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May 7, 2020
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Jaffrey Public Library

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

Service Updates and the Art of Waiting

We hope you are all staying safe and enjoying the warm weather. 
We have so appreciated the kind phone calls, cards, and email messages to our staff.  It's a great boost to staff morale when you share how you are using your library while the facility is closed.  We are thrilled to have so much participation with our online services.  Special thanks to Steve Jackson and the Park Theatre for giving us a live opportunity to tell you all about how we have moved our services online.  If you need help getting online to enjoy all we have to offer, email us, leave a phone message at 603-532-7301, or Book a Librarian for individualized appointments (details below).

In making service decisions, I am learning the art of waiting -- waiting for the Governor's declarations, waiting for the guidance of health experts, and eagerly waiting for the results of the Battelle Institute research study on the virus lifespan on library materials (
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200423/battelle-to-test-library-materials-for-coronavirus-lifespan).  Andrea and I are also taking a class through Dartmouth on creating a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As librarians, we know that reliable information is key to making good decisions that protect the staff and the public. 

The Trustees and I are committed to making smart, data-driven decisions, based on science, and we appreciate your patience as we proceed cautiously. 
Per our policy guidelines, the library building will remain closed until further notice, BUT we are working on our interim service plan.  And yes, we have figured out how you can return some of the 3,000 books presently checked out in our community.

Be well. We hope to see you soon.

Please feel free to contact me any time at jperrin@townofjaffrey.com.
Kind regards, Julie M. Perrin, Library Director - a.k.a. Ms. Julie

No-Touch Returns

Stay-at-Home 2.0 was clear, and we do not want to invite you to leave the safety of your home to come to the library.  All due dates have been extended to June 8th.
We do anticipate returning to curbside pick-up after the Governor's Stay-at-Home order is lifted, as part of a phased service plan.  While we are waiting for the Battelle study referenced above, we must keep our Book Drop closed, but will offer No-Touch Return hours. We encourage you to use these times ONLY if you are already driving by, on your way to essential services, like grocery shopping.  (Returning your book is not essential during a pandemic.)
We are offering this option so that we can start the quarantine process for the 3,000+ items presently checked out and do so before the end of the school year, at the request of our teachers.

How does it work?
  • 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.
  • Ms. Julie 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.
What are the No-Touch Return Hours?
We are starting slowly so that we can manage the volume, as we work out our quarantine process. 
  • Monday, May 11 at 10 am - 2 pm
  • Monday, May 18 at 10 am - 2 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19 at Noon - 4 pm
What if these times don't work for me?
No worries! All due dates have been extended, so there is no pressure to return items during these times.
Please do not use the Book Drop so that it stays available for our mail and packages.

Questions? Email us or leave a message at 603-532-7301.

Get ready to go Into the Wild!

Sneak peek to our awesome Summer Learning program

Our Earth Day plans included Citizen Scientist activity bags, funded by a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) and a local donor.   Our STEAM Learning grant from Millipore had a strong focus on in-person programming.  When the pandemic safety measures put all these plans on hold, we went back to the drawing board and talked to our grant partners.
We are very excited to announce that this summer, in keeping with our ecoliteracy summer learning theme: Into the Wild: Imagine your Story!, we will offer STEAM Learning kits you will be able to check out and use at home.  You will be able to check out Citizen Scientist Bags that include binoculars, field guides, and themed books and activities for your back yard adventures. We will also be able to check out stereo microscopes for our youngest scientists to study 3D objects in nature, as well as compound student microscopes, all with activities and guidance from our STEAM Assistants and Millipore scientists.
STEAM Learning -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics - offers endless possibilities, and we are so excited to be creating these innovative new programs that support outdoor learning in these uncertain times. Thank you again to CLiF and Millipore for their unwavering support of literacy and lifelong learning, making our librarian dreams come true.

If you would also like to support these programs and contribute to the purchase of more field guides or easels (for the A in STEAM), please contact Julie at jperrin@townofjaffrey.com.  Thank you!

Book a Librarian - LIVE on Zoom

Friday one-on-one appointments

We have decided to make a change to Lunch with a Librarian in order to provide more individualized service.  Instead of a group session, we will offer separate time slots.  You can ask for tech help, get help with a reference question, or just make a social call, but you will need to register to receive a password to access your dedicated time, so visit our Event Calendar to sign up.
Questions? Email us or leave a message at 603-532-7301.

Silly Slipper Storytime -  LIVE on Zoom

Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am on Zoom
Put on your Silly Slippers and join Ms. Andrea and Ms. Eileen for an interactive stay-at-home version of our Wednesday morning Storytime via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting access, so visit our Event Calendar to sign up.

My First Online Book Club

Tuesday, May 26 at 4 pm on Zoom
Join Ms. Eileen as we take our monthly book club for  PreK (age 4) and up, ONLINE via Zoom.  You're never too old for picture books, so older siblings are welcome!
Read the book at home and then join us for a child-sized discussion and activity. This month's selection, A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis, is available to read online using the library's TumbleBooks resource. Caregiver participation may be required for logging in to Zoom and for the activity segment of the book club meeting.
Register on our Event Calendar to receive a password to access the event.

New Language Learning for our Youngest Patrons

Many educators believe the best time to learn a language is under the age of 6.  We love Mango Languages for language learning and now, we have added Little Pim to the Mango lineup, so that we can offer fun learning videos and activities for 12 languages, designed for children under 6, along with parent teaching guides. 
Ms. Andrea has created a tutorial on our Tech Help Playlist to guide you in accessing Little Pim.  Now the whole family can learn together!

Reference FAQs

A patron recently called to "ask a silly question."  There are no silly questions.  Your librarians LOVE questions, especially when we don't know the answer because then, we learn something new, too!
We thought we would share some commonly asked questions in case you were also wondering about the answers.
  • How do I reserve items for when curbside pick-up starts up again?  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.
  • I have been laid off and need some job searching tips.  Can you help?  Yes, of course.  Our Career Resource Center offers guidance for job searching.  It provides links to New Hampshire Employment Security, job boards, as well as resume and interview tips.
  • I miss the Bean Room!  Is it true that I can read magazines and newspapers online for free with my library card?  Yes, we offer full text magazines and newspapers on Newsbank and full-color magazines on Overdrive
  • Can I apply for a library card online? Yes, residents of Jaffrey and Sharon can apply online.  Here's the link to apply.
Have more questions?  Book a Librarian!

New Library-to Go activities are uploaded every day!

There's a lot to choose from, all available from home!  Genre Tasting with Ms. Robin, combining TumbleBook titles with recipes;  Ms. Julie C. (aka Yoga Julie) brings you your Yoga Alphabet Scavenger Hunts; Ms. Erin expands Artist Afternoons; Ms. Courtney sparks your scientific curiosity with new experiments, and Ms. Linda brings her famous Lab story and craft into your homes.
Coming soon:  3D Printing!  Yes, design at home, get your print curbside...watch for information soon about this upcoming program.
Our Town Manager and his bear know the importance of reading!
Be the star of a library READ poster by sending us your photos as you complete Library-to-Go BINGO challenges.
(Thank you, Jon, for being such a good sport.)
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