Director’s Blog: July 7, 2020

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4 th  of July weekend. We may be celebrating this differently this year, but my hope for you is that you were able to enjoy it with loved ones, your favorite food items on the grill and perhaps a few too many helpings of desserts.
As you know,  curbside pickup, opens a new window  services will continue today, after we officially kicked things off last Wednesday, July 1 st . My staff and I thank you for following all the strict rules and guidelines in place to ensure the safety of all staff and patrons. Things went smoothly last week and we expect that to continue into this week. You will begin to notice that items you placed on hold while we were closed are beginning to make their way off your holds list and to the branches where you requested them. 
We continue to discuss ways of bringing back traditional library services to our patrons, while continuing to navigate the current health climate. We know you want to come inside and sit with a magazine, browse the shelves, use computers, talk with staff, attend programs, use meeting spaces, and greet each other.  We believe all of those things will be a part of the many services offered at the Library again. However, for the safety of everyone, we will have to make that happen using a phased in process.
Please stay tuned to the  website, opens a new window  for updates on all changes, additions, and modifications to services. We appreciate that you have used the Library’s virtual resources in increased ways. Virtually, you are attending streaming storytime programs for children and adults, book clubs for teens and adults, cooking programs, read aloud programs, and you use the libraries e-resources to check out e-books, audiobooks, and to stream movies and music. You utilize the many databases for your information, research, and educational needs. Upgrades and additions will be made to the online services as we move forward, so stay tuned.
As a reminder, our summer reading program continues in July and we challenge you to  “Imagine Your Story.”, opens a new window   It is the theme of the 2020 Summer Reading Program and our hope is that diving into a good book and escaping the outside world for a few minutes or hours each day will help you to enjoy these last few weeks of summer!  Resolve to read!