Putney Public Library Building Closed to Public

Many services continue, expanded

Dear Putney Library Patrons,

Thank you for your outpouring of support after our last message. Since then, there have been new updates and decisions that effect the services we have been extending in the past few days.

As of May 13th, we have resumed lending via outdoor pickup! Until interlibrary loan and courier service become available and consistent, we can only offer the loan of Putney Library’s materials. Please email Emily with your requests (emily@putneylibrary.org) or log into your Catamount account, create a “cart” and use the send function to email it to Emily. She will contact you with a pickup day and time. Normal days for pickup are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 1pm.

While library items will be stamped with normal due dates, we understand that many people are limiting their outings and encourage you to return your items in the library drop box at a time that works with your other plans. We remain fine free. PLEASE do not return items in the drop box if you suspect that you or a family member may be effected by COVID19.

Our board has generously allocated additional funding to provide MORE downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive/Libby/Listen Up Vermont! We will send more information about this as soon as it is in place. In the meantime, please place holds on digital items you’d like through this app, as our purchase decisions will be driven by what our patrons want and are waiting for.

*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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