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July 24, 2020
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Jaffrey Public Library

38 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-7301

A Rainbow of Services

We enjoy seeing you at Outdoor Browsing and Curbside appointments, and we appreciate everyone's good spirits in these unusual times.  Behind the scenes, we are working hard to future-proof library services for the fall when we need to bring services indoors. While the contractors are busy inside, we are grateful for our beautiful outdoor spaces. 

In addition to regular circulation services, book processing, and the services you see, our creative team is hard at work designing new services to meet the needs of a pandemic world, as we all adjust to the uncertainties of the future months.

We have a new infographic (below) that color codes our service levels, in accordance with our Pandemic Interim Service Plan. We hope this will simplify communication going forward.  Watch for new signage and flags that represent our service levels.  We are presently at ORANGE and look forward to the transition to YELLOW once our indoor building upgrades and space redesigns for social distancing are completed. 

Be well.  Be safe. Be kind.

Please feel free to contact me any time at jperrin@townofjaffrey.com.
Kind regards, Julie M. Perrin, Library Director - a.k.a. Ms. Julie
Kudos to our talented Library Assistant, Joe Dugan for creating such a brilliant representation of our service levels.
We are at Service Level ORANGE.

Mildred's Masks

Do you remember Mildred's Mittens?  When Jaffrey's children were in need of mittens, the community worked together and made or purchased mittens which were collected at the library.  We strung them across the Cutter Creativity Wall in honor of Mildred Cutter.

Our children have a different need this year.

Whether they return to school, come to the library, visit their grandparents or just go out to the grocery store, they need masks.  Not just any masks, but fun masks that fit their sweet faces.  Batman, Pokemon, giraffes, turtles, stars, rainbows, and smiley faces...  Designs that are joyful and hopeful. Designs that bring smiles instead of fear.

We have families who work hard to make mask wearing fun (and not scary) and have joined us in dressing up for browsing and curbside times, but not all children have the same opportunities and not all parents can sew.
Instead of the library giving out adult sized disposable masks when children come to the library, wouldn't it be great if we could give them a child-sized or teen-sized washable mask to keep and reuse?  Can you help?

If you would like to donate masks to our Mildred's Masks drive, please put the masks in a sealed baggie in the book drop.  We will see that they are washed and quarantined in order to be distributed, ready to use, in September.  Thank you!

NEW STEAM Kits added- for ALL Ages

We have over 100 kits available for checkout!  Yes, 104 to be exact and more on the way!
For most kits, we provide the books, themed activity and all the supplies!

To see them all, search "STEAM kit" in the catalog, place your reserve and once notified that your reserve is ready, book your curbside appointment.
Our varieties include:
  • **NEW** Artist Afternoon kits- Watercolor, Acrylics, Drawing, and new artist themed kits for Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet, Mary Blair and Vasya Kandinsky
  • **COMING SOON** Mad Scientist kits - Aerodynamics, Optical Illusions, and Electrical Circuits (LED craft and squishy circuits)
  • Hand Sewing - Felties!
  • Snap Circuits
  • No-Tech Coding
  • Field Science kits in 10 different varieties
  • Sewing Machine Kits
  • Binocular Stereo Microscope Kits
  • Compound Microscope Kits in two styles
  • Mahjong Kits
  • Musical Storytime Kits
  • Loom Knitting Kits
  • Comics/Drawing Kits
  • Read & Make Kits  - NEW varieties!!! 
  • Magazine and Book Bundles for children, teens and adults on assorted topics.
Special thanks to Millipore Sigma, the Children's Literacy Foundation, and the individual donors who are supporting this program!  We truly could not do this without you!

A Pandemic-Friendly Summer Learning Finale

Wednesday, August 12 (RAIN DATE - Thursday, August 13)
We have given out over 100 Summer Learning prizes this year!  You are all doing an awesome job, and we absolutely love seeing all the photos of everything you are learning with the library.

You all deserve a great finale event. This creates a conundrum for us in a pandemic but we have a plan, thanks to our friends at the Children's Literacy Foundation and our favorite storyteller, Simon Brooks.

This year, our Wild Readers and their families (our top participants) will be invited to our Simon Brooks Storytelling event on Wednesday, August 12 at 10:30 am on the lawn, with carefully mapped out, socially distant family group seating, masks required for all adults and children who are old enough, etc...  We have a plan!
This will be followed by the CLiF Book Giveaway event -- 2 new books to keep for every child!

The Storytelling will be restricted, by invitation only to our Summer Learning families with high participation -- Ms. Andrea and I will be making calls next week, and we will explain all the safety protocols.  We will restrict the event to 20 families so if we call you and you don't plan to attend, please let us know so we can give the space to another family.

The Book Giveaway is for EVERYONE, even if you did not participate in Summer Learning. The Wild Readers will go first, but by about 11:30 am, we will be able to open it up to other registrants.  Safety protocols will be required, much like we do for Outdoor Browsing.  We do need you to register so CLiF sends us enough books.  Click HERE to register.
Thank you, CLiF for the Summer Learning grant that makes this possible.
Our Large Print readers have been feeling the loss of the Library of Congress (LOC) grant program that provides our new books, while the LOC remains closed for the pandemic.  Our friends at the LOC are working remotely and promise new LP books in the future, but like all else, we must be patient.
As you know, too, the state inter-library loan service remains closed until further notice.
Our favorite words:  We have a plan!
Thanks to the hard work of our trustees, volunteers and staff, we were able to accept the entire Large Print collection from the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton. (They are undergoing a renovation and merger with their school and discontinuing their collection.) 
While the titles aren't "new," they are new to us and our readers in Large Print format.  They will certainly help us bridge the gap. 
Our Board Chair, John Stone made the trek on Thursday, and staff are already sorting and preparing them for cataloging. 
What a team!  And thank you, Gordon-Nash!
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