Update April 7, 2020 We are currently at the Yellow service level. We hope that as more people are vaccinated and the weather allows for open windows, we can move to the Green service level. We are now quarantining returned items for 24 hours rather than 72, per guidance from the Maine State Library, and evidence that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through air rather than on surfaces.
Update 12/15/2020 We are implementing service levels for our pandemic response. The color-coded levels are based on the county risk levels for schools and other pandemic metrics. We are currently at the yellow service level. If numbers continue to get worse, we will move into the Orange service level. Orange means visits are limited to one household at a time for grab and go. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Updated 11/5/2020 Please help keep our community safe. Thank you for your support as we navigate reopening. Your health and safety are our top priority. With many older and vulnerable people in our community, we must all do our part to keep everyone safe. All visitors and staff are required to wear face coverings while in the building, use hand sanitizer, and maintain 6' of physical distance from others. We are limited to 5 people in the building at one time. In consideration of others, limit visits to 30 minutes. Curbside is available for those not wearing masks or unable to follow other guidelines. Public restrooms are not available. No food or drink, including closed containers. We ask that you limit personal belongings and avoid setting things down. Do not come to the library if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Enter through the back door only. This is to help us keep track of the number of visitors. If there are already 5 people inside, you will be asked to wait (distanced) on the ramp.
The details: Hours: Senior/Vulnerable Hours 10-11am Monday to Thursday Monday 10-1, 2-5 Tuesday 10-1, 2-6 Wednesday 10-1, 2-5 Thursday 10-1, 2-5 (Crafternoon online, 3:30pm) Friday: 10-1, 2-5. The Children's Room is by appointment for Family Day. Half hour appointments for individual households. Call 548-2303 to sign up. The upstairs is available to everyone for brief visits.
Family Day: Fridays are Family Day, so that caregivers can bring young children to the library to use the Children's room, one household at a time for 30 minutes, with a limit of 5 people. Sign up for your time slot by calling ahead (548-2303). The upstairs is available to everyone for brief visits. When upstairs, family members over the age of two must wear their masks.
Our children's area is open on other days of the week too! We just ask that everyone wear masks at all times and be aware of social distancing, since there will be other people in the library. Please let your children know that for right now children’s toys, games, cardboard, and the art table will not be available, and the children’s room may look different. We will begin adding things back as safety allows.
Thank you for your patience while we figure out what schedule works best and make adjustments as we go along.
In-library services: Computer use is limited to 30 minutes. We will have our desktops spaced apart and laptops to borrow within the library. They will be disinfected after use. Assistance may be limited due to distancing.
To limit handling of cash, copies and printing will be by donation, so please bring change.
Events will continue to be held online for now. If there are particular topics or kinds of online events you would be interested in, please let us know!
Interlibrary loan is now available. Items will be held in quarantine for 72 hours before being given to borrowers.
Returns: We are now taking returns as usual, in the library or in the book drop. Items will be quarantined for 72 hours minimum before being checked in.
Front Curb Pickup: For those who don't want to come into the library building or are not wearing a mask, curbside will be available. Request your items ahead of time through the catalog, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or over the phone, and call us when you get here and we will bring them out to you. Your items will be in a paper bag, checked out to you and ready to go.
Again, thank you for your patience as we navigate towards a “new normal."
Update 5/18: Now offering contactless curbside pickup! All the details are on the pickup page. The library building is closed to the public at least through May 30, per the Governor's Rural Reopening plan, and recommendations from the Maine State Library. Thank you for your patience as we work to implement measures for a safe reopening. In the event of illness among staff, we will close down for a period of time.
Update 5/6/2020: The State Library is working with the Department of Economic and Community Development on a reopening safety checklist specifically for libraries. We are watching closely with the aim of offering curbside service as soon as we have a safety protocol in place.
Update 3/24/2020: Governor Mills has issued a mandate to close all non-essential businesses, and for everyone to limit trips away from home to essentials only. We love to hear that you find us essential! We can't wait to get back to putting books and movies into everyone's hands. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reopen or offer curbside pickup until the "essential services only" guideline is lifted. This measure is intened to help protect both library borrowers and staff. Please stay home and keep each other safe.
3/17/2020 The American Library Association is recommending that public libraries close to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The goal is to keep both the public and library staff safe, particularly the vulnerable people in our community.
We keep extending due dates until after we reopen. Please keep your library books and materials at home rather than using the book drop (re-read! Prevent overflow!). You can contact the library over social media (Facebook and Instagram) or by email (email@example.com), as we may not always be able to answer the phone. We will try to check and return messages periodically. We are happy to answer questions and connect you to some of the numerous resources available online to help pass the time. Stay well, and we look forward to seeing you at the library once the public health emergency is past.