Understanding our Interim Service Plan
You may have heard that Governor Sununu has granted us permission to reopen our library facilities, as we are able. We are so glad to know we have that option when we are ready!
It is not, however, so simple as returning to normal operations. Like all businesses, libraries need to follow the universal guidance as related to staff and public safety protocols. There are many factors to consider, unique to our operation, which led the Board of Trustees to finalize and approve our Pandemic Interim Service Plan on May 12. We shared it with all of you and published it on our website at that time. The plan outlines tiered service levels, to be implemented in nonlinear phases, in response to the changing health conditions and our ability to provide services safely.
The library staff and I have been very grateful for all the support we have received -- the kind notes, the phone calls, and the happy, caring responses when we call to schedule curbside appointments. We have been short staffed due to staff absences, necessary quarantines, and a resignation, so your kind words have been even more powerful as we try to launch Summer Learning fun and balance public safety needs with a very limited staff.
Per our Pandemic Interim Service Plan, we will continue to roll out services slowly according to our ability to provide those services safely. Some factors include staff and community health, the availability of cleaning services within our budget, our ability to staff appropriately, availability of PPE, scientific data on virus lifespan on circulating items, and our ability to maintain social distancing for staff and public safety. We encourage you to read the plan and reach out with any questions.
For the time being, we are continuing with curbside services by appointment and our traditional Summer Learning program, in addition to our digital services. We look forward to when we can announce additional services and appreciate your patience.
Please feel free to contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind regards, Julie M. Perrin, Library Director - a.k.a. Ms. Julie
So Many STEAM Kits, So Little Time - for ALL Ages
We are assembling our first round of STEAM Kits, with something for every age. Thanks to some long hours by our team at Biblionix Apollo, all of our STEAM Kits may be reserved via our catalog, through your library account.
Just search "STEAM Kit" in the search bar in the catalog, and a long list will come up. Log in and click "Reserve."
We will continue to add more kits but here's a preview of some of what we will have ready for next week's launch of Summer Learning!
Field Science kits in 10 different varieties
Each Field Science Kit contains naturalist explorer equipment, 5 books for a variety of ages, laminated nature guides for outdoor exploration, local trail maps, and a field science journal for you to record your findings and keep. Each variety is indicated in the title. Thank you to the Children's Literacy Foundation for sponsoring the library's literacy programming and making these Field Science Kits possible!
Sewing Machine Kits (4)
Each Sewing Machine Kit contains 1 sewing machine, 1 backpack of supplies, including a notions box, 2 sewing books, 4 patterns, and 1 laminated JPL card. Adult checkout only. Adult supervision and some sewing experience required.
Binocular Stereo Microscope Kits (6)
Each Binocular Stereo Microscope Kit contains a junior stereo microscope for viewing 3D objects, a beginner microscope book, and a librarian choice juvenile nonfiction title. This microscope has a battery powered light source, and is suitable for taking outdoors to view objects in nature. While easy to use by young children, adult supervision/guidance recommended. Thank you to Millipore Sigma for supporting the library's STEAM programming!
Compound Microscope Kits in two styles (6)
Each Compound Microscope Kit contains a student compound microscope, a beginner microscope book, a set of prepared slides, 6 laminated Microscopic Adventure cards, and a librarian choice juvenile nonfiction title. Adult supervision/guidance recommended. Thank you to Millipore Sigma for supporting the library's STEAM programming!
Mahjong Kits (2)
Each Mahjong Kit contains a complete set to play, a beginner instruction book, Mahjong card, laminated JPL card, and a related work of adult fiction. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for supporting library programming!
Musical Storytime Kits (4)
Each Musical Storytime Kit contains 2 instruments, 3 picture books (librarian choice), and one children's musical CD. Return bag, books and CD only. The instruments are yours to keep for making your own future musical storytimes, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Loom Knitting Kits (2)
Each Loom Knitting Kit contains 1 loom knitting book, 3 looms, 1 hook, 1 plastic needle, 2 pom-pom makers, 1 laminated JPL card, and yarn to get started. Thank you to our yarn and loom donors!
