Hello library friends. We hope you are all doing well. Restrictions are slowly loosening, but the world is still different and likely will be for a long while. Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of your lives.
Library update: We continue to do no-contact pickup in the lobby. If you want to request items or have questions, give us a call at 507-744-3977. More updates when circumstances change.
Summer reading update: There will be a summer reading program, but it will look very different. What won’t be different is the fun and learning. Look for an entry with more details coming soon.
Meanwhile, here are some more fun things to do right now in the real word and the virtual world.
Real world stuff:
I know a lot of you are taking regular walks, especially now that the weather seems to be changing. One fun way to entertain kids on your walk is to make a bracelet of duct tape, sticky side out, and attach pretty flowers and plants you find. Check out The Kitchen Pantry Scientist for more information.
Fun for little hands on a warm day is this activity that may be familiar to attendees of our Hands-On Science group. Put a few small plastic toys in a freezable container, cover in water and freeze. When you’re ready, take them out to the lawn on a sunny day along with some water and tools like eyedroppers or squeeze bottles. Kids will love melting them free. Little Bins for Little Hands has more specific ideas.
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.
We will take all reasonable precautions, but you should exercise your own judgment.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
We love that our story room gets used by kids and families. We love that all the toys and games we stock are fun for you to play with. Thank you to the many, many people that use the room conscientiously.
But someone left this mess for us to clean up. That’s not nice. So here’s a reminder to please think of others and try to leave the room as you found it.
Also, please be sure that you’re not accidentally taking home anything that belongs to the library. We’ve recently lost a Kermit the Frog and some dinosaur figurines, for example. If you find them among your toys, please send them home. We promise to ask no questions.