Library During Lockdown

Thursday 28 May 2020

As you may have noticed, we closed during Levels 3 and 4 to protect the safety of our customers and staff.

Your local librarians got up up to all sorts of interesting things during Lockdown. As an inherently creative and committed bunch we found ourselves creating temporary office spaces in our homes, remotely accessing our work computers and finding a new rhythm to our workday.

Suddenly we were downloading apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to keep in touch, and learning online through, Webjunction, YouTube and Ted Talks.

We also focused on gaining more knowledge of the online databases found on our website. Some new ones caught our attention - such as Kanopy films, ArtFilms, StoryBox and the Haynes motor manuals.

The library team also provided social connections through the Tasman District Libraries Facebook page. Posts included storytimes and crafts for children, book reviews for adults, photos of reading pets, a post for Garden Gurus, a Lego challenge, and much more. Innovative virtual offerings provided opportunities for lighter moments - such as rapping for storytimes and dressing up for Zoom meetings.

We also spent time during Lockdown developing strategies which are designed to protect our more vulnerable members of the community as we emerge from Lockdown. These include inviting our age 70+ library users to take advantage of the period from 10.00am-11.00am each morning during which we priortise our senior community members, inviting them to come to the front of the queue and use the library first.
Another service we're excited about is our new Book a Book service. This free library book delivery or takeaway service enables our over 70s and medically vulnerable members of the community to order books online or over the phone, and have them delivered to their home. Alternatively, they can ask a friend or family member to pick up the books for them from the library.

Now that we are open under Level 2, we are so happy to welcome you back. The library looks a bit different due to our physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, but we're still the same place you know and love.

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