Where Auburn Comes Together!
Hello, Auburn! It is hard to believe that the Fourth of July is upon us already. As we all prepare for the holiday weekend, I wanted to take a minute to update you all on where the library is at with our reopening plans.
We have also expanded our digital holdings that are available 24×7 including adding content and additional funding to NH.Overdrive.com and HooplaDigital.com. Usage is up on both of these so we know you are using them! Developing these online resources, monitoring them, assisting patrons in using them all takes a lot of more time then one might realize, so we are delighted that the response has been so excellent!
We are also working on plans for allowing the public back into the building. Our number one priority is keeping staff and patrons safe. Developing a plan for our next stage of reopening is turning out to be a bit more complicated then we hoped to meet all the state and federal guidelines. These guidelines are fluid and are regularly being updated without notice, so it is like trying to hit a moving target. Then there is still a lack in the availability of PPE for the library. That being said, we did just receive our sneeze guards for the counter as well as a shipment of sanitizer from the state library.
We also lack the recommended HVAC system which means we will need to keep windows open regardless of outside temperatures once we open to the public. We also need to increase our cleaning of the library to every two hours which takes staff away from from their regular tasks as well as necessitates a good stockpile of cleaning supplies.
We are also aware that none of our neighboring libraries have opened up to the public yet and they have only just started offering curbside pick-up. We also boarder with towns that have a much higher number of COVID-19 cases and people from these towns are calling us and requesting access since their public libraries are not open. For instance, we boarder Manchester and the Manchester Public Library is not planning to open until the end of the month or early August. If we open before them, we know that some of their patrons will come here.
Staff will be required to wear masks when we open up to the public, which means they cannot eat or drink while we are open to the public. As most staff work 7 – 8 hour shifts, we need to devise a plan that allows them to take breaks, both for food and hydration, but also to clean.
So, when we do allow the public back in, it will look a bit different and will likely be by appointment. On behalf of the Library Trustees and staff, I would like to thank everyone in Auburn and all of our patrons for their continued support. If you have any questions or concerns about our reopening plans, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 603.483.5374 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Growney, Library Director