Memory – March 14, 2020

We remember March 14, 2020

Does anyone remember this day, one year ago today, when the Library was getting ready to close for a couple of weeks? The uncertainty of what was happening was a bit scary, but what we, as a Library staff, felt that day was pretty amazing. So many people rushed to the Library to checkout books and movies and learning resources to keep themselves or families entertained. The “new” bookshelves were emptied, large gaps appeared on shelves throughout the Library as people came to the checkout counter with arms full and bags filled. The lines were long all day, but there were no complaints. It was a day when we felt how essential we were to people in our community, and even people from other towns whose libraries had already closed with little warning. Would it surprise you to know that we checked out 4,072 items in the few hours that we were open on that Saturday?
We are so happy that we didn’t have to stay closed for too long, that we took precautions, followed guidelines and protocols, provided fun videos through social media, and opened to the public in June. We will continue to follow guidelines for the safety of all, and as the saying goes, “This, too, shall pass.”
This month we returned to all in-person programs and clubs for adults and kids – hooray! We are excited to welcome spring and the warmer weather that is on its way so that we can take our programs back outside to the lawn and fresh air. Thank you for staying with us these last few months, for your patience as we navigated this chapter in our shared story, and for your generosity thru contributions both financial and in the form of books. The strength and sense of community around us is inspiring.