New online services available at Madison Heights library

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 27, 2021

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MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Public Library is trying to meet patrons where they’re at during the pandemic. With building access limited, that means more online services for the residents at home.

The library page can be found at madison-heights.org/library. Among the newest additions are Kanopy and Niche Academy, both added in December, and Creativebug, added in November.  

Kanopy is described as an online service that allows residents to use their library card to stream thousands of films and television shows. Niche Academy, meanwhile, is a new way to learn about Kanopy and other services available at the library.

“Niche Academy has been on my radar for some time,” Roslyn Yerman, the library director, said via email. “It provides brief and easy-to-follow tutorials on services the library offers, which is an ideal way for our patrons to learn how to use them. It can also be used for staff training.”

Creativebug is for adults and children who are into arts and crafts, with online classes to keep them inspired and actively creating.

Pronunciator, added in 2020, is for those who wish to learn a new language, offering tools and personalized courses for more than 160 languages.

Other online services at the library started in prior years and continue to grow.

The library’s arrangement with tutor.com can connect residents with tutors for daily lessons at no cost in more than 40 subject areas. Tutor.com can also assist with college prep, SAT/ACT prep, writing papers and more.

NewsBank was added in 2019 and offers access to local and national news publications in digital form, including such papers as the Madison-Park News and The Detroit News.  

ProCitizen was added last year and provides resources and test preparation for the process of becoming an American citizen.

OverDrive has been with the Madison Heights Public Library for several years and continues to be a popular service for residents who want to check out e-books or audiobooks, or who can’t make it to the library to pick up a physical book. Up to six items can be borrowed each month through the OverDrive service.

Hoopla was added in 2019 and allows patrons to instantly borrow e-books, digital movies, music and more. Up to 10 items can be checked out per month through Hoopla.  

At press time, the library’s in-person services were limited to carryout. Patrons can reserve materials online or by phone and then collect them in the lobby. The library is located at 240 W. 13 Mile Road. Masks are required for pickup, and no in-person browsing is currently allowed.

It’s with these limitations in mind that librarians hope patrons will consider the online offerings.

“It really is exciting to be able to offer so many new digital services, but at the same time we know this can be overwhelming for our patrons who are not used to doing things online. I want to remind everyone that we are here to help you,” Heather Hames, an adult reference librarian, said in a statement. “Reach out to a librarian if you want to find out more about these services or if you would like us to walk you through the process over the phone.”

To learn more, email askmhlibrarian@gmail.com or call (248) 588-7763.

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