Library Update – June 2020-2

Hello Again,

As we mentioned in Monday’s email, we believe we have found a way, by late June, to offer safe access to books and DVD’s! Just like small retail businesses, we anticipate being able to provide for contactless curbside service which offers safety and convenience for patrons.

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Remember, a library is different from a retail establishment’s curbside pickup. Retail is in one direction – new product, handed carefully over to the customer – and then done. In contrast, everything we provide is touched by many hands – readers, librarians, and delivery sorters. Then it’s returned back to us to process. Intensive sharing is the ethos and the charm of our libraries, but it also means we have to take a higher order of care in our procedures to ensure the wellbeing of patrons and staff. To start, until we receive guidance otherwise, materials will have been quarantined for 72 hours and staff will wear masks and gloves.
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Summer Reading Program! Yes, we will be holding our annual Summer Reading Program starting June 27th with programs for kids, teens and adults. Because the public is not authorized to gather in our building, our programs remain entirely virtual. While there will be no ice cream sundae kickoff parties, we hope we will be able to inspire you to read in a different way this summer. For the summer reading, all 30 libraries in Ulster County have a shared summer reading program with bingo cards using reading and art/STEM challenges for kids, as well as one tailored to adults. At the suggestion of Phoenicia Library staff who wanted to support local business, we will be purchasing gift cards for our patrons from local businesses as reading awards.

Book Returns: Hang on to your books a little longer. Once we have approval to return staff to the building, we will open up our exterior drop box. All books in the MHLS system are not due until June 30, 2020 so there are no worries of late fines from other libraries. We will work with you to resolve any issues. Thank you for your patience.

Please feel free to call us 688-7811 or hit “reply” to this email if you have any questions.

Liz Potter
Director

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