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2020•07 - BCPL Newsletter

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experience... 3 Grab a device and your preschooler and join us for virtual storytime! Your favorite storytime presenters are recording at home so the Library's youngest customers don't miss out. The Library's storytimes stimulate your child's development and build language and literacy skills through stories, rhymes and songs to help them be ready to read when they start school. Go to youtube.com/user/boonelibrary to watch storytime with your child. Endless creativity. No restrictions. I want to thank the community for their patience as we work to reopen our Libraries. Libraries across Kentucky wait for guidance from Governor Beshear and his staff on what we need to do in order to reopen and to stay open. That being said, I have been reading the guidance posted for retail, governmental agencies, child care facilities, restaurants, and the minimum guidelines to reopen. From those documents I have made some educated guesses as to what this will look like for libraries. We do know that it will not be business as usual. There will be new procedures and service limitations. Some may be short term, some may last longer, and some may be permanent. This will be a slow process. When we reopen to the public, I believe that we will still have to practice social distancing. We will need to limit the number of people in our buildings and in some cases limit the number of people in designated areas of the Library. We will operate on reduced hours. We have removed half of the furniture from the public areas and all of the toys from the children's area. In addition, we have scattered the computers throughout the building so that all of the computers are available for use, but they are not located in the same area to help with social distancing. Aisles will be marked as one way and 6 foot markers will be placed on the floors to help you social distance. Restrooms have been converted to automatic commodes, sinks, and urinals. For those people still not comfortable visiting public places, we will continue curbside service at all locations. Staff will be wearing masks for your protection, and we are asking that you wear masks for our protection. Plexiglas shields have been in- stalled at all service desks, and we will have a smaller number of staffed stations available. I highly encourage downloading the Library app, so that you can check out your own materials. Study Rooms will be open, but we will limit the number of people in each room. Meeting Rooms will not be available for the public to use. BCPL is currently using the meeting rooms to quarantine returned materials per CDC guidelines and to store the furniture removed from the public areas. In person programs through July are canceled, and I am starting to look at August programs. We are offering online storytimes that can be found on our YouTube channel. We will offer some book discussion groups online and are looking at some other virtual programming ideas. Our Summer Reading Program, which runs through July 31, has moved totally online. I am considering bringing in person Adult programming back first, then Teen Programming, and then children's programming. Adults un- derstand social distancing better. When we do offer in person programs again, we will have registration that will help us to limit the number of people in meeting rooms to meet maximum capacity guidelines. As soon as we have more information and an opening date, we will share it with you through our website and social media channels. We miss you and hope to see you soon. Be safe and be healthy. Update from Library Director, Carrie Herrmann Get creative with Creativebug! Creativebug provides instructional videos for arts-and-crafts projects that you can watch on your favorite device, anytime and anywhere. Projects include art and design, sewing, quilting, paper crafts, knitting, crochet, food, jewelry, and holidays and parties. Take advantage of the "My Gallery" to upload images of your finished projects or add them to the "Community Gallery" if you want to share your creativity with others. Go to bcpl.org/digital and scroll down to Creativebug. Create an account and start getting creative!

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