Library Staff Find Ways to Continue Service Through COVID-19 Pandemic

September 2, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Library staff continue to provide services through the COVID-19 pandemic though not in the usual manner.

“The library staff wants you to know that we miss all our friends and look forward to the time when we can get back to some form of normalcy. We appreciate everyone for being so patient and understanding with us during this crazy time. Please be assured that the library staff is here to support and serve our community and will provide as many services as possible through curbside and hopefully in the near future in person visits by appointment. The safety of our community and library staff is of paramount importance in any decisions that are made,” said Library Director Kathy Hendrixson.

“The services through curbside consists of faxing, copying, printing, notary, book and DVD check out and new patrons can acquire library cards. Patrons can reserve items by going to OPAC or calling the library. The books or DVDs will be checked out and the patron will call when they arrive at the library and a bag with the items will be placed outside the library door for pickup. We have a special e-mail for those that need items faxed, copied or printed so call the library for this information. The library patrons also have access to magazines and thousands of audio and e-books through READS for free with their library card. This download counts toward the library‚Äôs circulation. Wi-Fi is available outside the library 24 hours a day for use by the community. If there are other services that we can provide in a safe manner we will certainly do so”.

“The books and DVDs that have been donated are greatly appreciated. The libraries are not taking any further book donations at this time due to the huge volume of books we have received and the lack of space to store more. We are trying to come up with a safe plan to have a book sale so stay turned for more information on this. It may be virtual or at some venue outside the library with COVID19 safety guidelines in place,” Hendrixson continued.

“Justin Potter Library will start our Facebook Live Storytime again on Friday, September 25th at 10:00 AM. So please join us for a morning of fun”.

Please contact Justin Potter Library at 615-597-4359, Alexandria Library at 615-529-4124, our webpage at www.dekalblibraries.net or Facebook for more information.