June 2020

We're Open!

By Bonnie Goble
Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

openOn Monday, June 1, Fredricksen Library opened to the public. It’s been heart-warming.

People of all ages have expressed much gratitude that we are again open. They are willing to “mask up,” and to greet staff who are also masked. They stand quietly six feet apart. Those who are part of an “at risk” group, for age or for illness, can also utilize a special hour, just for them – Saturday, noon to 1 pm.

It IS quiet here, which feels a little unusual at Fredricksen. We’ve been called “the loud library” more than once in the past, as our activities spilled out of our doors. Our concerts and classes will need to wait for a little while longer. Our online activities are booming and Summer Reading 2020 starts today! Please see all of our programs on the website: www.fredricksenlibrary.org.

Folks are returning their items to our outside book drops, entering the library, some little ones are bringing their book lists checking out books and movies, then leaving. And that’s fine. For a while, we may all be more comfortable with the motto of an aircraft carrier for jets practicing landings on the flight deck: touch and go. We are fully stocked with hand sanitizer, our building is spotless, and we‘ve been closed to normal library business for two and a half months.

Please come in, if only to say “hello,” and let’s all get accustomed to being together again. We’ve really missed you.

Bonnie



May 2020

We're Reopening June 1

By Bonnie Goble
Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

BonnieCumberland County is being upgraded to “yellow” status tonight at midnight. Fredricksen Library will be able to reopen for regular in-person service on Monday, June 1. Things will look a little different:

• Facial coverings will be required for staff and customers

• All returns will be made to the Book Drops, none will be made inside the library

• Programs and meetings will still be online indefinitely

• Social distancing and Plexiglass screens will be in use

• The play area in the Children's Library will be closed until further notice

BUT… We’ll be OPEN. We can’t wait to see you. We're getting ready now, having staff come back, and checking in the hundreds of items that were returned since March 13, when the state-mandated closing occurred. We’re going to add an extra hour of service on Saturdays, beginning June 6, for “at risk” populations…the elderly, the immune-suppressed and those with chronic medical conditions. Just like the grocery store, we’ll be open between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, before our regular hours. We hope that helps. Please join us in gratitude for being able to open, and to provide all the wonderful things that you’ve grown to expect from Fredricksen.

See you soon!

Sincerely,
Bonnie



May 2020

The BETTER New Normal

By Bonnie Goble
Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

Greetings from the inside of the quiet Fredricksen Library. It is different from the hustle and bustle of normal daily service…but… like a seed planted in the rich spring soil, we are putting down roots that will soon bear fruit. These times can be challenging, that’s for sure. We praise the steadfast efforts of healthcare workers, families with too much togetherness, and those who wish they had more togetherness. Every individual’s experience seems to be different, in ways that previously didn’t seem as obvious. We aren’t all experiencing this in the same way. As I read the other day, “We are all in the same storm, but not all in the same boat.” What we are discovering at Fredricksen and the East Pennsboro Branch, as we work onsite and remotely, is that operations are being strengthened in ways that could never have happened without a shut-down. When we reopen to the public, perhaps in early June, we will be BETTER.

Children’s programmers have worked tirelessly to put programs online. These programs have been viewed 1000s of times. Stuffed animals that make an appearance in our storytimes have become “stars,” and children at home can even learn Spanish through our bilingual story times. The STEM MakerSpace is online, too, for science and craft enrichment, as well as Quaran-TEEN Talks about what we have been reading and watching. We are investigating ways to get craft/activity packets into the community for families to pick up. The beautiful Grandon Story Walk will be installed at Creekview Park in Hampden Township soon. This has all vastly improved our outreach.

atriumAdult programs are being moved online as well. Book groups, business and job seeking resources, exercise classes, garden tours, films, electronic book collections…all are available now from our website at www.fredricksenlibrary.org or Facebook and Instagram. It may be a while before we can welcome concert crowds again to our grounds, but in the meantime, innovation is driving remarkable offerings available from your phone or laptop.

Funding the library. Our Blueberries for Books ordering period just opened, so please place your orders soon. We have also been surprised and grateful for unexpected donations during the shut-down. We are especially grateful for little notes that have accompanied donations: Miss you Guys. Please open again soon. Life isn’t the same without Fredricksen. When we do re-open, activity will be clean and safe. Operations are streamlined and creative in new ways. As long as face coverings are required, we will use them, but please know that the eyes above those masks are smiling at you, making sure that your experience at Fredricksen is good in ever new ways. The new normal will be better.

Bonnie