Putting You First

Dear Library Friends,

The library is essential to the welfare of the community, therefore our reopening plan has the health, safety, and well-being of the staff and public as its first priority. The corona virus has to still be taken very seriously, especially with new cases on the rise. At the on-set of COVID-19 the library Board of Trustees adopted to follow the guidance of the CDC.

All 14 library directors agreed to new policies and procedures to offer service and lend items safely. Libraries are very different from shops and restaurants in that we share materials that belong to 13 other libraries and those items come back. Therefor they are considered potential hazards and are quarantined for three days before going back to their home libraries and our items are cleaned before going back on the shelf.  We had lengthy discussions with the IT Dept as to how to manage our operating systems in a reduced capacity as it is not simply a matter of flipping a switch. Several functions are interconnected so these factors have to be considered.

As of July 6, we are sharing materials across the county again so you are able to request up to 5 items (call us if you need more) from the online catalog and pick them up here.  Summer Reading has been modified to an online version for families to log reading time. Download the Beanstack app from your smart device, or access it from our website to use a computer to create an account for each of your children. Once they reach levels and earn virtual badges, they can redeem them for actual prizes that are similar to what we offered in prior years depending on the sponsor.

We are actively planning for you to come back into the library. It will be a different experience, but we have added more books to choose from and additional copies of popular titles for you to enjoy. Please monitor our website for information about scheduling an appointment for your visit.

The most important part of the library is its community. Being an active library user and supporter is essential to our existence. Please tell the Strasburg Borough Council members that your library is important to you and encourage them to uphold their financial pledge on your behalf.

The more we hear from you, the better we can serve you. Please email your questions and comments to staff@strasburglibrary.org

Stay safe, stay well.

Best regards,

Kristin Fernitz

Director