Putney Public Library Building Open for Limited Hours

Many services continue, expanded

Dear Putney Library Patrons,

The Putney Public Library is DELIGHTED to announce that the Library building will open for limited hours starting on Monday, Sept. 14th as part of our phased re-opening plan.

The Library will be open on Mondays from 10am-2pm and Wednesdays from 2pm-6pm. The library’s capacity will be limited and people can visit to select books or use a computer for 20 minutes, starting on the hour and half hour.

Mondays sessions will begin at: 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm and 1:30pm.

Wednesdays sessions will begin at: 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm and 5:30pm.

After each 20 minute session, the library will be closed for cleaning of high touch surfaces before welcoming in the next group. If you arrive and the building is at capacity, you may need to wait for the next session to enter. A staff member will greet you at the front door to assist everyone entering the building.

You’ll notice that most of the furniture has been removed to make space for social distancing. At this time, we aren’t able to offer our usual comfortable chairs and newspaper sharing.

Masks will be required for all patrons and social distancing guidance will be in place once inside. Patrons ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult for their visits.

Patrons will still be able to pick up holds outside the building during pickup hours, which have been expanded to include all open hours. Our laptop lending will also continue for anyone who wishes to use one outside on library grounds.

We can’t wait to see your faces! (At least the portion of your faces that are visible above your masks.)

Please email Emily Zervas with questions: emily@putneylibrary.org

While our hours are limited, the following services remain in place. Please feel free to email the above address with any questions.

*Pickup Borrowing:

You don’t need to come into the library to get books! Pickup outside the library’s front doors is available three days a week, including when the building is open.

Request one of three ways:
-Log into your library account and place holds on your desired items. 
-Email Emily a list of books you’d like (or an author or topic you’d like books about.)
-Call the library and leave a message with what you’d like. 802-387-4407.

Emily will be in touch to arrange a pickup time with you. Pickup days are Mondays and Fridays, from 10am-4:30pm and Wednesdays from 10am-6pm. Please wait to hear from us before coming to pick up your items. 

*Online resources:*  If you already have an account with Listen Up Vermont! or RBDigital, now is a great time to download some audiobooks or ebooks.   If you don’t already have an account, take a look here:
You can request your library card number (needed to log on) from Emily by emailing her: emily@putneylibrary.org (mailto:emily@putneylibrary.org) or 387-4407.  Please be patient, she may be getting more requests than usual!  You can also get ebooks free at https://putneylibrary.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b7b41d8cd7560a493c0bd12f6&id=9a340d6b6d&e=3b247e510a.

Due Dates and Fines* The Putney Library doesn’t charge fines! While you may still receive automatic emails about your items, please know that due dates are flexible while we’re closed.  Please feel free to renew online, by email/phone or return in the book drop if you are healthy and able to do so. You may also swap materials you are done with if you are doing a pickup. Please check that all DVDs/CDs are present before returning them.

*Book returns:* We encourage people to return books through the book return in front of the library if you are healthy and able.  We are quarantining all books that are returned before circulating them again. 

*Wifi* Wifi will stay on and patrons can it from outside the building. Many people use it from parked cars or the benches and tables around the library.

*Programs* While all in-person programs are cancelled until further notice, we’ve established many of our programs to run through Zoom. Please sign up for our newsletter for the full schedule and all Zoom links.

*Online Resources* Don’t forget our many online resources, including Mango Language Learning Software (great for kids home from school too!), Consumer Reports Online, Learning Express and Universal Class. All of these can be found under the Search and Learn option at putneylibrary.org.

*Communication*  The library will maintain communication through our newsletter, website, iPutney, our facebook page, and postings at the library. We will update our phone message with vital information.

–Emily Zervas

Putney Library Director

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