THE SOMERS PUBLIC LIBRARY IS SO HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU BACK!
Starting on Monday, July 13th, the Somers Public Library will be 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 will be 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. throughout July. Operation hours may be changed after reevaluation.
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.
Starting on Wednesday, July 8th, you may call us at 860-763-3501 to schedule your appointment for the week of July 13th, and let us know which area you will be visiting and how many people will be in your party.
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.
We look forward to seeing you all soon!
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.
Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB MEETING: The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck. The Somers Public Library will be hosting a zoom book discussion on TUESDAY, July 7th at 6:30 p.m. The Fifth Avenue Story Society is available to borrow as a FREE ebook or FREE eaudiobook from the Hoopla App with your Somers Public Library card. To participate in our zoom discussion on July 7th, please email Jessica at email@example.com to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you!
Virtual Program with Horizon Wings
Wednesday, July 8, 6:00 p.m.
Explore the world of raptors from the comfort of your own home. Join us for this 30 minute program including 3 of our Ambassadors. We will highlight their stories and learn about these hawks, eagles, falcons, owls and other birds at Horizon Wings.
Online registration begins 6/22 (see Events Calendar to register). Once registered we will email you a Zoom link.
Wednesday, July 22nd at 2:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB MEETING: ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE The Somers Public Library will be hosting a zoom book discussion, led by Denise Stankovics, on Wednesday, July 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is available to borrow through our curbside pickup service. To participate in our zoom discussion on July 22nd, please call the Library to set up your curbside pickup time and email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you!
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 email@example.com to get the zoom link. We can’t wait to SEE you!