One small part of life returns to normal this week: You can now return materials to the Canby Public Library anytime you darn well please.
The book drop reopened to the public several weeks ago, but only one day a week, to allow appropriate time for the materials to be quarantined before being handled by staff.
Using mobile carts and other new protocols, the library has implemented a plan to accept materials at any time, while still allowing them to be quarantined for several days.
The library is also beginning curbside pickup Monday, by appointment only. Library staff say they are starting with the more than 270 holds that have been on their shelves since the library closed on March 13.
Once those are cleared, staff will begin filling new hold requests. Patrons will be contacted when their hold is available to schedule an appointment for curbside pickup.
The library’s popular summer reading program kicks off this Friday, June 12, with some changes. Families are invited to pick up their summer reading packets in the plaza each Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Aug. 7 and while supplies last.
The reading program is funded by the nonprofit Friends of the Canby Public Library. No registration or library card is required to participate.
Library staff are also providing phone support every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering assistance with e-books, patron accounts, online resources and databases and even how to use online meeting tools like Zoom or how to file taxes and unemployment forms. For help, call 503-266-3394.
Staff are continuing to offer virtual programming, including storytime and other activities, on the library’s website and Facebook page.
They have also added instant access to free library materials online. Residents age 5 and older who do not have a library card can register for an eCard.
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