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Contact: Rachel Wackett 

Tel: (302) 629- 2524

Email: rachel.Wackett@lib.de.us 

SEAFORD DISTRICT LIBRARY PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SERVICES 

The Seaford District Library reopened on July 6th, and after a successful summer of operation amidst Covid-19, they are continuing into the fall season. Re-opening the library was no small feat, and Executive Director Jerry Keiser, is proud of the services the Seaford District Library was able to provide during these extraordinary times. 

Keiser adds, “It was clear to us from the early stages of lockdown that the library would focus on a safe and timely reopening plan.  Staff and leadership understood the importance and relevance of the Seaford District Library to our community. We will continue to prioritize safety and a continuity of services to our community.”

During the Covid-19 functioning, the Seaford District Library has hit some impressive numbers. They have hosted 25 virtual story times, administered 354 tests, given out 4,612 library materials, 5,040 crafting kits, and had an impressive 9,325 people visit their facility safely. But perhaps the most notable and benevolent number they have hit is the number of lunches they have served, which came in at 17,224. 

This large number denotes how essential the Seaford District Library is to the functioning of their community on the western side of Sussex County. There are so many who are counting on the meals and services that come through the library, and this is why Keiser, and Deputy Executive Director Rachel Wackett, want to keep their focus on keeping the doors open. 

Wackett explains, “While we do have a lockdown plan, should we have to go back into a more insular phase, we are fervently hoping to keep our doors open, and to continue offering our services as broadly as possible.” 

There are lots of precautions in place to keep their library running safely. Curbside service is offered for patrons to access materials while remaining in their vehicles, but for those who enter the library, masks are required at all times. Their computers and hard surfaces are sanitized regularly, in addition to hand sanitizer being provided to all patrons. Computers and classroom spaces are socially distanced for ease and safety. 

All of these precautions, along with the new rollout of virtual materials like Brainfuse as well as the website updates that the Seaford District Library has been working on, make for a well-rounded experience whether the library is fully open, or in lockdown mode. And Keiser and Wackett want the community to know that they, along with their hardworking staff, are still here to serve them in any way they can. Seaford District Library has new operating hours each day, Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 5PM. 

For more information on their current operational procedures, hours, or to access Brainfuse and other technologies, please visit their website at http://www.seaforddistrictlibrary.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rachel Wackett

Tel: (302) 629- 2524

Email: rachel.Wackett@lib.de.us

SEAFORD LIBRARY LAUNCHES BRAINFUSE

The Seaford District Library is proud to announce their leadership role and launch of a new virtual program, Brainfuse. The Brainfuse program, which provides a variety of online tutoring and learning support tools, was funded through the Anchor Grant from the Sussex County Department of Libraries. The Seaford District Library is in the leadership position for the grant, and the other participating libraries are Delmar, Laurel, and Bridgeville Public Libraries. Cardholders for any of these libraries can access the Brainfuse program for free.

Rachel Wackett, Deputy Executive Director, says that the program launch couldn’t have come at a better time with students in their fourth week of school on the Western side of Sussex County. “Students are coming to the library, masked and observing social distance, but also trying to actively find learning solutions like forming learning pods. Providing equity for students is huge issue for us and that is where Brainfuse comes in.”

With the changing landscape of learning due to Covid-19, Brainfuse, which is one of the nation’s leading online tutoring providers, can play a vital role in getting learners where they need to be. Two of the biggest standouts in the program, currently, are the Live Tutoring Sessions and the Adult Learning Center. With these programs, the learning is differentiated so that students are getting tailored tutoring suited to their specific learning styles.

The Live Tutoring feature, which goes live each day from 2-11PM, allows access to tutors in real time who can help with test prep, skill building, and homework. It connects learners of all ages and abilities with live tutors and it is a completely personalized feature. The sessions can be saved and replayed for students to go back to, and they can even be shared with school staff or caregivers to maximize effectiveness and help with retention.

The Adult Learning Center is the adult version of the Live Tutoring, and adults can access help with a variety of tests including high school equivalency test prep, US Citizenship test prep, as well as lots of career resources. Whether you are looking to resume build, familiarize yourself with programing like the Microsoft Office suite, or gain writing knowledge and know how, this resource for adults is a great tool.

Both of these features, as well as other collaboration, study, and asynchronous services through Brainfuse, are accessible at The Seaford District Library as well as the other participating libraries. The feature is also available remotely from anywhere with internet access. The service is free for those with library cards from any of the participating libraries. The log in is available through their websites.

As a community focused institution, The Seaford District Library is proud to help pioneer new learning tools during a time when we are all in flux from an educational perspective. To learn more about the program, or how to access the Brainfuse study tools and resources, reach out to the Seaford District Library by coming in (with a mask, please) or through visiting their website at http://www.seaforddistrictlibrary.org  Additionally, library patrons are encouraged to call their own local libraries for details or visit their library’s website.