What to Expect in Reopening Phase 1

Let’s talk about what you can do in the initial library reopening phase.

Return Library Items

Book returns at the library and across the community will be open. However, don’t feel rushed to return your items on the first day. With tens of thousands of items checked out, we don’t want to be flooded the first week. We aren’t charging any late fees in 2020.

Place Holds

If you’ve been waiting to place a hold on print books, DVDs or CDs, you can start reserving these items now. You will receive a notice when your holds are ready for our new Curbside Pickup, which starts May 26 (Phase 2). Any holds you placed before the library closed are still active, so just wait for a notice that they are ready.

Book Group in Bag reserved by May 22 at 9am, will be ready to pick up starting May 26 through the Curbside Pickup. After you make new reservations you will receive a notice when it is ready for pickup.

Lunch to Go

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Engroff Eats food truck will be in the library parking lot 10am-2pm serving lunch to go. The food truck is great option until Engroff Catering can operate Millennium Café in Phase 3. You can also order carry-out and delivery meals from Engroff’s main office. Peruse the food truck and Engroff main office Carry-out & Delivery menus.

Summer Reading

Accept the challenge to read at least 12 hours this summer! Imagine all the places reading will take you without social distancing! Log your reading for prizes and have fun with online activities. We’ll add more activities, Stories & Crafts, and Readapalooza fun every week on the Summer Reading webpage.

Kids will receive a prize (while supplies last) for every 4 hours of reading (up to 12 hours) and a book when they complete the challenge. Adults will receive a library commemorative 150th anniversary journal (while supplies last) when they complete the challenge. Log your reading for prizes and have fun with online activities. We’ll add more activities, Stories & Crafts, and Readapalooza fun every week.

Virtual Art Exhibit for Children

Take part in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery’s Art Exhibit for Children – Story Worlds. We’ll visit a world under the ocean, try our hand at dragon fighting, brave a mountain full of lava and even get sucked into a blackhole! On our many quests we’ll learn new art skills, stretch our funny bones with silliness, and discover that we’re all awesome storytellers.

Waiting for Later Phases

The library building, bookmobiles and Smart Lockers will not be available until Phase 3. The Friends of the Library will not accept book donations at this time. Watch our website and Facebook page for updates as the timing of the phases can change.

“The library is thinking of this proposed timeline as being on a dial,” said library CEO Gina Millsap. “We may move the dial forward to offer more hours and services, but we may also move it back to ensure that we are following the most current recommendations from local health officials.”

As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. She loves reading fiction and is working to keep her TBR list under 120. Ginger is also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society.