COVID-19 ("coronavirus") Update
UP TO DATE AS OF: MAY 27, 2020
After consultation with our Town Health Officer and guidance from authorities of the state and the CDC, the Trustees of Plaistow Public Library decided to close the library at 7:30PM on Tuesday, March 17, until further notice, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
We are closely monitoring the national and local health response and the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NH Department of Health and Human Services, and Plaistow Town Health Department.
For the most up-to-date information for our area, we recommend following the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services dedicated COVID-19 website.
Borrowing of library materials has been suspended until further notice. No patrons or members of the public are allowed in the library and the drop-box for return of materials is also closed. Update: As of May 26, we have opened the book-drop during regular business hours to accept borrowed materials in a phased approach.
We are still able to offer access to a huge range of digital content, available on your PC or mobile device: ebooks, streaming movies & audibooks, magazines online, internet-based classes, and much more. See below for additional details.
The library is circulating its sewing machines to assist local volunteers who are sewing masks for those in need. Call us at 382-6011 and visit this Facebook page for more details.
We are constantly evaluating best practices and will begin offering curbside pickup when it is safe to do so.
LIBRARY PROGRAMS & OTHER SERVICES
All programs and meetings in the library building are cancelled until further notice, including morning and afternoon yoga, Friday Flicks, and all children’s and adult programs.
The LIbrary is steadily increasing the number and variety of virtual programs it's able to offer Plaistow's residents. For the latest programs and activities, please sign up for our email newsletter (sign up form on the right side of our home page), or visit our website or Facebook page.
No requests for our meeting spaces can be made at this time. In addition, all Passport and Notary services are suspended until further notice.
PHONE & EMAIL
Our staff will be still working at the library and are available for questions at our regular number, 603-382-6011 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff also respond to messages sent via Facebook.
DUE DATES & FINES
Don’t worry about your items you have out. All due dates are now June 1, 2020 and all late fees and fines are currently suspended.
Don’t worry about your items on the hold shelf. Anything that’s on hold will still be there when we reopen.
All interlibrary loan requests and activity is suspended until further notice. We're happy to help you find free or low-cost digital versions of any titles you're looking for.
WHAT TO DO DURING CLOSURE
We offer many online resources that can be accessed from the comfort of your home with your library card number. These include:
- NH Overdrive lets you download e-books, audiobooks, and popular magazines with your web browser or the Libby app for your smart phone or tablet.
- Hoopla Digital offers movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics, and TV shows for your computer, tablet, or phone – even your smart TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.
- Kanopy is a video streaming service offering over 30,000 independent and documentary films, including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and more.
- Universal Class offers over 500 different online continuing education courses.
- Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, features up-to-date information on the Coronavirus and more.
- Tumblebooks add animation, sound, music, and narration to popular children’s books for an anytime storytime.
Please note that we do not make this closure decision lightly and regret the inconvenience to our patrons. We know many people depend on the library, and we very much look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so.
--James Peck, Library Board of Trustees Chair