Services Update
New Resources & Virtual Programs
6/14 - 6/20
A Note From the Director

As you may be aware, Governor Sununu’s Economic Reopening Task Force released guidance for libraries (link opens PDF) this past week. Media outlets are now reporting that libraries will open at 50 percent capacity on June 15, 2020, but a reading of the entire document offers more comprehensive information. In fact, many of the task force’s recommendations speak to limiting in-person services whenever possible.

The Governor has been clear that reopening any business/industry is not mandated, and that for libraries any reopening plan is the responsibility of their governing body as designated by NH RSA 202-A. For the Merrimack Public Library, this governing body is our Library Board of Trustees. Additionally, there are no timelines in the guidance from the Governor, just that libraries may open to the public at 50% capacity starting June 15, 2020.

Over the past months, the NH Library Association Reopening Task Force has worked hard to create reopening guidelines which are in line with the Governor's document. Using these, I have worked with my staff, our Library Board of Trustees, and the Town Attorneys to create a flexible, phased reopening plan for the Library. While this document places the reopening of the building for limited public access still many weeks out, we have implemented policies and prioritized our services to increase your access as soon as possible while prioritizing staff and public health:

  • Staff are required to submit a health assessment to the Director each day before reporting to work.
  • Two weeks ago, our book drops opened, and staff have followed careful quarantine procedures when processing these returned materials.
  • On Monday, June 15, contact-less curbside pick-up will resume by appointment. More info on this service can be found below.
  • We have purchased new protective supplies and are acquiring plexiglass barriers to eventually begin offering limited in-person services, including laptop check out, notary and passport services, and printing and coping pick-up, among others.
  • We have added additional outside seating and increased our Wi-Fi reach for patrons to expand their outside visits to the library.

When we do initially open the building to the public, we are advised to set a time limit and a capacity limit, as well as to restrict some areas of the building. This clashes with our goal to serve our community and to be an enjoyable gathering space. It breaks a librarian’s heart. 

We have heard from so many of you about how much you value and love our library and how much you miss us, and we thank you for that. We miss and love you all as well. We will continue to get through this together.

Yvette Couser, Library Director
Curbside Pick-Up Returns, Now Contact-Free!

The Library is pleased to re-introduce curbside pickup to Merrimack cardholders starting this Monday, June 15th! Simply place holds on Merrimack items through the  Library catalog , and our staff will call you to schedule a time to pick up your items in the Library parking lot.

Please note that our curbside service is by appointment only and will be available at the following times:
  • Mon-Thur 12:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Fridays 12:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Saturdays 10am - 12pm
Virtual Summer Reading Program

Begins Wednesday, June 17

Imagine your story with the Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program! Beginning this Wednesday, June 17th, readers will be able to log their reading and listening and earn raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our various summer reading prizes.

If we reach our community goal of 8,000 hours, the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library will make a donation to the  Humane Society for Greater Nashua .
Resource of the Week

NewsBank 2020!

We've upgraded our NewsBank subscription to the America's News 2020 edition, which includes all of the previously indexed content plus over a thousand new titles. Keep current on local and nation-wide happenings with full-text online versions of the Nashua Telegraph, NH Union Leader, and hundreds of other regional and national newspapers.

New to using online newspapers? Check out their tutorials or Book-a-Librarian for assistance finding cultural information.
Resident Fast Facts

Merrimack Town Hall will be opening to the public this Monday, June 15th. All Merrimack residents are also eligible for Absentee Ballot voting due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Merrimack Town election is slated to be held next Tuesday, June 23rd.

Stay at Home 2.0 will end this Monday, June 15th, and will be replaced by Governor Sununu's Safer at Home advisory. The lifting of this order removes the 10-person limit on social gatherings and ends the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses. Read the full story by WMUR HERE .

COVID-19 testing is now available to all Granite Staters regardless of insurance status.
We're Just a Click Away!

Our Librarians will be monitoring voicemail daily and can be reached via Facebook , Book-a-Librarian , our Ask Us service, and the following emails:

Remember that our 3 book drops are open for returns and that overdue fines will continue to be waived until further notice.
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