On behalf of the Milton Free Public Library Board of Trustees, I would like to thank our library staff for their amazing efforts throughout the pandemic. The COVID-19 virus upended our world and many public services simply ceased. Thanks to the staff’s great efforts and much high-tech wizardry, all library services transitioned to virtual. Without missing a beat we added Hoopla to our online offerings for our patrons.
Now the library is again offering curb side pick up (and book drop off). Books are flying off the shelves in into the homes of our Milton residents. The summer reading program “Imagine your Story!” has successfully concluded with many happy readers.
The Governor’s announcement of guidelines for the re-opening of libraries in NH is prompting many questions. The trustees have put in place a Pandemic Interim Service Plan that outlines multiple tiers of service, each responsive to varied health and safety conditions. Securing staff safety is the top priority of this Interim Service Plan and the determination of tiers of service.
Staff interactions and in-person services pose a high risk of virus transmission. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure we can adhere to the Governor’s Guidelines. The space inside the library must be rearranged to accommodate social distancing and sufficient PPE obtained before patrons can safely access the building.
Given the tragic loss of life in the United States and around the world it is essential that we continue to take precautions. Thank you for your patience and support.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Milton Free Public Library
September 8, 2020