June 12, 2020
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Jaffrey, NH 03452

Letter from the Jaffrey Public Library Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Jaffrey Public Library Board of Trustees, I would like to thank our Library staff for their amazing effort throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 upended our world and many public services simply ceased. Instead of abruptly stopping service, the Jaffrey Library undertook a massive curb side book check out. Thanks to their great effort and much high-tech wizardry, all services then transitioned to virtual. Without missing a beat, we had Storytime on Zoom!

Now the Library is again offering curb side pick up (and drop off). Books are flying off the shelves and into the homes of our residents here in Jaffrey. Summer Learning kicks off Monday with the curb side pick up of “kits” designed to engage kids in all manner of outdoor activities – examples include birding and gardening – and these kits include everything from books to binoculars to microscopes.

The Governor’s announcement of Guidelines for the re-opening of Libraries in NH is prompting many questions. The Trustees have put in place a Pandemic Interim Service Plan that outlines multiple tiers of service, each responsive to varied health and safety conditions. Securing staff safety is the top priority of this Interim Service Plan and the determination of tiers of service.

Staff interactions and in-person services pose a high risk of virus transmission. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure we can adhere to the Governor’s Guidelines. The space inside the Library must be rearranged to accommodate social distancing, equipment moved, and sufficient PPE obtained before patrons can safely access the building.

Given the tragic loss of life in the United States, and around the world, it is essential that we continue to take precautions. Thank you for your patience and support.

John Stone
Chair, Board of Trustees
Jaffrey Public Library
June 12, 2020
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