Category Archives: about us

New Mask Rules

Masks are no longer required to enter the library.  The health and safety of our staff and patrons remains our first priority. If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue to wear a mask.

Please continue to socially distance and stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.  No-contact pickup is still available on demand.

 

Repairs

Consider this a reminder to please let the library do repairs.  We have training and materials to do a much better job than the general public.  If you tear a page, please just let us know.   Don’t do this!

Meeting Room Opening!

After a long hiatus, our meeting room will be reopening for meetings beginning Monday, March 29th!  In accordance with current regulations, the limit will be 49 people (50% capacity).  Masks and social distancing are required.  Remember that keys must be picked up while the library is open, so check with the library regarding hours if you are unsure.   Please call the library with any questions.

TEMPORARY Meeting Room Application

The story room remains closed until further notice.

Library Reopening!

The library will be reopening to the public on February 1st!  We are looking forward to seeing your faces!

Restrictions will still apply:

  • Limit of 10 patrons at a time
  • Masks required for everyone age 5 and up
  • Please maintain six foot distance when possible
  • Computer use limited to one hour

For those of you still wanting it, we will add one hour before regular opening just for no-contact pickup.  You can order no-contact pickup during open hours as well, but with people coming and going we can’t guarantee you won’t meet someone in the lobby.

HOURS:

_______________NO-CONTACT      OPEN
MONDAY                   12-1                        1-6
TUESDAY                  2-3                          3-7
WEDNESDAY           12-1                        1-5
THURSDAY               12-1                       1-5
FRIDAY                      12-1                        1-6
SATURDAY               NONE                    10-2

Library update

Hello, friends.  We miss seeing you and are doing our best to provide you good and safe service.  We’re keeping a close eye on COVID case statistics to determine when we can open to the public for browsing again.  The trend is encouraging.  As soon as we have an opening date, we will let you know.

Meanwhile, we would like your opinion:  Should we have an hour before the library opens specifically for no-contact pickup?  We don’t want to deny access to those who prefer not to interact with staff and public.

Don’t forget that you can order books and movies online or by phone and pick them up with no contact.  And we keep getting new materials all the time, like these new titles for grownups and young people.

No-Contact Pickup Hours

Monday:         1-6
Tuesday:        3-7
Wednesday: 1-5
Thursday:      1-5
Friday:             1-6
Saturday:       10-2

Year in Review

We are saying goodbye to 2020, a tumultuous year to say the least, and welcome 2021.  Let’s take a quick look back.

With the COVID-19 epidemic, we were closed for part of the year and did no-contact pickup for part of the year.  Like many in the community, several members of the staff contracted the disease, but we all recovered.  We greatly appreciate all of you who use the library; you have been great sports.  Thanks for hanging in there with us!

We checked out 14,438 physical items in 2020, which is not bad, all things considered.
For comparison we checked out 21,576 in 2010.  Final numbers for e-book checkouts are still pending, but are expected to be much, much higher than past years.

Our most checked out books were a little more diverse than in previous years, including a board book, easy readers, a juvenile non-fiction book, a chapter book, and even a grown-up mystery.

EVENTS

Before COVID hit we squeezed in a Harry Potter-themed escape room, which was conquered by kids and adults alike.

Shortly after that everything changed, and the rest of the year was all about connecting in different ways.   Summer reading became a take-and-make affair.  We put together packets each week for pre-readers, readers and teens/tweens.  In the end, we distributed 650 over six weeks.  The staff created videos to introduce the contents of each packet and demonstrate the crafts.

 

Our annual Halloween party also became a take-and-make affair.  We gave out 100 or so packets with fun activities, coloring pages, toys and candy.  Luckily, many of our friends showed up in costume to pick them up.  We love to see those great costumes and big smiles!

The community also played along with our in-person and online favorite candy bracket.  After 250 votes, we determined that Lonsdale’s favorite candy is Twix!

We embraced social media more than ever, producing virtual storytimes for kids and book chats for grownups. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, so you don’t miss anything.

Here’s hoping we get to see a lot more of you next year!

 

New library app!

We’ve got a new app that will allow you to take the catalog with you wherever you go via a mobile app on your smartphone. The app makes it simple  to search for materials, place holds, manage your account and more.

The Lonsdale Public Library is part of the SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) regional public library system, which spans 11 counties and includes 36 public libraries. SELCO worked with a developer to create the region-wide app that will function similarly to the desktop version of the catalog. Users will be able to search the regional catalog as well as their own library’s, manage their account, place holds, renew materials, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, and find libraries near them based on their location.

The app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. You can find it by typing “SELCO Libraries” in the search bar. If you have questions or need help downloading the app, please contact the library for assistance.

Mask required for library use

In accordance with Governor’s Executive Order 20-81:

As of Saturday, July 25th
masks are required to enter and use the library.  

 

  • Masks must cover nose and mouth.
  • Children over 5 must wear a mask. Masks are recommended for ages 2-5.
  • We have masks available for adults and children at no charge.

REOPENING

Starting Monday, June 1st the library will be open to the public with limited hours.

Monday, Wednesday-Friday:  1-5
Tuesday: 3-7
Saturday: 11-1

Restrictions will be in place:

  • Limit of 10 patrons at a time
  • Please maintain six foot distance when possible
  • Wearing a mask is highly recommended
  • Computer use limited to one hour

No-contact pickup will continue to be available during these times for those who prefer it.