PEPPERELL – Libraries across the country closed their doors — seemingly overnight — in March of 2020, amid fears of the pandemic.
As a greater scientific understanding has evolved over the past several months, many libraries have dipped toes back in the water of serving patrons and their communities.
Many chose to first offer curbside pick-up of library materials, and now, with new protocols in place, an increasing number of libraries have opened their doors once again to the public.
The Lawrence Library is inviting patrons to make 20 minute appointments, during which time they can browse for books, DVDs, and other materials. Patrons can also make extended appointments for computer time.
“We take our mission of serving the public very seriously, and we are dedicated to creating the safest environment possible for staff and our patrons,” said Director Deb Spratt, adding that plexiglass shields, ample hand sanitizer, social distancing, and mask-wearing are fundamental components of making this “new normal” work.
She added that limiting the number of people browsing during any one time slot, along with having a staff member available to oversee the safe entry and exit of people into and out of the building are additional safety measures.
While in-person indoor programming is on hold for the foreseeable future, the library staff is currently working on ways to bring valuable programs to patrons safely.
A socially-distanced tie-dye event will be held on August 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. on the library’s front lawn, and henna artist Mandy Roberge will be on hand to offer henna in a new and safe way, including plexiglass shields, mandatory masks and hand sanitizer. More information and registration links will be added to the online calendar soon.
Other programs, including a weekly story-time and monthly book group, are being offered using online platforms Facebook and Zoom.
“It’s a new way of doing things,” added Spratt, “we are all here to bridge this gap safely and with the love we have for this community in mind.”
The curbside pickup service will continue, and patrons are encouraged to place hold requests through the online catalog, by calling 978-433-0330, or via email to lawrence.libr…@gmail.com. Delivery between libraries has resumed, so you can once again have items sent over from other libraries. You’ll get a phone call when your items are ready to pick up.
For more information about hours, appointments, and programs at the Lawrence Library, visit www.lawrencelibrary.org, or call 978-433-0330. Staff is in the building Monday – Saturday, and ready to help you! The library is located at 15 Main Street in Pepperell.