Mendon Public Library

Response to COVID-19

May 18, 2020


Mendon Public Library Update - May 18, 2020

 

The Mendon Public Library Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that the Mendon Public Library will begin to offer curbside materials pick up. This new service model allows the library to safely loan materials during this unprecedented health crisis.

Keeping the safety of our staff and patrons at the forefront, the library will NOT be opening its doors to the public at this time. We are pleased to offer this first step in total reopening as we work toward full reopening in the future.

The library staff is ready to give you the personalized experience you have come to expect at our library. As always, you can view the Monroe County Library System Catalog (libraryweb.org) for specific titles. Please include the full title, author, and call number with these requests. Limited selection and unpredictable availability may necessitate substitutions. Therefore, consider offering alternative suggestions like “Adult Mysteries” or “Anything by Roald Dahl” or “Teen Dystopia” when placing requests.

Ideally, to help us serve you, please send an email to
mendonlibrarycirculation@libraryweb.org. An email will be the easiest way for us to help you. If email isn’t an option, please leave a message at 624-6067 clearly stating your name and phone number. We will call you back. Please be considerate when making requests. Speak and/or type clearly, starting with a reasonable number of items, and provide good contact information.


We appreciate your patience as we develop this new service model. We will be filling requests Monday through Friday, with pick up hours scheduled at varied times during the weekdays. May 26 is our first trial/test week, with full curbside service planned for June 1st. It’s our goal to process requests in 48 hours.

All items currently checked out are now due on June 29, 2020.

 

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April 27, 2020

Mendon Public Library Update - April 27, 2020

 

In times of crisis, community use of public libraries typically increases. But, this crisis has been different from any other challenge we have ever experienced.  We realize that many of you are becoming anxious for us to open our doors.  We feel your pain.

 

Our library is the heart of our community. Our patrons come to visit with their friends, meet colleagues in our study rooms, and enjoy play dates in the Children’s Area. Many of you visit the library for structured visits with family members, interviews, and small business meetings.  Like so much right now, the Knit Nook, Technology Classes, and newly formed Sewing Group, have all been put on hold.  We know many of you miss your morning cup of coffee and catching up on the news with the newspapers and magazines near the fireplace. Like you, the staff misses this community interaction. But, to stay safe, which is our main priority, social distancing keeps us apart and not in our beautiful gathering space.

 

While we are closed as mandated by COVID 19 prevention procedures, we are not out of reach. Library staff continue to work remotely, checking voicemail and e-mail. If you have a special request, please contact us at 624-6067 or mendonlibrarycirculation@libraryweb.org. We are not promising that we can accommodate all your requests, but we will look at each request carefully and try to accommodate as safely as possible. Also, please note that due dates have been extended to June 29, 2020.  No fines will be issued during this extraordinary time.

 

We support all of the MCLS resources that are available to you online. We are currently adding content to our e-books and downloadable shared collections. If you don’t have a card that allows you access these materials, please visit our website, mendonlibrary.org for information on how to access those resources with a free e-card. In addition, we are purchasing some new hardbound materials so that when we do open, we don’t have gaps in our collection. Like always, are staff is trying to connect you to the stories you want, the information you need and the community you seek.

 

And, for those of you that are seeking employment and need library services to network, please reach out. In addition to our knowledgeable staff, we have partnerships with all Monroe County Libraries. We can work together to find you the individualized service you need for your special circumstance.  

 

We look to the Monroe County Health Department guidelines for how to safely reopen. We are evaluating our library space to make sure we have adequate cleaning protocols, safety procedures, and social distancing measures in place. We are also considering different models of service, that would allow us to reopen safely and slowly, possibly experimenting with curbside delivery, call-ahead appointments, and even limited hours and/or limited guest visits.

 

In the meantime, know we’re in this together. Your pain is ours. Please stay in touch with us through our website, social media, online offerings, email and voice mail at the library. Stay well and stay strong.

 

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April 15, 2020

Mendon Public Library Update for Mid April

 

Hello from the Mendon Public Library. The library has been closed since mid March in response to COVID-19, but, we’re still working remotely, trying to connect you safely to the materials and services that you enjoy.

 

At present, we do not know when we will be allowed to reopen. Library staff and library leadership are educating themselves on what needs to happen prior to and after the library is permitted to reopen. We’re not sure what changes we’ll have to make in our operations, interactions, and materials handling, but, rest assured, we’re trying to make sure we do the best we can for our community. So, if we have to limit the number of patrons in our building, forego programs and gatherings in our building for a while, or institute new lending practices, know that we’ll thoughtfully consider how to safely provide services in this time of the pandemic.

 

The Summer Reading Program for 2020 might look different than we originally planned. Should group gatherings not be allowed, we’ll work with our local businesses (HFMP/MMMP/M&T Bank), schools, and community leaders to help ensure that “Imagine Your Story” offerings keep us all reading and engaged.

 

Right now, we’re offering streaming Story Times (Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 2 pm, live on Instagram), as well as several streaming programs with presenters our patrons are familiar with. For a full listing of what’s available, please visit our website at mendonlibrary.org.

