Caroline Library

Library Updates

November 9, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

Here are a few updates and reminders for this week at the library.

Veterans Day

All Caroline Library branches will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 11th for Veterans Day.  Wi-Fi access will be available at all branches; access information is posted on the front door.

Hours of Operation

Please remember that our hours are limited during this phase of reopening.  Because staff members need to clean and disinfect the library every evening, not all library services are available right up to closing time.  Services like copying, faxing, and scanning stop at ten minutes before closing.  Checkouts stop at five minutes before closing.  Computer labs are also shut down before closing time so that the stations can be sanitized.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  We are continuing to try and provide the best and safest possible service at this time.

Reminders

  • The Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Port Royal branch is open 9:00am to 2:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • All returns should be placed in book drops outside of the library. Materials will not be accepted inside the branches.
  • All returns are held in quarantine for one week after they are retrieved from the book drop. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to stop our automated system from sending due date and overdue notices for materials that are in quarantine.  As long as you have returned items to the book drop by the due date, no late fines will be charged to your account.
  • Donations are not accepted at any library branches. There is not a good way to disinfect books and other materials without damaging them at this time.  Please hold on to your donations or feel free to donate them to another organization.
  • Services like notary and one-on-one computer help are still not available unless it can be done in a socially distant manner.
  • Seating inside the library is extremely limited or not available because of social distancing requirements. Call ahead to your branch to see if tables are available.

 

Have a great week!
Megan Upshaw
Library Director

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November 2, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder about Election Day tomorrow and let you know about a few more things coming soon.

Election Day

Don’t forget that all Caroline Library branches will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day.  Wi-Fi access will not be available at the Dawn or Port Royal branches on that day, but you can still use the outside Wi-Fi connections at Bowling Green and Ladysmith.  The Dawn and Port Royal branches will remain CLOSED on Wednesday, November 4th for cleaning.

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a massive writing challenge- write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.  This year is the 5th year that the library has participated, and it’s going to be a very different experience than years’ past.  We may not be able to have in-person events, but you can submit your word count online to compete with other writers.  Stop by Bowling Green or Ladysmith branch to pick up a writing goals calendar and a mini writers’ survival kit.  If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, now is the time to do it!

Upcoming Holidays

All Caroline Library branches will be CLOSED for the following holidays:

  • Veterans Day- Wednesday, November 11th
  • Thanksgiving- Closing at 12:00pm Wednesday, November 25th, Closed Thursday, November 26th– Friday, November 27th

Reminders

  • The Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Port Royal branch is open 9:00am to 2:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • All returns should be placed in book drops outside of the library. Materials will not be accepted inside the branches.
  • All returns are held in quarantine for one week after they are retrieved from the book drop. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to stop our automated system from sending due date and overdue notices for materials that are in quarantine.  As long as you have returned items to the book drop by the due date, no late fines will be charged to your account.
  • Donations are not accepted at any library branches. There is not a good way to disinfect books and other materials without damaging them at this time.  Please hold on to your donations or feel free to donate them to another organization.
  • Services like notary and one-on-one computer help are still not available unless it can be done in a socially distant manner.
  • Seating inside the library is extremely limited or not available because of social distancing requirements. Call ahead to your branch if you’re not sure if tables are available. 

    Have a great week!
    Megan Upshaw
    Library Director

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October 26, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

Here are some updates on what’s going on with Caroline County Library!

Storytime and STEAM To Go Kits

The next sets of story time and STEAM activity kits are now available!  The book for our story time kit is This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and includes a moose-themed craft for kids up to 5 years old.  For the older kids, you can build a parachute with one of our STEAM kits!  Stop by any of our branches to pick one up today!

Election Day

In previous years, only the Dawn and Port Royal branches were closed for Election Day because they are polling places.  This year, the Virginia General Assembly voted to make Election Day a state holiday.  Therefore, the Caroline County Library and all its branches will be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd.  The Dawn and Port Royal branches will be closed on Wednesday, November 4th for additional cleaning.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

OverDrive app for ChromeOS

OverDrive just announced that they will be discontinuing support for the Chrome Web Store’s version of the OverDrive app effective November 20th.  Patrons will no longer be able to download this version of the app after that date, but will be directed to download the app through the Google Play Store.  Users who have already downloaded the Chrome Web Store’s version can continue to use it, but OverDrive will only be able to provide limited troubleshooting help.  Please contact the library if you have any questions.

