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CW MARS OVER ONE MILLION DIGITAL CHECKOUTS IN 2020

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  CW MARS Announces Over One Million Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts Again in 2020. CW MARS saw an increase of 34% in checkouts on digital content in 2020 over 2019. Each year, our use of electronic materials (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines) continues to grow. 2020 reached a total of 1.808M checkouts on electronic content. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of ebooks and audiobooks, especially in a year hit hard by a global pandemic. CW MARS is one of 102 systems around the world that surpassed one million checkouts (complete list here ). "This year ebooks and audiobooks took on a new level of importance for our library and our patrons," said Sulma Rubert-Silva, Associate Director of the Worcester Public Library. "While we were forced to temporarily close our doors and limit some of our services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our librarians immediately went to work to ensure we could still serve the public. A b

CW MARS TOP TEN TITLES OF 2020

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The top ten highest circulating books in CW MARS for 2020 (includes checkouts on physical books, ebooks and audio books) are: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Dutch House, Educated, The Giver of Stars, Becoming, Everything I Never Told You, American Dirt, The Silent Patient, 28 Summers, and The Alice network. 2020 saw 1.8 Million checkouts from our CW MARS OverDrive digital catalog which is a 34% increase from the previous year. For more detailed top ten lists by format and numbers, see the 2020 Top Ten Summary Top 10 Physical Items Borrowed Top 10 Holds on Physical Items Top 10 e-Books Top 10 e-Audiobooks

CW MARS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Updated: December 1, 2020 Updated: September 8, 2020 Updated: July 24, 2020 Post Date: Mar 13,2020 UPDATE: LIBRARIES REOPENING PLANS Our libraries are committed to maintaining essential library services for our users while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and staff. Libraries across the Commonwealth are in various stages of reopening. Many are offering contactless curbside pick-up and delivery. Others have started reopening buildings to the public. Please check your library's website or call your library for details on what services they are providing: CW MARS Member Libraries Email notices are being sent for due date reminders, renewal status and overdue items. All libraries are quarantining returned items. If you recently returned items to the library, they may still be in quarantine and might not be checked in from your account until the quarantine period is over. Please allow a few extra days to ensure the items are checked in safely. You can track items still chec

PHILLIPS FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY JOINS CW MARS

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We are excited to welcome the Phillips Free Public Library in Phillipston, MA as a new CW MARS member library! Phillipston is a small rural town which was founded in 1786 and is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The current population is approximately 1,751. Phillipston is bordered by Petersham, Athol , Royalston , Templeton , Hubbardston , and Barre . The library was founded in 1860.

CW MARS STATEMENT AGAINST RACISM

CW MARS stands in support of racial justice and racial equity . We believe that Black Lives Matter and we condemn all forms of systemic racism and discrimination. We join the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black Americans, I ndigenous people and people of color (BIPOC). As an organization, we embrace the core values of equity, diversity and access and we pledge to take the following actions: Encourage all of our libraries to eliminate overdue fines which present an economic barrier to the access of library materials and services. Host monthly conversations around race and racial justice. Educate and train our staff on equity, diversity and inclusion. Understand and examine implicit and racial bias. Review existing network policies for any bias and encourage member libraries to do the same. Review our hiring and recruiting practices to attract a more diverse workforce. Update policies to encourage BIPOC representatio