 

All books and materials currently checked out should be kept in your homes and are now due on May 18th. The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) has assured us that no fines/collections will be generated during this time. Physical holds have been put on hiatus and will resume with the reopening of the library system.

 

Patrons are allowed to borrow online materials. Use your Monroe County Library Card to access ebooks and audiobooks using Overdrive or Libby. You can also sign up for an e-card if you don’t have one. For information, please visit mendonlibrary.org.

 

Would you like to be added to our monthly enewsletter list? If yes, please sign up on our website, mendonlibrary.org via the “What We Offer” tab (Newsletter).

 

Please check out website and social media sites periodically to stay up-to-date. Updated information on Mendon Public Library services can be found at Mendonlibrary.org, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our free Wi-Fi (available in the parking lot) and online resources remain available 24/7.

 

Any questions just call and leave a clear message. 585-624-6067 or email mendonlibrarycirculation@libraryweb.org. We’re checking periodically and are trying to get back to folks without too much time passing.

 

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Statement from Our Library Director – April 1, 2020

 

To our Mendon Public Library (MPL) Patrons,

 

The Mendon Public Library may have closed its red door in response to COVID-19, but, we’re still working remotely, trying to connect you safely to the materials and services that you enjoy.

 

Please know we’re here for you, and know…

  • All books and materials currently checked out should be kept in your homes and are now due on May 18th. The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) has assured us that no fines/collections will be generated during this time. Physical holds have been put on hiatus and will resume with the reopening of the library system.

     

  • Materials are still available to you. The entire system has increased downloadable materials (books, audio books, videos, and magazines) and all can be accessed at   (libraryweb.overdrive.com). Download the MCLS app, called Libby, by Overdrive. If you or someone you know don’t have a library card, please share that e-cards are available regardless of where you live. You can sign up for an e-card at libraryweb.org/using_the_library/apply-for-a-library-card An e-card will allow patrons to download all kinds of materials, safely.

     

  • Programming is still available to you. MPL is currently offering streaming Story Time at 10 am on Tuesdays and 2 pm on Thursdays on Instagram. We’re exploring other ways to connect and will update our website and social media sites, accordingly.

Know that we miss you and are looking forward to the day we can connect face-to-face, again. Until then, keep up-to-date by following the MPL on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), sign up for our email newsletter (mendonlibrary.org/what-we-offer/newsletter-signup), visit our website (mendonlibrary.org), and view our program calendar (mendonlibrary.org/what-we-offer/library-events) for information on our streaming programs and interactive offerings. If you have a question, call 585-624-6067 (leave a clear message – we’re checking, occasionally) or email your question to mendonlibrarycirculation@libraryweb.org – we’ll try to respond in a timely manner.

 

Please stay safe, stay informed, and know we’ll get through this, together.

 

Sincerely,

Laurie Guenther

MPL Library Director

 

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March 20, 2020

Mendon Public Library Response to COVID-19

The staff of the Mendon Public Library is working behind the scenes to make sure library services continue in some form for all our patrons. We understand that library service is now more important than ever and we hope our patrons know that we are thankful for their patience as we adjust to new protocols and procedures.

 

Safety

At this point, our primary concern is the safety of our community. Working remotely, the Mendon Public Library staff is trying to offer as much service as we can to the public. We are working with the Monroe County Library System (MCLS) to give you as much online content as possible. In addition, we continue to offer free WiFi on our grounds. Some larger libraries are offering limited services. We expect to rely on only MCLS shared services for at least a few weeks, and, quite possibly, the duration of the emergency.

 

Materials

We are following MCLS guidelines to quarantine books for 72 hours before handling. As such, until we have a system and equipment in place to ensure that we’re meeting all safety protocols regarding the handling of materials, our book drops will remain closed. Furthermore, as much as we would like to, we are not going to put out a give and take bookrack. Many people are cleaning and probably have lots of wonderful donations to give us. Please hold your donations, do not put donations outside the library. To keep our community safe, we will not be bringing donations into the building.

 

Procedures

Current materials on loan will now be due on May 18, 2020. Rest assured you may retain the materials in your possession without fines. Please keep all materials borrowed until notified otherwise. In addition, note that physical hold expiration dates have been extended until further notice. When libraries reopen, holds will be filled in order for each library location.

Finally, library user accounts with outstanding fines and fees (above $35.00) that would normally be referred to collections, will not be referred at this time.

 

Questions

We are attempting to update our webpage (mendonlibrary.org) and social media sites frequently. However, if you need assistance, feel free to email your question to: (mendonlibrarycirculation@libraryweb.org). We will attempt to help if:



  • Your library card expired and will not work on MCLS online services;

  • You have fines on your card which prevent you from using MCLS online services;

  • You are a student/guardian of HFL student and want free access to MCLS online resources (this includes all areas outside of Monroe County);

  • You are a regular patron of the MPL and would like free online access to MCLS online resources.

 

Thank you.

 


  

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