With July Fourth coming up, the Adult Services staff would like to offer a red-white-and-blue shout-out to you, our patrons. We’ve missed you, and judging from the lovely comments we’ve heard on the phones lately, you’ve missed us, too.
It’s been almost a month since the staff returned to work in the Main Library. There’s been a lot to get used to—masks in the building, social distancing, as well as new ways of providing service. The Summer Reading program is now online. So are book clubs, and youth and adult programs. Crafts are a take and make format. Checkouts are handled through our virtual library collections, or curbside.
The pandemic has also challenged us to come up with new ways to connect. The chat button on our website puts you in touch with an AAPLD staff member in real time, to schedule curbside pick-up appointments, assist with account or research questions and more. While email has always been an option, we’ve created specialized contact forms to make reaching out a little easier. The new “Recommend Me a Book” reader’s advisory service guides you through prompts to help us find your next great read. Need technology help? Schedule a virtual one on one appointment with Digital Literacy Librarian Kenny D.
Something that hasn’t changed? Our connection to the community. AAPLD is proud to be a place, online or real world, where all are welcome, and where folks can access books, movies, technology, learn a new skill, conduct research and stay informed, at little or no cost. Your calls and emails have brightened our days back in the library, and we can’t wait to welcome you back in person, as soon as we’re able.
Stay well, stay safe and Happy Fourth of July!