Lexington Public Library Now Offering Free Programs Online


Lexington Public Library Now Offering Free Programs Online

Vast offering of free online programs and services available to all Lexingtonians 

Lexington, Kentucky (April 16, 2020) – For two hundred and twenty-five years, the Lexington Public Library has served as the community hub for reading, learning, information sourcing and creativity. And while the doors to the library’s six physical locations remain closed, the window to the library’s seventh – and virtual - branch remains open and thriving.

“Our virtual branch, which offers thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, has been growing in popularity for the past few years,” said executive director Heather Dieffenbach. “March 2020 was unprecedented in many ways, including that we loaned a record number of titles from our virtual collection, totaling over 50,000.  We are adding new content daily to keep up with the increased demand for digital resources.”

The Virtual Branch launched its first online-only program in the summer of 2019 and has since expanded its knowledgeable virtual services team to assist library staff with sharing their expertise online. 

The following programs are scheduled as part of the Lexington Public Library’s ongoing digital offerings. Included are several great topics such as early literacy tips, a live musical performance, and mindful minute videos, with much more planned for the near future:

  • Cookbook Club: Mondays at 2pm on Facebook Live
  • Book Club for Short Reads: Mondays at 8pm on Facebook Live
  • Storytime Programs: Tuesdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Sing Along with Samya: Thursdays at 10am on Facebook Live
  • Tech Thursdays: live, online help to discuss Libby app, Lynda.com classes, and other technology questions Thursdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Storytime Program: Saturdays at 11am on Facebook Live
  • Genealogy Chat: Saturdays at 1pm on Facebook Live

Additional programs and services available anytime include:

  • Tales From the Kentucky Room Podcast Series
  • Checked Out: A Virtual Book Club (podcast)
  • Library Cooks Podcast
  • Lexington Walking Tours (downloadable)
  • Lexington Public Library’s Online Learning Collection
  • Lexington Public Library’s eLibrary on Libby and Flipster apps
  • LPL’s Digital Archives and Kentucky Room Online

“The Lexington Public Library is committed to engaging our community in a lifetime of discovery,” Dieffenbach said. “As in-person entertainment options are limited, we are proud that our Virtual Services can provide education and entertainment for everyone in Lexington and the surrounding counties.”

Not a Library cardholder? Not a problem. Please download the Libby app, and follow the prompts.

You must have a mobile phone number with a Fayette County billing address to complete the authentication process. If you need further assistance, visit https://www.lexpublib.org/how-do-i-get-library-card.

The library’s ever-expanding virtual services and online program lineups can be found at www.lexpublib.org

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About the Lexington Public Library

The Lexington Public Library serves a merged city-county jurisdiction of 300,000+ people through a central library, 5 neighborhood branches, outreach services, and rapidly expanding virtual services.  In addition to traditional library services, we support a digital studio with a full array of video and audio editing equipment for customer use; an art gallery; state of the art theater for live performances, movies, and presentations; a job lab where customers can get personalized help with resumes and job applications; a bilingual homework help program; a library YouTube channel; and a "Book a Librarian" program for customers who need in-depth research assistance, reader’s advisory, or help with their digital devices.  Whatever your age or interest, you can expand your horizons and exercise your brain by visiting the "people's university" – your local public library.  Here you will find resources, programs, and experts to help you explore any topic you desire.  Lexington Public Library is ready to welcome you!