Masks are coming off all around and we are seeing more and more smiling faces. It’s our hope that as spring arrives, we’ll be circling back to normal for good. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to wear masks and encouraged to maintain social distancing; you would be in good company since many staff have elected to continue mask wearing. We have left in place plexiglas shields and other barriers at service points.
Our numbers are going up as people venture out more and borrow more, knowing there are no overdue penalties. Our downloadable ebooks and audiobooks hit records during the peak of the pandemic and have only subsided a little. Meanwhile, our branches continue to offer quiet places to read, study and find that next great book. If something doesn’t jump out at you while you browse the new books sections, or our collection of nearly a million items, be sure to ask one of our librarians for a recommendation or use an online tool like Novelist.
We continue to offer a wide variety of library programs for every age, both in our branches and online. Check out our Spotlight for information on library programs that will inform, entertain and educate. Get your toddler on the reading train early with our SOARING program, which matches programs and books to your child’s reading readiness.
If you’ve never used Libby – our award-winning app for ebooks and e-audiobooks – you are missing out big time. Perhaps you enjoy using the popular Audible app from Amazon. Well, think how much more enjoyable it would be if it were free, and that’s Libby for you.
We are gearing up for the grand opening of a new Montgomery branch sometime in June. The branch will feature many “firsts” for us that we hope to bring to other locations such as 24/7 book lockers for grabbing your holds on your schedule and an automated materials handling system to check in and sort returned materials.
Stop in to see us soon!
Brian K. Auger