Expanded Service Hours Coming Soon – September 28!
The Otsego District Library Staff would like to thank you for all the positive encouragement in the past several months as the library has navigated the unprecedented process of reopening to the public during the Covid Pandemic. We have heard many great things about our drive-up window, and others are happy to be utilizing the building again since mid-July. We hope you will use the library in whichever way you feel safest.
As a public space we cannot guarantee all surfaces are sanitized at all times, but our staff does continue to work to sanitize throughout the day, especially in high touch point areas and the computers in between uses. We appreciate the community’s willingness to use the library while wearing a mask, social distancing, using good hygiene when visiting the library, and not coming to the library sick. We would like to thank you, we have had very few issues so far and we appreciate that!
We currently continue to quarantine items upon return. When you put your returns in the outdoor book drop, they are sent to the program room where they remain for a week before being checked in and re-shelved into the collection.
Today we have **exciting** news to announce. We will be expanding our service hours to 10-6 on Mondays-Fridays, 10-3 Saturdays, starting Monday, September 28, for both the building and the drive-up window. This adds an additional 4 hours of access to both the window and the facility on every weekday. The change starting Sep. 28 with the drive-up window will be that the window will transition to a call-in model. (You will call the library when you arrive at the window). At this time, our study rooms and Michigan History Room will also be available for public use by request and sanitized between uses. Building capacity limits will stay in place and the Friends Bookstore, Teen Room, and Early Literacy Center will stay temporarily closed.
We hope you had a chance to check out our Fall Newsletter https://otsegolibrary.org/newsletter/ and all the creative new services and virtual programs we are offering. A popular new service is our Book Packs to Go! https://otsegolibrary.org/bookpacks/ We are also eagerly preparing Rising Reader Activity Kits (thanks in part to the memorial donation of Albert Hoekstra!) for parents to work with their children on vital literacy skills – keep an eye out for those to start appearing later this fall and early winter in the children’s area! Our awesome staff continues to think of creative and adaptive ways to serve you at this time.
We hope you will remember your library is **Here For You!**
Have a great weekend!
Andrea Estelle, Library Director
Otsego District Library