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We are excited to announce that we will resume lending Library materials through curbside service beginning Monday, June 1. 
Please review the rules and guidelines below. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding and for helping us stay safe. 

SAFETY FIRST!  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as:  fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell; or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please do not request or pick up library materials.  Please go to: cdc.gov/coronavirus  to learn more.

Hours of Operation for Pick Up
Mondays: 10-2pm Wednesdays: 11-3pm Fridays: 2:30-6:30pm

How to Request Items:

  1.  You can request items online at any time, but pickup happens on the designated days and times.
  2. You can log in to your account on our catalog:  Ainsworth Public Library Catalogue Look for the login box . Your login: is your library card # 2VSQW0000 and any characters that follow. Your Password: Unless you changed it, your password is the last four digits of your telephone number. Search for items by author or title.  Make yourself a list and then call the library: 433-5887 or email APLinterlibraryloan@gmail.com
  3. We will get your request  and then contact you when your items are ready for pickup. You can choose the day of pickup during our operation hours for curbside services.

How to Pick Your Reserved Items Up

PLEASE MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCING IF YOU SEE SOMEONE ELSE IS AT THE DESIGNATED PICKUP AREA (recommended 6 feet)
WHEN? M,W,F at the designated times
WHERE? On the days when the weather is good, you can pick your labeled bagged order up in front of the library under the canopy that will be set up. You will drive/walk up to the canopy and help yourself to your items.   If the weather is rainy, or wet, you will need to knock on either the front door when you arrive for pickup, and we will hand you your bagged order through the door.

SAFETY FIRST!
All of our circulating items will have been quarantined for 72 hours before going back into circulation.  We will be wearing and adhering to regular hand washing and sanitizer use.  Every item returned, will be cleaned in accordance with the suggestions from the Vermont Department of Libraries. However, as an added precaution, you may want to consider letting your borrowed materials sit in the bag for up to 72 hours before removing them.

Returns:
SAFETY FIRST!
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as:  fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell; or if you OR THE RETURNING LIBRARY MATERIALS have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please do not return the materials to the library until at least 14 days after recovery of the virus, or another, later agreed upon time.

If the weather is nice, we will accept returns when you pickup your items. There will be a return bin that is labeled on the table under the canopy or you can drop returns into our dropbox at any time. If the weather is wet, or rainy, you may return your items through the drop box or wait until your next pickup day.


SAFETY FIRST!  There will be other people picking up items from the tables under the canopy. You might want to consider bringing a wipe, or paper towel with you to act as a barrier.  Please make sure to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands. There will also be others using the Dropbox, you may want to consider cleaning your hands after dropping items off.

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed, effective immediately, until further notice. 

This difficult decision has not been made lightly but we feel that the library cannot serve as a safe place for people at this time. We are sad that we had to make this decision but we feel that it is in the best interest of everyone. The last week has been full of uncertainty as we have tried our best to stay informed about COVID-19 (corona-virus).

Just last week, we felt that we could keep the library open by using extreme measures to clean and limit activities. With the data changing and the schools closing, we decided that we needed to be responsible and follow suit. We strive to make decisions that meet the needs of our community, and right now, we are closing the library to limit exposure of the virus to our library users. Data indicates that preemptive closure of gathering places can be effective in reducing or slowing the spread of the virus. 

Under normal circumstances, community gathering at the Ainsworth Public Library would bring comfort and a sense of normalcy to confusing times, this is part of what makes the library such a powerful community place. However, it is also because of this that we cannot stay open in this circumstance. While we have been doing everything we can to increase our disinfection of surfaces at the library, we cannot guarantee that the virus will not spread through exposure at the library.  Because the library attracts school children, visitors from out of town, the aging populace in town, and almost everyone in between we are concerned that we are a likely place for the virus to spread from one group of people to another.

We still have free 24/7 wifi, and it is accessible outside of our building. There is a picnic table on the side of the building if there is a warm day.

Don’t forget about GMLC Overdrive, downloadable audio and ebooks: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/ebooks-eaudiobooks/

We also have over 500 free online Universal Classes: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/universal-class-online-learning/

LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related solutions available in one platform. And can be found here: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/learning-express-library/

For safety reasons, we will not be checking out materials at this time or conducting home deliveries. You can call the library or email them if you would like to renew items. You can still return materials in our drop box.  However, if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, please do not return library materials until you are recovered.

Check this website often for any changes or updates, and please feel welcome to call us at any time 433-5887. Our staff will remain working behind the scenes at the library to complete projects that we have never had the time and leisure to complete. We will be working individually or not more than two people at a time.

We will be thinking of everyone and hoping the very best for your health and safety.

We have an Amazon Wishlist.Click here to view it: http://a.co/5ywQYMs Thank you for helping to purchase needed items for the library.

VELI logo colorWe are one of the 26 libraries in the state chosen for this program.

Click on this link for more information: VELI STEM LINK