Reminders

We are still in Phase 3 of the governor’s reopening plan.  This means that we will remain at our limited hours for the time being.  Here are a few other reminders of our Phase 3 services:

  • All returns should be placed in book drops outside of the library. Materials will not be accepted inside the branches.
  • All returns are held in quarantine for one week after they are retrieved from the book drop. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to stop our automated system from sending due date and overdue notices for materials that are in quarantine.  As long as you have returned items to the book drop by the due date, no late fines will be charged to your account.
  • Donations are not accepted at any library branches. There is not a good way to disinfect books and other materials without damaging them at this time.  Please hold on to your donations or feel free to donate them to another organization.
  • Services like notary and one-on-one computer help are still not available unless it can be done in a socially distant manner.
  • Seating inside the library is extremely limited or not available because of social distancing requirements. Call ahead to your branch if you’re not sure if tables are available.

Have a great week!
Megan Upshaw
Library Director

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September 21, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe! I wanted to pop into your inboxes to let you know of a few updates and reminders from the library.

Materials Quarantine

Due to new research on how long COVID-19 will last on library materials like book covers and DVD cases, we will be increasing our quarantine period for all returned items to one week. This should help protect both staff and patrons and stop any potential spread of this virus. Check-in dates will reflect the date that the materials were retrieved from the book drop, and no fines will be charged for any days spent in quarantine.

RBDigital

RBDigital, one of our databases for e-books, audiobooks, and magazines, was recently purchased by OverDrive. Over the coming weeks, those materials found on RBDigital will be transitioning to the OverDrive platform. Once the transition is complete, the RBDigital platform will be discontinued. If you’re currently using this service, we encourage you to check out OverDrive on our website- https://carolinelibrary.org/e-resources-2/read/. There are also the OverDrive or Libby apps that you can use on your e-readers or other mobile devices. Be sure to login using your library card number and PIN to see everything that’s available.

Career Transitions

On September 30th, Gale Career Transitions will be retired and replaced by Gale Presents Peterson’s Career Prep. This new database will have many of the same features as Career Transitions, but is more user-friendly and includes job searching features that integrate with Indeed.com. If you’ve saved your résumé to Career Transitions, make sure that you save a copy to your personal computer or a flash drive before the 30th!

2020 Census

If you haven’t done it already, there are still a few days left to fill out your 2020 Census! The deadline to file is September 30th. A complete count determines fair funding for Caroline’s libraries, schools, fire departments, and other crucial resources. Check out https://my2020census.gov/ to fill out your census questionnaire or find more information.

Reminders

Although the library has been reopened for more than two months, we are still in Phase 3 of the governor’s reopening plan. This means that we will remain at our limited hours for the time being. Here are a few other reminders of our Phase 3 services:

• All returns should be placed in book drops outside of the library. Materials will not be accepted inside the branches.

• Donations are not accepted at any library branches. There is not a good way to disinfect books and other materials without damaging them at this time. Please hold on to your donations or feel free to donate them to another organization.

• Services like notary and one-on-one computer help are still not available unless it can be done in a socially distant manner.

• Seating inside the library is extremely limited or not available because of social distancing requirements. Call ahead to your branch if you’re not sure if tables are available.

Have a great week!
Megan Upshaw
Library Director

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August 24, 2020 Happy 1st day of school!

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Good morning everyone!

Happy First Day of School to all the high school and middle school students at CCPS!  For those students, as well as the students from the elementary, primary, private schools, and homeschoolers that have already started or haven’t started yet, this school year is definitely going to be different.  With the emphasis on virtual learning, I wanted to make sure that you know about all the resources that the library has to offer.

E-Resources
If you haven’t checked out our e-resources, now is the time!  OverDrive and EBSCO have e-books and e-audiobooks on a ton of subjects or just for fun books too.  Looking for some games and activities- World Book Early Learning is the place for you.  Rocket Languages can help you with your foreign language classes.  All of these resources are free to use with your library card; you just need your card number and pin!

