As librarians, we wish to have solutions. It’s our model.
So, once we don’t have solutions, it’s irritating. And proper now, we don’t have solutions.
We, like all of you, are navigating our “new regular” throughout these “unsure occasions.”
And possibly, additionally like all of you, we’re bored with listening to these cliched turns of phrase alluding to our obscure future.
So, as a substitute of telling you what we don’t know, let me take this chance to let you know what we DO know.
We all know we’re at the moment doing what we will to serve you. We’re providing story occasions, meditation, yoga and different packages on-line. We’re nonetheless fielding calls and emails to reply your reference questions or counsel your subsequent nice learn. We have now a notary obtainable, by appointment. We’re providing entry to on-line books, audiobooks, magazines, motion pictures and music. We’re trying out bodily supplies and holding them so that you can decide up throughout our contactless pickup occasions. These are all issues we all know.
We all know we had been a polling place and that we performed host to voters on Tuesday, June 2, though the library facility remains to be closed to the general public. We all know this occasion pushes our phasing plan again just a little.
We all know we plan to open for Important Providers on Monday, June eight. We all know this part is proscribed to the neighborhood room however expands what we’re at the moment providing. We all know that Important Providers will add entry to computer systems, doc companies corresponding to faxing, copying and scanning, and the chance to work together, in-person, with a workers member to ask questions and get assist.
We all know we’ll take all prompt precautions to maintain workers and patrons protected. This contains washing palms, workers carrying masks when interacting with the general public, and utilizing acrylic dividers between workers and patrons. We’ll implement social distancing and can present distant help to patrons who need assistance utilizing computer systems. We’ll sanitize laptop stations between every person and also will carry out routine environmental cleansing of continuously touched surfaces.
We all know we’re providing three digital summer season studying packages, beginning June 1. We all know you’re keen on incomes prizes for studying, and we’ll proceed to supply incentives and rewards for avid summer season readers of all ages. We all know you need to obtain the Beanstack Tracker app to take part. And, we all know it’s fairly cool.
We all know we’re beneath building! We all know that we don’t have carpet proper now. We all know that our e-book stacks are at the moment in bizarre locations. We additionally know we now have 11 new assembly areas, framed and drywalled, able to be painted!
We all know you need to browse the books on the shelf, play with the practice desk within the youngsters’s division and simply hang around. However we additionally know that the way you work together with the library setting could be very distinctive and there are many precautions we should take to maintain all people protected. And, we all know we’re doing our greatest to ensure that occurs.
And at last, we all know that we miss you, and we all know that you just miss us. And, we all know the day we will open our doorways once more would be the finest day of 2020 to this point!
Lynn Hobbs is director of Pendleton Group Public Library.