Library Message:

September 11, 2020

Greetings,

I am pleased to report that Calvert Library Prince Frederick opened on Monday, August 31 for limited services. For this phase, in-person library hours will be Monday-Thursday, noon to 5pm, Friday, 1-5pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Curbside pickup appointments will continue with hours increasing to Monday-Thursday, 10am to 7pm; Friday, 1-5pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Calvert Library’s Branches (Fairview, Twin Beaches and Southern) opened with the same hours on Tuesday, September 8.

Per Governor Hogan’s order, customers over the age of five will be required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth and to maintain a social distance of 6’ from others. Customers entering with children are asked to stay together and help their children maintain social distance. The number of customers in the building at one time will be monitored and limited. In order to maximize the number of customers who can take advantage of library services, customers will be asked to keep their visit to an hour or less.

We’ve been serving customers from home and online since the pandemic closed our buildings. We have even used the outside of our buildings to post community resources and of course, offer wifi in our parking lots. We’ve had two weeks of this new model in Prince Frederick and it seems to be going well. Customers and staff are all following health and safety requirements.

We do not plan to open our meeting rooms for the foreseeable future as those spaces are currently being used for quarantining returned materials and storing furniture not conducive to healthy use of the library. Returned library materials are quarantined for a week prior to being checked in based on a recently released study concerning the length of time the virus might survive on library material surfaces.

Please stay home if you are vulnerable or ill. Our staff can help you over the phone. Calvert Library has always prided itself on being the community’s “third place,” for connecting to one another and the world. At this time, for our community’s safety, our priority in the building is to provide quick access to library materials, information and training that can’t be accessed via phone, email or video chat.

Carrie Willson
Executive Director

June 9, 2020

Greetings from Calvert Library,

With everything else going on in the world, I’m happy to report that we have good news about your library. We will be opening book returns on June 10 and beginning curbside pick-up on June 22.

The safety of our staff and customers continues to be our highest priority and we have taken some extra time to plan and put software into place to make the process easy-to-use.

• Materials that are returned will be quarantined for 4 days so they will stay on your account until that time has elapsed.
• Materials that you check out will be ready-to-use/read but you are welcome to do an additional 4-day quarantine when you take them home.
• You will be able to pick up bagged materials that you have placed on hold in the library catalog in library vestibules or via trunk delivery.
• We will be releasing a series of Can Do Digital Videos

How to Check Your Account so you know what library materials to look for under your sofa and give you time to remember who you lent things to during our closure. Nothing is technically due until August 1, so you have plenty of time to find everything you have checked out and we are still fine-free.
How to Place Holds to get the items you are looking for
How to Search for Your Next Read including a brand new online Personalized Suggestions form
How to Make a Curbside Appointment using our new software

Other safety precautions:

  • Staff and customers (over the age of 2) are required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth
  • Staff will be washing hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Staff and customers will be maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions.
  • For now, interactions not involving physical library materials should be via phone, email or online.

While our buildings are closed, staff are answering phones and email from home.

We won’t be offering in-person group classes/events this summer but we will continue to offer high quality classes/events online. Please put June 20 on your calendar for our online kickoff for #calvertREADS. Beginning at noon on the 20th, we’ll have how-to videos, pottery and cooking demonstrations, performances and more!

We don’t know when it will be recommended that we invite the public back in to the buildings but we’re busy making adjustments inside each space to be ready to invite users back in to browse, use computers and see our wonderful librarians face to face (or at least covered face to covered face)!

We miss seeing you and we look forward to returning to more normal service in the library locations in the future. In the meantime, we’re glad that we’ll start to be able to get books and movies and other real-life library materials into your hands starting June 22!

Carrie Willson
Executive Director