Check all these out on our website- https://carolinelibrary.org/e-resources-2/

Wi-Fi and Computers at the Library
Public Wi-Fi and computers are available for use at all of our library branches, but there are several things to keep in mind if you’re planning a visit to the library.

  • The only way to guarantee a computer station is to make an appointment.  These appointments are for one hour and can only be made once a day.
  • Seating inside the library is extremely limited in order to maintain social distancing.  If no seats are available inside the library, you can still use the Wi-Fi from the parking lot.
  • Kids are always welcome at the library, but anyone 12 years old or younger will need to be accompanied by an adult while they’re here.  Any child left unattended multiple times may be temporarily banned from visiting the library.
  • For now, our hours are still limited to 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  If you need to use the internet, but can’t make it during those hours, you can still use our public Wi-Fi from outside the building.  Log on instructions are normally posted on the doors.

One more thing- if you haven’t completed your 2020 Census, do it soon!  The deadline has been moved to September 30th.  This information is used to determine school and library funding levels for the next 10 years!

We hope that all our local students have an excellent and healthy school year!

Megan Upshaw
Director
Caroline County Library

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July 6, 2020 Libraries Reopen Today

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CAROLINE LIBRARY REOPENING MONDAY, JULY 6TH

After being closed for more than 3 months, the library is reopening today to our patrons!  The Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches will be open with limited hours- 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday- and the Port Royal branch will be open for their normal hours Monday through Thursday.  Not all of our services will be available at first, like one-on-one computer assistance or notary services, so please call us if you have any questions.

We’ve been working hard to make our branches as safe as we can, so be prepared for a few changes when you reenter your favorite branch.

What to Expect:

  • Plexiglass dividers at circulation desks
  • Social distancing markers on the floor
  • Hand sanitizer stations around the library
  • All staff wearing masks unless they’re behind a divider
  • Fewer computer stations available in our computer labs

We’ll also be continuing curbside pickup and the three-day quarantine of all returned materials.

What We’re Asking from You:

  • Please maintain a minimum of 6 feet between you and other patrons and library staff.
  • All patrons over the age of 10 must wear a cloth face covering when inside the library.
  • Call your local branch to make an appointment to use our computers.
  • If you have any library items out, now is the time to return them! However, you won’t be able to return library books at the circulation desk.  Please use the outside book drops or other designated return containers.
  • Hold on to any items you wish to donate to the library. We won’t be accepting donations until later in our reopening process.

A note about late fees:

If you had items out that were due on March 9th or after, you may have noticed that your items were renewed until July 6th.  We won’t be renewing those items any longer, but you’ll have until July 17th to return them without incurring any late fees.  If you have items that were due before March 9th, those items have not been renewed, but no late fees were added on while we were closed.  Please return those items as soon as possible to avoid additional fees from accruing.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at the library soon!

Megan Upshaw
Library Director

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June 22, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

We would like to remind you that the Dawn Library will be closed this Tuesday, June 23rd, for Congressional and Senate primaries. The branch will also be closed on Wednesday, June 24th for cleaning.

Imagine Your Story June 15th– July 24th
Summer Reading continues- don’t forget to check out our offerings on our website and Facebook!  We also have physical packets that you can pick up at our Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches.  Just give us a call and we’ll deliver it to you curbside!

New Kids and Teens books on Overdrive!
In response to COVID-19, Overdrive has been working with publishers to donate digital books for all our patrons and they’ve just released the first batch of donated titles!  This first collection includes over 100 ebooks, audiobooks, and Read-Alongs for kids and teens. They’re also set up for simultaneous use- so you won’t have to wait to enjoy any of these books!

Book Diversity Survey
If you haven’t completed it already, please take a moment to complete our book diversity survey.  It helps us to make sure that we’re providing the types of materials our patrons want.  The link is here: https://forms.gle/QXiBn94STpLEijKs5

Don’t forget- curbside pickup of books, audiobooks, and DVDs is available at the Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches!