Comics/Drawing Kits (2)
Each Comics/Drawing Kit contains 1 youth/teen-level drawing book, 2 additional books for inspiration, 1 drawing pad, 1 graphite drawing pencil, 1 felt-tip pen, 1 eraser, 1 ruler, and 1 laminated JPL card.
Read & Make Kits (4 varieties - 12 kits)
Each Read & Make Kit contains Ms. Linda's Take & Make Craft plus three storybooks (librarian choice of the ones pictured) that fit the theme. Please indicate the number of craft kits to be included when making your curbside pickup appointment. Topic indicated in title and catalog photo. Return just the books and kit bag. Happy reading together!
No-Touch Returns all next week!
The return and quarantine process is quite an ordeal, and while the many staging areas by date have taken over an entire room of the library, we hope it is helping to keep everyone safe while we wait for the scientists.
As we embark on Summer Learning, it is time to get back as many items as we can from the days in March when we were required to close.
Here's the No-Touch Return schedule for the week of June 15th.
Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19: 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, June 20: 10 am - Noon
If you haven't yet returned items, here's how it works:
- During the designated times, you will find boxes, lined with garbage bags on our front steps.
- Please place your returns in these bag-lined boxes. Please do not wrap the items in additional bags that staff will have to unwrap later.
- Staff will come out and tie up the bags to bring them to a quarantine area in the building, without handling the items.
- Those items will NOT be checked in until the quarantine period of at least one week has gone by, so do not be concerned that they remain listed on your account.
- You may return any books, movies, or audiobooks, including inter-library loans.
Please do not use the Book Drop.
Questions? Email us or leave a message at 603-532-7301.
It's not too late to sign up for Summer Learning
Summer Learning 2020
Already, 80 people of all ages have signed up for Summer Learning. Are you one of them?
Next week, we have special curbside pickups of Summer Learning materials. Get ready to go Into the Wild: Imagine Your Story!
- How do I get started? SIGN UP HERE! Yes, that's right, you can sign up online!
- Then what? A member of the library staff will call you to set up a curbside pickup appointment for your packet of learning fun.
- Is it all online? No! We want you to get outdoors, which is why our theme is Into the Wild: Imagine Your Story! We are preparing a mix of activities so you can decide how much screen time you want. Our new STEAM Kits are designed to give you all you need for off-screen library learning fun, just like we do at our in-library programs.
- What if I want to be online? You can be! All of our virtual programs will also continue! Visit Library-to-Go any time, 24/7, learn a new language, or download a book or audio. Your digital library is always available.
- What about BINGO? Your library BINGO sheets will be included in your packets.
- Prizes? Did you say prizes? Oh yes,the details will be in your packet.
Thank you so much to our many sponsors!
Curbside Services Continue
Curbside Services continue, by appointment.
Here's what you need to do:
- Reserve your items. Reserving through your library account is easy! Ms. Andrea has prepared a how-to video. You can watch it here. If you still need help, call or email us. Remember that an unavailable item might just be in quarantine, so don't hesitate to reserve as it might be available by the time of your pick-up appointment.
- A staff member will call you to schedule a pick-up time.
- Don't forget to reserve kits as they become available! Put "STEAM kit" in the search bar of the catalog to see what's available.
- Trunk or Table? We will ask you when we schedule your pick-up time if you want Trunk or Table. In order to remain No-Touch for staff, we ask that you pop your trunk before pulling up to the door or retrieve your bagged items yourself from a table, where they will be labelled with your name.
- Will staff touch my items? We recognize that the asymptomatic/presymptomatic carrier scenario is very scary. All staff will be masked and gloved when retrieving, checking out, and bagging your items, just so we don't share our germs.
- Can I get books in Week 1 and come back again in Week 3 for STEAM kits? Yes! You can schedule multiple pick-up times. We will expand as we are able to meet demand.
- Can I return items at the same time? Yes! We will offer No-Touch Return boxes during the curbside hours so you may also return items at your scheduled pick-up time.
Stylin' Snakes, thanks to Ms. Linda's Take & Make Crafts!
Thanks for sharing your photos!