An update from Matt

August 28, 2020

Over the last few weeks, our team has excitedly prepared for a soft opening at 5 Maine Ave this coming Monday, August 31. We were reluctant to name a date too far in advance; so far 2020 has taught us that anything that might derail your plans, will derail your plans.
 
As the date neared, everything was coming together and we were optimistic about announcing a date and welcoming everyone home, albeit in new and safer ways. However, two weeks ago a local COVID-19 outbreak caused us to pause and reevaluate those plans.

Unfortunately, though our newly renovated library is set up and ready to go, after some difficult discussions, we have decided to postpone opening until we have a better handle on the local outbreak. We will monitor the trends for two more weeks and revisit this decision.
 
The good news is that we are ready to open up Phase 1 of our reopening plan: curbside service. Along with interlibrary loans and curbside lending, we will continue offer other services that don’t jeopardize the health or safety of our staff and patrons, including virtual programsprinting, and cloudlibrary. We invite you to share your input as we embark on this together and we will be as flexible as we can in offering the services that you over the coming weeks and months. More information about how to use our curbside service, including video tutorials, is available on here.  

Finally, this project would not have been possible without the amazing support of our friends, patrons, and partners for more than three years. We intend to have a grand celebration of everyone’s efforts as soon as we can, but in the meantime, we are preparing a virtual celebration of what we have all accomplished. Please mark October 6th on your calendar and plan to tune in for a celebration of our beloved library.
 
We will be open for (curbside) business this Monday at 10am and we can’t wait to see you (from a distance)!
 
Thank you all for your patience, support, and belief in this project.

Matt DeLaney
Library Director