FREEHOLD -The Monmouth County Board of Commissioners praised and commended the Monmouth County Library director, staff and all employees for meeting the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 era with unique actions and innovations that even saw the electronic circulation of library resources double in the past year. Commissioner Lilian G. Burry, liaison between the county commission and the library board, cited, and the Commissioners unanimously agreed in a proclamation issued at the last meeting of the county commissioners, , that since the library facilities were closed to the public on March 14, the staff nonetheless, within two days, had initiated a remote service model staffed by librarians to answer reference questions, offer instruction on eBooks, download audio books, stream video collections and offer online research resources. The library continued to provide opportunities for patrons to apply for library cards using email registrations, Burry continued, adding this was “a service that was greatly used increasing the number of patron registrations.” Staff returned to the buildings in June, the commissioner continued, and offered door side service to deliver materials and also worked to create safe spaces and restart in-library services which they were successful to offer by July. Throughout the entire year, Burry said the library initiated online virtual children’s teen and adult programs with a broad spectrum of offerings comprising education and entertainment opportunities, including craft making to reinforce children’s literature, while at the same time offering online accessibility to thousands of e-Books, downloadable audio books streaming videos, educational classes, research opportunities, newspaper access and millions of resources for the entertainment, education and research opportunities of the public. “Our library system, I have said many times and it is worth repeating, is the best in New Jersey and perhaps even the nation,” the liaison said. “ We have a staff that takes on challenges with a relentless energy and degree of ingenuity that keeps this an outstanding resource for every age and ability of Monmouth County residents.” The Monmouth County library , with its headquarters and main library at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, includes branches in 12 communities, Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Marlboro, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Wall and West Long Branch. It also includes 12 member branches which have access to library resources. For more information on the Monmouth County Library, or to access the programs, activities, and materials available to the public, visit monconlib.com.