Putney Public Library Building Closing to Public, Lending Suspended

Other resources 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.

In partnership with the Library Board of Directors, we have decided to suspend pick and delivery lending after Friday, March 20th. Our courier, which transfers interlibrary loan throughout Vermont, announced on Tuesday that they would be suspending service to our state’s libraries, severely limiting what we had planned to offer our patrons. There are also concerns about how long a virus can live on library materials and we are concerned about re-circulating items during this time.

All due dates will be extended until May 1st. 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 Coronavirus. Wait until we reopen.

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.

*Free lending library*  We will be setting up a free lending library of paperback items under the outdoor overhang of the library’s front entrance (when the weather allows) for people to select books from without checking them out. Feel free to pick one up and return it when you’re done! 

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 curbside pickup or we are visiting you for home delivery. Please check that all DVDs/CDs are present and have items in a bag and ready to hand over.

*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 sanitizing all books that are returned before
circulating. Please don’t worry if you are unable to get to the library.

*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’re working with some of our upcoming presenters to offer online program attendance (a new frontier for us). Please watch for information about online programs!

*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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