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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.

 

 

Curbside service!

Hello library community,

We miss your friendly faces, but we’re all doing the right thing by minimizing our contact.  That said, we believe that at this time we can begin to check out items via curbside service.  If you want to take part, here’s how:

  • Our regular online request process remains in place. Please note that items requested online will not be immediately available, and some items may not be available at all.
  • We will also accept requests by phone during pickups hours only. Note that we will need at least 15 minutes to process requests.
  • You will choose your pickup time during pickup hours and we will check out materials to you, print a receipt, package your checked-out items, and leave them in the entryway with your initials attached. Please retrieve materials promptly.  You must make an appointment ahead of time.

Pickup hours

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

We will take all reasonable precautions, but you should exercise your own judgment.   

FAQs:

Q: Can I come in to the library to select my items?
A: No, the library building past the entryway remains closed.  Library staff will check out items to you and leave them in the lobby at the time of your pickup appointment.

Q: I’m not sure of the exact titles I want.  Can you help?
A: Yes, we would be glad to help you find something you will enjoy during our phone conversation.

Q: What are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on materials?
A: We are using gloves, washing our hands regularly, and holding returned items for 24 hours before they can be checked out again.  If you are still concerned, we recommend holding items for 24-72 hours before opening them.  Please do not use cleaners on library materials as they may cause damage.

Q: What if I want to keep the items I have checked out until the library reopens?
A: That’s just fine.  Due dates have been automatically extended, and if you end up with late fees accrued during this period, we will gladly waive them.

Q: What if I set up an appointment and then miss it?
A: We will hold your materials for up to 10 days in the library, but you will need to make a new pick up appointment.

If you have more questions, please call us during pickup hours at 507-744-3977 or send an email to lon_dir@selco.info.

Library Closing Extended

In keeping with the Governor’s shelter in place order, the library will remain closed through April 11th.  We hope to reopen on April 13th, but the situation remains fluid.  Thank you for your ongoing understanding.  Please stay home if you can and stay safe, friends.

LIBRARY CLOSING

CLOSED MARCH 18 – MARCH 28

In keeping with recommendations by the State of Minnesota and the American Library Association, the library will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 through Saturday, March 28.   Further updates will be forthcoming as the situation develops.

The book drop in the lobby will continue to be available for book returns.  Items can be renewed through the online catalog.  If you are unable to return or renew items, don’t worry.  Any late fees accrued during this time will be waived; just let us know when we’re back in business.

Meanwhile, stay safe friends!

All events cancelled

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Lonsdale Public Library will remain open for our regular business hours for the time being.  However, all library events including story time are cancelled until March 28 and the story room and meeting room will be closed to outside events.  As you know, the situation is constantly changing, so check back regularly for updates.