Wednesday, May 13, 2020
As you are aware, the library is currently closed and staff are working from home in compliance with Governor Baker’s orders for “non-essential” workers. We appreciate all of the messages we’ve received from you, letting us know that library services are essential in your lives and we look forward to serving you in person again as soon as we can.
At last night’s meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, there was a general discussion about a phased approach to resuming library services. Staff teams are preparing plans in advance so that we are ready to implement when the time comes. In addition, the Board acted on several recommendations from library staff.
- Work on our Children’s Room Project (ChiRP!) has been paused for six months while the community and the library grapple with the effects and after-effects of COVID-19. The Board will discuss resuming this important work at their November 2020 meeting.
- Library programs will continue to be offered via virtual and social media platforms through at least September 30, 2020. This includes our Summer Learning activities. Check our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events - we’re offering all kinds of interesting programs for people of all ages!
- Library meeting rooms will not be available for outside meetings through at least September 30, 2020. Even when the library is able to reopen, we expect significant social distancing recommendations to remain in place for some time.
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. I look forward to writing to you with additional updates after the Governor’s update on May 18. Meanwhile, the staff and I send our best wishes to you and your families.