Director’s Blog: May 2021

Let’s welcome the month of May.  Do you remember when schools had May Day activities?  I know that was a long time ago and dates me.  However, when many of us were students, we looked forward with excitement, every year, to those special moments shared with friends and family.  They seemed to almost kickoff summer and moved us more quickly to the last day of school.   

Now, it might be that we have to find our own special moments in May.  So, I am inviting you to make more time for reading and enjoying a good novel, poem, or collection of short stories.  Also, Mother’s Day is almost here.  Give a literary gift to the mother figure in your life.  Perhaps there are those whom you admire for their dedication to mothering; don’t forget to add a book to their card of gratitude and encouragement.  Cookbooks may come in handy at this time, as well as books on interior design, gardening and storage.  Just checkout the library online and soon, in person.

That’s right, you will soon be able to come back into the library in-person.  On Tuesday, May 4th and Saturday, May 8th, the Fulton County Library System will again offer patrons access to in-person services, although limited. That access will continue through May, on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Service will be limited to one hour of computer usage, browsing, and copying.  Programs will not be held and there will not be any access to meeting rooms, study rooms and conference rooms. Face masks will be mandatory for staff and patrons.  Social distancing will be observed.  More info will be made available on the Library’s website, and on materials provided during curbside service which will continue on the other weekdays.   

Additionally, appointments will be offered, on the same dates and during those same hours, to researchers needing onsite access to materials found at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. 

The Central Library is not yet ready.  Look for it to have a special re-opening in the fall of 2021.

Drum roll please:  If all continues to progress well with a lessening of the pandemic, the Library System is expected to fully re-open to pre-COVID hours of operations on Tuesday, June 1st at 33 locations.   Be on the lookout for lots of information about those plans.   

May serves as the kickoff!  See you soon.