Harrison County Library System lists branch closures

Sarah Crisler-Ruskey, director of the Harrison County Library System, posted a message on the HCLS site that “we feel that closing is the best course of action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect patrons and staff.”

I saw the message on Monday, 3-16-20.

The HCLS oversees nine libraries on the Mississippi Coast and all will be closed for at least four days beginning Tuesday, 3-17-20.

Crisler-Ruskey said in her message that “this closure could be extended according to how the situation develops.”

The image at the top of this post is a screen snip of a Google map on the HCLS site and the map shows the branch locations.

I got my library card last year at the downtown Gulfport branch on 25th Avenue and I learned that one of the perks of having the card is access to Hoopla, a digital service for borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV shows and music.

I have the Hoopla app on my Hewlett-Packard laptop, Apple iPhone and Apple iPad, and Hoopla will remain open 24/7 during the virus crisis. Looking at the bright side of life, I believe it’s time to start reading one or two of the titles on my ever-growing TBR.

If you use Hoopla, I would like to know what you think of it. I welcome your comments.

About the odd Barnes and Noble email to customers

Barnes & Noble sent me an email after 8 p.m. on Friday, 3-13-20, and I read it on my iPhone while I just happened to be in its store in Gulfport, Miss., only a few miles north from my home.

I thought maybe I was getting an unprecedented deal to remain loyal to B&N during the coronavirus crisis. You know, because I have frequented B&N stores since 1994, perhaps 80% percent off a purchase to distract me from all the overwhelming news about the disease.

Dream on.

The email, which I hope you can see at the top of this post, was related to the pandemic, but in an oddball sort of way, it didn’t mention the coronavirus and the message ended before it ever got started.

It’s like a B&N employee in public relations or marketing hit send before the writer was finished with the email.

I kept tapping my iPhone screen to see if there was more, but nothing else was there.

On Saturday, 3-14-20-, I went to the help section of the B&N website and it has a message that delivers what customers want to know.

I took a screenshot of it to share with you.

Unlike the email, the website message is a noble corporate effort.

OK, now I’m feeling a lot better, though I wonder if the email sender is OK.