LPL's COVID-19 Response Information

When will the library reopen?

The Lunenburg Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen will make a decision on when town offices can safely reopen to the public. They work with the advice of professionals, including the Department of Health, emergency officials and library staff. The town offices may open in stages. If you have not seen it, please read the Town Manger's latest Public Service Announcement . She notes that the town offices will not be open to the public on May 18th and includes other important details. Some of the factors that may affect the library’s opening date, hours and services:

  • The guidance of the Governor’s phased reopening plan.
  • Evidence of little or no community transmission in our area.
  • The development of plans and procedures to protect patrons in a high-density, high-touch indoor public space.
  • The availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)–such as masks and gloves–and approved disinfectants/wipes for non-medical and non-emergency workers.
  • More information about children’s safety in indoor public spaces.
  • The results of the IMLS/Battelle study, which focuses on how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) lives on library materials.
  • The completion of repairs and renovations related to COVID-19.
  • Building inspections and clearance for public occupancy.
  • Guidance from the Health Department, Police Department and other officials on safe reopening, maintenance and cleaning procedures.

Please be patient while we learn more about COVID-19. More research is on the way. We are doing everything we can to make sure that when the library opens, it is safe for you and your family to visit. Until then please enjoy our online and correspondence services, and keep in touch for updates.

If you have any questions you can contact the library at 978-582-4140 or email .

Stay in; reach out

This is a hard and frightening time for a lot of people, especially our elders and other vulnerable people who are being asked to stay in. People who work in retail and food service; authors and performers; and gig workers may be facing a sudden loss in income. If you are at less risk, consider how you might help your neighbors, including calling elders frequently so they know they are not alone.

It is normal to feel stressed and uncertain during a disaster. You can call 877-382-1609 for emergency mental health and crisis support. And if you are in a good place, consider volunteering for a mental health hotline.

You can report price gouging to the state Attorney General at: 617-727-8400. 

You can also reach out to the library for help finding resources for your situation.

Protect your health & safety

Based on what we’ve seen from other countries, our health system may soon be under strain or even unable to help with non-critical illnesses and injuries. You can help by dedicating some extra attention to your health and safety.

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, before handling food, and after interacting with sick people.
  • Make sure to handle food safely, using these tips from the FDA
  • Avoid activities that put you at risk of falling or other accidents.
  • Use caution when using home cleaning supplies (see this guide).
  • And check out this basic first aid guide for common injuries.

We can all do our part to protect our health so that there will be care available for people who are sick, whether or not they have COVID19.

For the latest information and updates for the town of Lunenburg, check the town website .

Our  Facebook page  and our  Website  will also have the latest updates.

For more helpful information, we've compiled a list of trusted resources and sites. See the end of the newsletter for these links.
Gardening with Robin

Lunenburg resident and Friends of the Library Membership Coordinator, Robin Venezia, will be sharing articles about what's growing and what you might find or look out for as the season progresses! Enjoy her article  HERE
CreativeBug Will Soon be Available!

Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the beginning of our subsciption to CreativeBug , a database of creative, craft videos that you can use to learn and guide your creative process. The Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library have generously chosen to purchase this resource for the community.

The Friends are the library's 501c3 support group, and they help make so many things possible at the library, including the museum passes, our programs, printing and copying, and much more. Their ability to support the library is driven by membership. Here is the form you can use to join the Friends or renew your membership.

Thank you, Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library!
Need some tips for making healthy meals?

We are also lucky that Minna Scholten, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in partnership with Hannaford, was willing to share some of her nutrition and cooking help with us while we are staying home to save lives.

Check out her videos:
ChopChop Family Newsletters

If you need additional help with recipes, ideas or inspiration for cooking and nutrition, free newsletters are available from ChopChop Family: 

Virtual Park & Recreation Programs

The Park & Recreation Department is pleased to offer virtual programs with some starting this week!

During these uncertain times, when the physical programs we had planned are not currently possible, we have partnered with the some great vendors to offer virtual programs. Programs range from Chess, to Basketball training, to Cooking. We are continuously working to add more virtual programs until physical programs can begin and will continue adding them to the website.

Head over to the Park & Recreation website to register for programs. You will need to create an account before registering. If you have any questions or trouble registering, please e-mail Kayla.
Ancestry Access Extended!

Get access to  until the end of May from home! Any patron with Lunenburg as their HOME library will have access to the database by clicking this link .  

Once you are at that page, click Lunenburg Public Library, enter your barcode number and password and you will have access to the database.