Greenwich Free Library

July Newsletter

Baby Steps, Baby

Curbside service is cruising along, books that were stuck in transit in libraries throughout the SALS system are finding their way home and we're planning for the next step. Although it's going to be a long time before we're back to our old selves, we're happy to announce that we will be opening for limited in-library service starting July 13th. What do we mean by limited? You can think of it as "love us and leave us" .


In order to keep within our occupancy limits (15), allow for social distancing and take into account what we know about the spread of COVID 19, we will be asking people to take care of their business, briefly visit with us and head on out to make room for others. We will only have a couple of computers available, so we are asking people to limit the time they spend. (Did you know that you can check out a laptop if you need more time?) There won't be study or hang out spaces, toys or kids computers (boo!). There won't be in-person programs or meeting rooms to reserve (boo!). We won't be the library you know and love for a while yet, but we'll be one step closer. (See schedule below)


In the mean time, we aren't sitting around moping. The library has doubled down on our virtual offerings for Summer Reading and come up with some fun ideas for getting out and being active all summer long. So, join a book club you can attend while on your back porch, take the kids on a literary scavenger hunt, ramp up your photography skills, enjoy a virtual visit to a local farm, discover a nearby park, landmark or playground, learn to raise and tag butterflies or build an amazing Lego creation. Get the reading app, log your time and win prizes. Summer is still fun!


A burning question has been, "When is the SALS interlibrary loan system going to start up again?". The answer is, "Soon." Some of the larger libraries still have a backlog of items to check in but they have been making a tremendous effort.


In compliance with the Governor's Executive Order and the consensus of the scientific and medical communities, we will be requiring that everyone over the age of two who enters the Library wear a cover or mask over their nose and mouth. Libraries serve everyone from the very young to the very old, people with compromised health and other groups that face severe consequences from a COVID 19 infection. Your face mask protects your community.


Those who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, are welcome to continue using the curbside alternative. No need to tell us why, just ask for curbside.


Stay safe, keep reading. We can't wait to see you again


Annie

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Limited Open Building Hours Start July 13th!

Monday: 9am - 2pm

Tuesday: 3pm - 7pm

Wednesday: 9am - 2pm

Thursday: 3pm - 7pm

Friday: 9am - 2pm

Saturday: 10am - 1pm

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Book Bags for Little Kids

Little readers can burn through books like nobody's business. Parents and caregivers who don't want to spend hours looking through the catalog can always request a book bag. Each bag contains ten books with a variety of authors and topics and is numbered so you can keep a list of the ones you've already read. Just call and ask for a book bag or two. Summer should be easy!
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Copies and Faxes

Copy, scan and fax are available as a curbside service. Call and ask. We're happy to help.
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