ABINGDON, Va. — Whereas Washington County Public Library and its 4 branches stay closed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, library employees are discovering modern methods to serve the group.
In line with Sally Jones, public companies librarian, every library in Abingdon, Glade Spring, Mendota, Hayter’s Hole and Damascus started curbside companies two weeks in the past.
“Patrons can name the library to request holds on books, DVDs and books on CDs and schedule a time to choose up the supplies which might be positioned on a desk outdoors the entrance door of the library. Workers members schedule pickups each 15 minutes, and requests may be crammed the identical day if slots are open,” stated Jones.
“Since mid-June, we’ve crammed practically 300 pickup slots.
“It’s been humorous. We’ll have individuals knock on the library door and perform a little pleased dance outdoors the door or wave to the circulation employees. Our patrons are actually pleased to have supplies once more and to have that connection. And we’re pleased to be again in service. Libraries serve. That’s why we’re right here,” she stated.
“Libraries have at all times tailored to stay related. That is simply one other manner for us to serve. In the event you’re at house and never going out as a lot as ordinary, it’s a great way to get supplies now. We plan on having the curbside help as one in all our long-term companies.”
All returned supplies are quarantined for 72 hours then sanitized earlier than being returned to the library cabinets, in line with Jones.
Bringing the library to you
Whereas their in-programming is on maintain, the Washington County Public Library is bringing occasions and companies to its patrons.
Utilizing social platforms similar to Zoom, the library gives a digital espresso break, held at 10 a.m. each different Friday. Go to the calendar on the library’s webpage for directions on find out how to be a part of a Zoom assembly.
Throughout this system, Jones interviews a member of the group — typically a library employees member — adopted by a dialogue with on-line members. “It’s a good time to make amends for what we’re studying and watching and even what we’re consuming and baking,” she stated.
The library continues to supply e-books and audiobooks for checkout. “They’re closely used proper now,” Jones stated.
The library branches supply printing and faxing companies for individuals who ship paperwork to an e-mail tackle. Patrons can name their native department for extra data. Preparations are made to go away the printed paperwork outdoors on the desk.
Jones stated her subsequent plan of motion is to develop a e book membership that meets open air through the pandemic disaster.
Summer season Studying Problem
Simply because youngsters can’t be collectively this yr due to COVID-19 doesn’t imply they’ll’t have enjoyable studying and studying experiences.
The annual Summer season Studying Problem, open to youngsters of all ages, started June 29 and can function via July 31. This yr’s theme is “Think about Your Story,” with a give attention to fairy tales, mythology and folklore.
Studying 20 minutes a day for 20 days earns readers a e book prize to be distributed at a later date.
To create a protected and enjoyable Summer season Studying Problem, a number of modifications had been made to the annual program this yr, stated Aimee Haslam, youth service coordinator.
Readers might use the Beanstack app or web site to register for the problem, monitor studying progress and earn badges for taking part in digital actions. Readers can also log their studying on paper calendars supplied by the library. The log kinds are distributed curbside and may be returned to any department when accomplished.
Take-and-make luggage for youngsters embody coloring sheets, bookmarks, crafts, video games, STEM challenges and extra. Luggage can be found with checkouts from the Youngsters’s Division and alter weekly, offering youngsters with new actions all summer season.
“The Youngsters’s Division can also be providing tote luggage of books, films, audiobooks and DVDs on numerous themes,” stated Haslam. Totes embody supplies for the whole household to get pleasure from, together with simple readers, image books, nonfiction and flicks. Additionally they have studying actions for youthful members of the family similar to letter, quantity and form recognition; counting; chopping; and matching workout routines.
Take a Story Stroll with your loved ones on the important library in Abingdon. Simply comply with the indicators to get pleasure from a narrative outdoors collectively. The featured story is “Child Bear, Child Bear, What Do You See?” by Invoice Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.
ABC Scavenger Hunt
Hidden within the entrance and facet yard of the principle library are magical creatures, one for every letter of the alphabet. Youngsters can take an ABC scavenger hunt whereas singing the alphabet music.
All through the month of July, digital story instances, e book suggestions, video games and challenges shall be posted on the library’s social media pages, together with the brand new Washington County Public Library Youth Companies Fb web page.
For extra details about the library’s curbside service, go to https://www.wcpl.net/curbside or name the Circulation Desk on the important library at 276-676-6233.
Carolyn R. Wilson is a contract author in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at [email protected].