent films, documentaries and classics on demand. In addition, there's an entire site just for kids, plus over 5,000 Great Courses. What you get: Borrow 10 titles per month. Borrowing period: 3 days. Plus: Enjoy unlimited access to Great Courses and Kanopy Kids (these don't count against your 10 titles per month).

*OverDrive - Our most popular way to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Pick from thousands of bestsellers and new releases for adults, teens and kids. Plus, foreign language collections: Spanish | Hindi | Chinese. What you get: Borrow 10 titles per month. Borrowing period: Your choice of 7, 14 or 21 days.

* RB Digital - RB Digital provides our online magazine collection. Download current and back issues of your favorite magazines to read on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. With more than 100 magazines on a wide range of topics, you’re sure to find something you like. What you get: Unlimited downloads. Borrowing period: Unlimited — keep them as long as you like.

* Consumer Reports Online - Ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

* Gale Virtual Reference Library - Complete text of books in the STEM, STEAM and coding fields for all ages.

*Heritage Quest Online - Discover where your American past begins with this comprehensive collection of genealogical sources, including U.S. census records.

* Lynda.com - Online learning to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Over 4,000 classes to choose from.

* Mango Languages - Basic or complete online instruction in dozens of languages, including English for speakers of other languages.

* Morningstar Online - Comprehensive reports on stocks and mutual funds and exclusive ratings to help guide investors.

* Safari Books Online - Now you never have to leave your computer: With immediate access to thousands of the newest and most popular IT books, you can find the information you need when you need it.

*Value Line Research Center - Online access to Value Line’s leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities, guides and more.

Loudoun County Public Library

Address

Leesburg, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 777-0674

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Priscilla Martinez, Loudoun Library Board of Trustees, Member At-Large

As a child, my local library was often my favorite after-school hangout. As an adult, I continue to have an ever-present stack of library books at my bedside and downloaded to my phone, waiting to take me on my next adventure. And as a parent, I've ensured that my children (now teens thru adults) have grown up with the same attachment to our Loudoun Library system and its place in our lives. Additionally, having served over 5,000 Loudoun County youth as volunteer Chair of our county's Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as well as Cub Scout Day Camp Director, has also provided me with experience leading youth via the many other approaches to learning that are well-aligned with the services our library system currently provides to patrons. I have served as a volunteer in many organizations for the past 25+ years, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, education, interfaith, environmental advocacy, and numerous civic engagement initiatives in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, as well as in the greater DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.

That said, I believe it's my experience serving as a member of the Purcellville Library Advisory Board (PLAB) that has best positioned me to serve as a member of the Library Board of Trustees and, in particular, to bridge the Trustees' and advisory boards'/friends groups' experiences. During my tenure as president of PLAB for four years, I represented our branch to the Library Board of Trustees, presented annual reports on the Purcellville Library at the Trustees' meetings, and attended workgroup meetings called by the Trustees for presidents of branch advisory boards/friends groups. As a result, I have experience collaborating with Trustees and am familiar with the work of the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees. Having led the PLAB allowed me to be attuned to individual branch needs, while interacting with the Board of Trustees allowed me to experience how Trustees' efforts and advisory boards'/friends groups' efforts complement each other.

I believe having these two perspectives has uniquely positioned me to work in tandem with fellow Trustees and with advisory boards/friends so as to provide the library patrons we serve with the resources, events, and spaces to further knowledge and exploration. I also believe that my experiences managing development, budgets, and investment decisions as president of PLAB and for our BSA Loudoun district have provided me with a firm understanding of fiduciary responsibility and the leadership required to prioritize it.

Finally, with the role of libraries evolving quickly in recent years, I anticipate that we will continue to see expansion of the ways that our library system serves our community. I am humbled and honored with the opportunity to contribute to the visioning and implementation of these new and innovative approaches in service to my fellow Loudouners.

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