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Phase 2 of 5: Vestibule Pickup

Remaining in Phase 2 (Curbside)

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Library will remain in Phase 2 Curbside Pickup Services through October 31, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9th, the Library Trustees’ Executive Board voted to remain in Phase 2 of the library’s Restoration of Services Plan through the end of October. This extension allows time for a comprehensive evaluation of the library’s HVAC system and for additional health and safety guidance to be received from the Board of Health. The Library’s Executive Board meets again in October and will discuss next steps at that time.

I know many of you are eager to return to the building to browse for materials and talk with library staff. We will offer this option as soon as it is safe to do so.  Meanwhile we continue to offer our popular Cary Out curbside pickup service and have introduced a couple of other programs to help get more books into your hands:

  • In response to requests from parents our Youth Services department has introduced Book Bundles. Fill out a quick form with some information about your child’s interests and we will curate a special bundle of books that may be of interest. This service will come in handy as the school year begins and your child needs materials for assignments.
  • The Friends of Cary Library have started offering mystery grab-bags of books for sale on the Library’s Massachusetts Avenue porch. Monday - Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm you’ll find bags of gently used books available for $5 per bag. You can select category/genre-labelled bags of children’s fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or adult fiction, mysteries, nonfiction (history, sports, religion and much more). Cash (no change) or checks payable to Friends of Cary Library. It’s a great way to grab more books while supporting the Friends of Cary Library!

Until we are able to reopen - one of the benefits of being a Massachusetts resident is that we are eligible to use any public library in the state. As of this writing, there are a handful of libraries that have reopened for browsing, including Wellesley, Natick, Woburn, Winchester, and Watertown. The Boston Public Library is not currently open for browsing, but they do offer an eCard that gives you access to all of their electronic content (to supplement the digital content available to you through Cary Library). 

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the complexities of providing service during a pandemic. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at kstembridge@lexingtonma.gov

Koren Stembridge
Library Director

Though the Building is Closed, the Library is Open 

  • “Cary Out” - the Library’s contactless curbside pick-up service
  • Virtual programming for people of all ages (all library programming will be offered virtually through at least December, 2020)
  • Ask Us - email Reference service or questions about your library card
  • Ask Children’s - book recommendations and information about Youth programs
  • What’s Next - Need help figuring out what to read next?
  • Book Bundles - Specially curated batches of books for our youngest readers!
  • Door to Door homebound delivery service