Navigating Together

From the director's desk
By Rivkah Sass
September 16, 2020
As I write this, we are six months into our new normal. For many of us that has meant sheltering in place and learning to work from home. For those of you with children, it’s meant juggling your role as parent, teacher and breadwinner and figuring out how to manage it all, especially as children navigate these truly uncharted waters. For them, it’s learning to live in a virtual world, unable to play in real-time with friends and experiencing learning and school in a different dimension.

As the landscape continues to shift around us, know that the library is here for you. We too are working to make adjustments and meet you where you are. For library staff it has meant not being able to see you all in person, moving our programs and services to virtual platforms and learning how to safely reconnect with the physical aspects of what we do. Who knew books and materials had to be quarantined? That being said, we are thrilled to announce that six library locations are open for computer appointments Thursdays through Saturdays and eight more will launch the service on September 24.

We are so happy that many of you have embraced our virtual collections, programs and services. Use of our Overdrive and Hoopla collections are through the roof! Attendance at virtual events, whether storytimes, concerts or author visits have shown that you want to connect and read for pleasure. Curbside pickup is thriving and so are personalized reading recommendations. Thank you.
We are also gearing up for our role in the upcoming election. Once again libraries will offer ballot drop off sites with 11 locations serving as vote centers. We will be here for you and we will also make sure we have information you need to make decisions about ballot measures, with our Ballot Measure Explainer, scheduled for October 13. Please join us!

Until we meet again.