Our incredible Board of Library Trustees is regularly reassessing the difficult decision to limit access to the building; weighing a number of factors. Throughout they have encouraged the staff to focus most of our attention and resources on developing new ways to deliver everything you are used to having from us.
We have subscribed to Kanopy to provide movies. We added Creative Bug to offer craft classes. We change our Story Book Trail more often. We developed new policies and conducted research to better guide our decision making. We won a grant to add hotspots and laptops to loan as well as improve our network and wifi to get better internet outside the building. The Friends have hosted outdoor and remote programs. Miss browsing shelves? We are now offering short appointments. Pickups take us thrice as long as simply checking out to you directly and we are glad to do it! We are working several additional exciting improvements or expansions... stay tuned for those.
Kindly continue to observe the following guidelines while picking up materials:
Wear a mask in the foyer. We are in and out all the time in order to get folks their items as quickly as possible and soon it will be too cold to leave the exterior door open for extra ventilation.
Please only enter the foyer if you are picking something up and do not linger.
If the foyer is occupied, please wait outside. Only one person or family in the foyer at a time.
Please do not knock or push through the second set of doors and ask us to fetch items for you immediately. It takes us away from getting items to people as quickly as possible. We love a quick hello through the doors or a kind wave - I've even enjoyed some blown kisses.
Most of all, be kind and patient. Trust me when I tell you we all want the same thing. If you have frustrations or questions, direct them to me. I am happy to listen and explain anything you would like.
We know that nothing will fully replace the uplifting freedom of lingering in our beautiful space. We all miss it and at the same time if one of our at-risk staff contracted COVID-19 they could easily become gravely ill. On top of that unthinkable possibility, our Library would be crippled by an extended absence and have to shut down even more than we are now. We have concluded that the "something" that we are doing is better than the "nothing" we would all be left with if we opened the building and the worst happened.
Thank you all for your continued understanding while we endeavor to meet your needs as thoroughly as we can. Even at a distance, we need each other more than ever.
We are pleased to announce that we have ins a trial of Princh, a wireless printing solution, until the end of 2020. Help us decide if this is a good solution for printing by using your own mobile device to print your documents! All you have to do is remember that our PRINTER ID IS 103289 and download the free Princh app from Google play or the App Store, and you are ready to print.
You can also print from your laptop by visiting print.princh.com. You will still need to remember our PRINTER ID IS 103289.
Princh also allows you to pay via your credit card or different mobile payment options. The printing prices are $0.20 for black and white and $0.50 for color.
Are you one of those who have been missing our book groups? I know I have.
I'm not sure how we are going to do it, but I have 15 copies of The Library Book by Susan Orleans on the way. I could collect articles, photos, and commentary into a blog post and invite you to leave comments. We could have a regular online meeting. A few of us could get together to talk about it at social distance and invite you to chime in from home or record it to YouTube and invite comments? I'm just not sure what would be best.
If you're interested in reading it and then joining a discussion, please fill out my handy dandy form and I will create a list and then be in touch about how it will work. Sometimes it's best to just get started, right?