We know that many of you rely on the public library for your internet access – which means access to information about the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to file for unemployment, a chance to connect with family via social media, and so much more. Many members of our community also seek out our staff members to help them learn how to use, or troubleshoot, their electronic devices.
Hello friends and neighbors. I wanted to let you know that your library misses seeing you and serving you. When we made the decision to close the building to the public on March 16th, it was not an easy one.
We are planning for how we will best be able to serve you once the stay-at-home order is lifted. Our goal is to keep you and our staff safe. We have safety measures in place now and want to be sure that we continue those so that there is no resurgence of the virus. For the past few weeks, a small crew has disinfected each of the thousands of items that have been returned through our book drop after establishing safety guidelines for handling materials. This is just one of many steps we have created to help keep you safe when you come back to the library building.
We have maintained regular contact with other libraries across the state, the IN State Library, the IN Library Federation, and several other organizations in addition to following guidance from local, state, and federal agencies. This is an unprecedented situation, and libraries are working together to establish and share best practices for our communities so that we can open our buildings again safely.
Your library is also your source for information and entertainment, as well as a place where we probably know you by name and can recommend a great next read or movie. We also notarize, copy, print, scan, and fax some of your most precious personal documents.
Despite our closure, we are still serving…in new and expanded ways. Our staff has continued to work nonstop by learning new ways to bring you online services and expand content available to you. We are adding more to our website, increasing our social media, and even creating videos to bring our incredible staff-led library programming to you online.
We know, however, that not everyone has internet access. That’s why our previous efforts to start expanding outside of our walls has helped to reach you. So far, we have donated books to assisted living homes, established StoryWalk in the park, partnered with Discover Plymouth’s Pollinator Garden project, filled up a book bike, and earmarked materials for future free library boxes around the community in partnership with a local organization. We even filled our library building windows with rotating stories for those on walks downtown.
Please know that we are working and planning continuously through this to get our most essential services back on track in the safest manner possible. We will keep you updated and let you know as soon as we can start to reopen some services. If you have questions, please call and leave a message at 574-936-2324, email me at email@example.com
, or send a message on our Facebook page. In the meantime, as our own Nathan Mayer mentions at the end of his library articles – Stay safe. Stay healthy. We are in this together.
Take care and we’ll see you soon!
Heather Barron, Director of Plymouth Public Library