January is right here, hoping for the beginning of a brand new 12 months. Nonetheless, we’ve got a method to go earlier than our pandemic winter ends. We all know that having books to learn and DVDs to look at is much more essential nowadays as they assist us spend time at dwelling and escape the stresses of life. The library continues to be accessible that will help you discover the stuff you want.
Curbside pick-up stays accessible throughout all library enterprise hours, as is phone help. You by no means must set foot within the library to get the books and different library supplies you need to try; we’re glad to work with you to kind issues after which ship them to the desk in entrance of the library whenever you name from outdoors to choose them up. Curbside is a really lively enterprise for us nowadays.
If you wish to enter, it’s also possible to. The library is open; you solely must name to make a reservation, and there are time, age and capability limits. (Anybody beneath the age of 12 will need to have an grownup with them). You possibly can name to guide a 15-minute Library Specific appointment to browse the cabinets and choose issues, get a library card, or make photocopies. For those who want a pc, you’ll be able to schedule an hour-long appointment for that. Each sorts of appointments can be found all day and night time and may virtually at all times be scheduled on brief discover. For those who’re operating errands, be at liberty to offer us a name and see if the library could be your subsequent cease. For Library Specific, the reply will virtually at all times be sure, even in case you are calling from the parking zone.
We work arduous to make the library a protected place for everybody to go to, and we try to maintain our workers wholesome in order that the library works for you. It’s necessary to cowl the face 100% inside, besides for youngsters beneath 5 years previous. We’ve Plexiglas in any respect service counters. Laptop keyboards and mice are cleaned and swapped between customers, and the area round computer systems is blocked to stop different folks from coming into your 6-foot area. Wowing guests and limiting the size of visits additionally helps make the constructing safer. As famend epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm places it, we should “cease exchanging air” and all of those measures, and particularly curbside service, assist cut back your probabilities of sharing air with others when within the library.
We’ve decreased the quarantine time for returned library supplies to 24 hours, up from 72 hours. Science exhibits that surfaces don’t play a significant function within the transmission of the coronavirus, so leaving them apart even for 24 hours is a precautionary measure. There should be a slight delay in billing your objects, however we set the date on the day you truly returned them after we verify in.
This is the urgent query I have been getting recently: Will the grownup winter studying program happen this 12 months? Whether it is! Like many different issues nowadays, our program supplies are taking longer to get right here. I have been ready to get began till we’ve got greater than one of many prizes for you. Even when we’re nonetheless ready for issues to come back in, we’ll begin this system on Friday January 15th. I do know lots of people prefer to have that objective of studying their three or six books to win prizes in the course of the winter when issues are quiet they usually keep dwelling longer, and that is much more the state of affairs this 12 months! We can have cups because the chosen prize once more this 12 months, along with different choices. For those who’re coming to the library for an appointment, you’ll be able to drop in and choose up your winter studying provides, or you’ll be able to choose up your studying log and awards curbside and drop your accomplished sheet within the guide storage. You possibly can positively take part in this system with out having to enter the library.
One very last thing: in case you are searching for a digital guide membership to maintain life attention-grabbing this winter, we’ve got a few choices. The Litchfield Library Grownup E-book Membership meets the second Tuesday of every month at midday to learn a wide range of sorts of books. For the previous few months and for a lot of the previous 12 months we’ve got been assembly at Zoom, though we do meet outdoors just a few instances within the fall. That group has been round for years and will probably be for the foreseeable future.
We even have the Deep Dive E-book Membership: Reconstruction & Redemption, which meets at Google Meet each different Tuesday from 7pm to March. It is a seven-session program that’s extra like a category, taught remotely by a Black Research scholar, with all kinds of readings, podcasts, and movies to achieve a extra strong understanding of the African-American expertise from 1865 to 1920. The primary deep dive The guide membership we did this fall was great, and I extremely advocate it.
Please contact me by telephone or electronic mail in case you are desirous about becoming a member of any of the guide golf equipment or if you happen to need assistance getting one thing to learn or watch. I want you well being and happiness in 2021!
– Beth Cronk is the Lead Librarian for Pioneerland Libraries in Meeker County, together with Litchfield, Dassel, Cosmos, and Grove Metropolis.