As some businesses begin to open in New Hampshire, I want to share how the Minot-Sleeper Library continues to serve our community. The staff and trustees are developing a phased reopening plan that puts the safety of our staff and community before anything else.
The library staff continues to work remotely. Cindy, Evelyn, Paula, Rayanne, and Shayne are answering phone calls during our normal hours; they are offering online programming and hosting community groups to meet on the library’s Zoom application just as we would in our building’s meeting space. The staff is providing reference services. Much work is being done to plan for an alternative Summer Reading Program for all ages.
The trustees, staff, and I are working diligently to craft a reopening plan that ensures the safety of all and provides services and resources in addition to those that have continued to be available digitally. The first phase in the reopening plan is to get our staff back in the building and prepare for a new workplace. Just to have staff back working in the building requires new policies and procedures. The second phase of the reopening plan is to provide curbside service. Once the library moves to this phase, materials in the building will be available to be borrowed using a process that ensures safety for both staff and patrons. The details of how and when this will begin are still being planned.
These unprecedented times will change how we work and provide service. New health and safety precautions will be put in place. Library materials and resources will be made available in new ways. Change can be difficult, which makes me feel as fortunate as ever to work for a community that is understanding and appreciative of the work done at the Minot-Sleeper Library.
Director, Minot-Sleeper Library