Library Closing due to Covid-19

Hello from your library family!

With the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order extended through the end of May, the library Board of Trustees have reconfirmed the library’s position to adhere to those guidelines and only reopen once officially authorized to do so.

This means that we are hopeful that CPLD will begin offering curbside services beginning in June.  At that time, and until inter-library loan services resume, items will be limited to what we have on our shelves.  Once curbside service is rolled out, you’ll be able to place holds online, or you can email or call the library with your requests—whichever is most convenient for you!   Pick up will be scheduled by appointment through the drive up window.  Printing & Faxing services will be available by appointment as well.

Prior to then however, we’ll start accepting returns beginning May 15th. You will be able to return all your items through the book drops so that we can effectively and safely process them.  Extended due dates will remain in effect through the end of June, so please be assured that no fines or fees will accrue during this interim period.

Our primary commitment is to keeping our community safe, which has meant postponing all in-person public programs through the end of August.  We will continue to create virtual programming experiences that are unique and engaging.  For example, we’ve added the e-Resource Beanstack for our all ages Summer Reading Program. The platform is designed specifically for tracking reading progress while providing a fun and interactive online experience.  Details on how it all works will be forthcoming!

Please know that while we remain closed, your library continues to work in tandem with local agencies to ensure cohesive collaboration and support for our community.  We remain committed to keeping people connected, so our WiFi is accessible from our parking lot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Additionally, we continue to expand our electronic resource offerings to provide ample opportunities to Read, Learn, Share & Grow.

This unprecedented experience has allowed us the unique opportunity to reflect and further examine what a public library is to a community.  We’ve heard from people for whom the library is a lifeline—a safe harbor—a friend.  For so many, the library is a constant: a reassuring place where anyone can find solace and escape through books, movies, games, or even by simply being in the library.  We understand how essential we are for those who need a computer to apply for jobs or unemployment, or have copies made, or faxes sent. 

We’ve appreciated hearing the excitement in a telephone caller’s voice when they ask if we’re open, and have shared their disappointment in our reply.  Despite not being deemed an essential industry; these experiences have confirmed our belief that we are.

So thanks to all for your continued patience and support.  We anxiously await the chance to be of service again, and look forward to seeing you in the library soon!

Stay safe and be well,

Mary Aylmer


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