Megan Upshaw
Director, Caroline County Library

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June 15, 2020

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Good morning everyone!

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. While we still don’t have a date for reopening our branches, I wanted to let you guys know about a few exciting things happening at the library!

Imagine Your Story June 15th- July 24th

Welcome to Summer Reading 2020! Although this year’s program will be different from any that we’ve had before, all of us at the library have been working hard to make it’s one to remember! Our theme is “Imagine Your Story”. We will be imagining all sorts of fairy tales, myths, and folk tales while we work on fun activities. Or you could imagine your very own story with a writing challenge! This year we’re offering two different packets filled with fun activities- one for the whole family and one just for the kids, writing challenges for adults and kids, and more. All materials will be available online for those who can access them or for pick-up at all of our library branches.

Book Diversity Survey

Caroline County Library strives to support every member of our community. Now more than ever, we want to make sure that the books in our collection represent the lives and experiences of all our patrons. Please help us to do this by filling out this brief survey. It’s only two questions and totally anonymous. Your responses will help us to make better purchasing decisions now and in the future.
Here’s the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/QXiBn94STpLEijKs5

Don’t forget- curbside pickup of books, audiobooks, and DVDs is available at the Bowling Green, Dawn, and Ladysmith branches!

Megan Upshaw
Director, Caroline County Library

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June 1, 2020 Curbside Service Resumes

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Good morning everyone!

As you may have seen, Caroline County will begin a partial reopening of county buildings and services on Monday, June 1st.  Under this Phase 1 plan, the library buildings will remain closed to the public, but we will resume curbside service for all checkouts.  While there is still is some risk, we’re trying to make this process as safe as possible for both patrons and staff.

Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Healthy staff members- Daily temperature checks and frequent handwashing for all staff. Social distancing practiced while at work.  Masks will be worn when in public areas.
  • Clean materials- All books, DVDs, and audiobooks are quarantined for 72 hours and then covers are disinfected.

Here’s what we ask of you:

  • Place your requests over the phone or with your online account. Staff will call you to let you know when your materials are ready for pickup.
  • Once you arrive, call the library to let them know. You’ll need to give them your library card number so that the items can be checked out on your card.
  • Wait inside your vehicle until the staff member has brought out your materials, placed them on the table or bench for pickup, and then returned inside the building. Staff will not come out of the buildings if you are outside your vehicle.
  • If you have any items to return, please do so in our book drops. Returns should not be left on the pickup tables.

A few other things to let you know about:

  • At this time, we do not have any plans to begin curbside printing, faxing, or other library services. You also will not be able to come inside to use library computers during Phase 1.
  • Since the buildings are still closed, due dates will be extended. Any items due between March 9th and now will now be due on July 6th.  Fines will not accumulate until that date as well.
  • Summer Reading is coming soon! “Imagine Your Story” with the library June 15th through July 24th.  More information will be coming in a future newsletter.

As always, I want to thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we try to navigate how best to serve you during this time.

Megan Upshaw
Director, Caroline County Library

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May 20, 2020 Library Update

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I hope that you all are safe and doing well during this unprecedented time.  We’ve had several questions regarding reopening since the governor lifted restrictions under his Phase 1 plan.  At this time, the library remains closed to the public at all of its branches.  We are working with Caroline County administration to craft a reopening plan and our aim is to keep both staff and patrons safe.  No decision has been made, but we will let you know as soon as a date is set for reopening.

Here are a few other reminders to keep in mind:

  • While libraries are closed, no overdue fines will accrue. All due dates for materials due March 9th and beyond are being extended.
  • Book drops are open at all our locations if you’d like to return your library items.
  • Donations are not being accepted at this time. Dropping donations in the book drops increase risk of exposure to staff and they cannot be disinfected the way that library materials can.  Any donations we receive have to be disposed of, so we recommend that patrons find another group or charity to donate their materials.
  • The AARP has not indicated that they will return for tax appointments. We will keep you up-to-date with any changes as we receive them.

We appreciate all of your patience as we try to figure out how the library moves forward safely.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Thank you,
Megan Upshaw
Director, Caroline County Library

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