It seems like just yesterday we were waiting for spring to arrive, and now we find ourselves already on the cusp of fall. 2020 has been an exceptionally strange year, but we are excited to be active in the community again!
We’re so excited that Main Library re-opens today! This is the first time since March that all our locations are open! We are so glad to be back; every step towards “normalcy” feels amazing. Thank you so much for your cooperation and patience as we navigate the craziness that has been 2020. You’ve been great!
As locations re-open, Branch Managers have been sharing their thoughts on returning after such a long hiatus. Each one has been extremely happy to return, and Luellen and Sarah are no exception!
Perry Sippo is Open!
By Luellen Wilson
The branch staff at Perry are going on three weeks open to the public, and we are seeing more familiar masks—sorry, I mean faces—every day.
Patrons admit to missing us, but I think we come second with the kids, who mostly missed the fish. A family came in last week just to see the fish, but we weren’t offended. We know the fish were lonely while we were gone and are happy to see more people, too.
Overall, patrons have been friendly and are happy to have their library open again, as are we.
Keep Calm Sandy Valley, We're Back!
By Sarah Bowen
Patrons from the Sandy Valley community have been calling and stopping by for weeks to check on our re-opening status. Since August 4th, we’ve happily been able to say, “Come on in, we’re open!”
On opening day, one patron was so excited that she arrived 15 minutes before we opened. She proclaimed that she had missed the library so much that she wanted to be the first one in when we opened our doors! Most of the patrons who visited during our first few days were thrilled to be able to browse the shelves and look for new reading material. As Mason Cooley put it, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
Others were thankful to have access to computers, business services, and helpful, smiling faces right in their community. Providing library materials and services to our patrons has truly been rewarding work. As someone who did not work at this location before the closure, it’s clear that the Sandy Valley community loves their library.