THE SOMERS PUBLIC LIBRARY IS SO HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU BACK!
The Somers Public Library is now open to the public by appointment. We are excited to have you join us to browse and check out materials and use the computers. For patrons who cannot wear a face covering or who chose not to visit the library at this time, curbside pickup service will continue to be offered.
The Somers Public Library is currently open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Library “grab and go” appointments can be made for the following areas:
- Adult Browsing (includes the new fiction/non-fiction, adult DVDs, Books on CD, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, and biography sections)
- Teen Room
- Children’s Room
- Adult Computers
Each of these zones has a one hour time limit and a capacity per hour to maintain social distancing capabilities.
In order to provide a safe space for us all, some changes have been made to the library interior, so things will look a little different. When you first enter the building, please check in at the desk in the Lobby. In the main Library area you will see there are plexiglass shields, fewer pieces of furniture, and reminders to maintain social distancing and wear a mask while inside the building. All of these measures are aimed at reducing the time spent in a public space and the number of communal surfaces you come in contact with—ways to keep all of you and all of us safe. In addition, frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned several times per day.
The procedures for reopening our Library needed to address guidelines and concerns from our local Health Department, the Library Board and Town Administration, as well as the State Reopen Connecticut Stage 2 Sector Guidelines. Here are some important things to know:
- Masks will be required for all people entering the library, per Governor’s executive order and town policy. If you cannot wear a mask, please call us at 860-763-3501 to schedule a curbside pickup for materials instead.
- All returns will be accepted in the outside drop-box slots only. Items will continue to be quarantined for at least 72 hours. When checked in, they will be back-dated to the date you returned them, eliminating any fines that may have accrued during the quarantine.
- Computers will be available by appointment for one hour per day.
- Meeting rooms will not be available at this time.
- Donations cannot be accepted at this time.
Our children’s summer reading program runs from June 15 to August 14. The link for online registration is available here (Registration Form). Reading logs and calendars can be printed from our website (Updated) front of reading log, (Updated) back of reading log) or summer reading packets, which will include a reading log, list of online programs and a bookmark, will be available at curbside pickup. To schedule a pickup for summer reading packets, call the library at 860-763-3501 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Available time slots start on Monday 6/15. The program is for children in preschool through grade 5. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the summer reading program. Be sure to join in the fun!
Somers Public Library – Teen Summer Reading Program: June 15 – August 21
Visit our Teen Summer Reading 2020 page to learn how to register, log your book reviews, and enter the prize drawing on August 24th.
Somers Public Library – Adult Summer Reading Program: June 15 – August 21
Visit our Adult Summer Reading 2020 page to learn how to register, log your book reviews, and enter the prize drawing on August 24th.
Fairy Tale Favorites Storytime (Register for this Event)
Video Link Available July 20 -31
For ages 3-7. Join Ms. Marie for a reading of Jack and the Beanstalk and other fun storytime activities. Once registered we will email you the link to the video recording and a curbside pick-up time for your “take and make” activity packet. The packet will have the craft and other fun activities related to the story such as growing your own bean seeds and build a beanstalk.
Children’s Concert with Mr. Loftus (Register for this Event)
Video link available July 27-August 2
SES music teacher Christian Loftus performs as Mr. Lobster! Come sing, dance, and play with this one-of-a-kind e-performance. You’ll find engaging stories and songs, tailored for students ages 3-10. Online registration begins July 27 at 10:00 a.m. Once registered you will receive the link to the Somers Public Library YouTube Channel recording.
Monday, August 3rd – Friday, August 7th – Take and Make Adult Craft Kit: Beginner’s Calligraphy The Somers Public Library is happy to debut its first TAKE AND MAKE adult craft kit! Our Beginner’s Calligraphy kit includes eight sheets of real calligraphy paper, a fine line calligraphy brush pen, and a packet of lettering and phrase samples for crafters to practice. Craft Kit participants will also be automatically registered for our “Modern Calligraphy” zoom program at the end of the month. To schedule your kit pickup time, please call the Library at 860-763-3501.
Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB MEETING: Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams. The Somers Public Library will be hosting a zoom book discussion on TUESDAY, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. Murder in the Locked Library is available to borrow as a FREE ebook or FREE eaudiobook from the Hoopla App with your Somers Public Library card or from the Library, by appointment. To participate in our zoom discussion on August 4th, please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you!
Virtual Program with Riverside Reptiles Education Center: Every Animal Has a Story (Register for this Event)
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Meet and learn about some of the animals at RREC and how they came to be with them. Online registration begins 7/20. Once registered we will email you a Zoom link.
Monday, August 10th at 6:30 p.m. – So, You’re Thinking about Homeschooling Join Linda Hincks, East Hampton homeschool mom and owner of Wren Homeschool Consulting for a conversation about homeschooling. With 20 years’ experience and 10 additional years in classrooms, co-ops and museum instruction, she’s the perfect person to answer your questions. Find out what the requirements are, how it works and what it can mean for you and your family. Please register for this program by emailing Jessica at email@example.com so we can send you the zoom link.
Harmonious Happening with Renee Coro (Register for this Event)
Video link available August 10-16
Sing along with Miss Renee as she plays soothing bedtime music that will be sure to help us wind down at the end of the day. Online registration begins August 10 at 10:00 a.m. Once registered you will receive the link to the Somers Public Library YouTube Channel recording.
Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB MEETING: Secret Service Dogs by Maria Goodavage. The Somers Public Library will be hosting a zoom book discussion on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States is available to borrow from the Library through our curbside pickup service or by appointment. To participate in our zoom discussion on August 11th, please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you!
Wednesday, August 19th at 2:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB MEETING: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. The Somers Public Library will be hosting a zoom book discussion, led by Denise Stankovics, on Wednesday, August 19th at 2:30 p.m. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is available to borrow through our curbside pickup service or at the Library, by appointment. To participate in our zoom discussion on August 19th, please email Jessica at email@example.com to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you.