York County Libraries: Renewed!
2020 has given us quite a spring and summer here at York County Libraries! Everyone has had to learn new ways to do everyday tasks, your local libraries included. We quickly transformed our in-library SummerQuest program to the virtual world, incorporating story time videos, live book chats, and interactive Zoom events. When staff returned to our buildings, we added do-it-yourself challenges, hands-on crafts, and curbside book pickup along with new cleaning and handling procedures. We have gone from total lockdown to adding just a few library services, and now we are moving on to our next phase: Renewal!
Starting Monday, August 31, many YCL locations will start expanded in-library services. You can find hours and availability here. We’re not back to pre-pandemic levels just yet, but we are working toward carefully adding more services as we can safely do so. Our staff and visitors’ health and safety is our highest concern.
Starting Monday the 31st, you’ll be able to browse the full library collections in person*, including reference, children’s, and teens’ areas. DVDs and video games will be making a return, as well; you can rent these for $2 a week. Our Collections Department is also putting some shiny new books on our shelves for you to enjoy!
Print books and CD audiobooks will continue to be loaned for the extended 4-week period. Overdue fees will start accruing to accounts for late returns, but now we’re also able to process in-person and online payments for fees and rentals. When paying in cash, exact change is appreciated.
We’re happy to announce we are able to provide copying and faxing services at most locations; please call to verify first. At Martin and Collinsville Libraries, we are also re-introducing Hotspot rentals, just in time for distance learning this fall. You can get a hotspot to take home and access the internet for 4 weeks, for just $20! Here’s a link to see if your address has cellular coverage for the hotspot.
*Kreutz Creek Library and Salem Square Library are not available due to space
You can also make cash or check donations in person as well as online. If you have books you’d like to donate to us? Please ask your library before bringing them. Some of our Friends groups can take them to sell for library support, but this varies by location. If your books are mildewed, stained, or falling apart, please recycle them instead of donating them.
You love our book bundles, lobby/curbside pickup, and grab-and-go crafts, so those services will continue at several locations. Don’t feel comfortable coming in? We understand your caution! We have 80,000 ebooks, eAudios, videos and comics available online through Axis360, Hoopla, and ComicsPlus, as well as our 80+ online databases. All are FREE for YCL members to use. In addition, several libraries offer special hours for at-risk persons to browse the collections. Programming will continue to be online into the fall, so make sure to hit Follow on our social media so you don’t miss out! We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a YouTube channel.
Your Help + Our Services = Success
Together, we can make these new services work well enough to allow us to safely add more services! You may have noticed not everything is returning just yet. To the best of our knowledge, computers, magazines, kits, toys, and board books all offer a much better chance for this virus to spread—we have the science to prove it. We are still learning the safest ways we can bring back these and other items and services, but in the meantime:
- All of our libraries will have building and area occupancy limits. At times, we may ask you to wait patiently while others complete their library business in an area before allowing entry.
- We require a well-fitting mask or face covering be worn over the mouth and nose at all times in our buildings. Face shields, bandanas, and scarves are also OK! Please contact your home library with questions.
- We have hand sanitizer stations at the entrances and throughout our buildings. Help us stay germ-free by sanitizing your hands upon entry and after handling items.
- Do your best to observe physical distancing from staff and others who do not live in your household.
- Be respectful of staff and others while in our buildings. We want to maintain a safe and happy place for everyone to enjoy. Stay behind our plexiglass shields, and just ask us to speak up if you can’t hear us.
- Be mindful that others are waiting. We’d love to be able to talk books with you all day, but we just can’t right now. (Anyway, the sooner you finish at the library, the sooner you can dig into that great new read!)
We can’t wait to see you back in our buildings, even if all we can see is your smiling eyes above your masks. We’re smiling right back under ours!