Library now open with limited hours and services

The Library has reopened with limited services. Here’s what you need to know:

Limited Hours

The Library will be open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5:30PM, with last entry at 5:15.

Health and Safety Precautions

What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Offering contactless holds pickup
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between each other
  • Wearing face coverings while inside the library.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

What we are asking you to do:

  • Do not enter the library if you currently have or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your hands clean. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the library.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a face covering while inside the library.
  • Follow all directional signs and floor markings.
Limited use

To enable distancing and to keep customers and staff safe, we will have some limits in place

  • Limited Capacity. Entry is limited to 10 customers at a time, not including those who have appointments to use the Children’s Room or the library computers. Please limit your visit to thirty minutes. Most furniture, including chairs and tables, have been removed. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Children’s Room. Appointments will be required for children to use the Children’s Room and will be limited to one family at a time. To make an appointment, please call the Children’s Department, 333-6640, ext. 3. Toys and furniture have been removed and computers are unavailable. Parents are welcome to select material for their children. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Computer Use. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and will be disinfected between each use. Computer use is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext.4. We cannot supply headphones at this time.

Please note that the Interlibrary Loan system and the Reciprocal Borrowing Program are still suspended. We expect them to resume sometime this summer.

Returning items and due dates

Our book drops are now open for you to return your checked out library items. Please return items to the book drop and do not bring them into the library.

  • Due dates have been extended to July 10
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before getting checked in. We will back date when we check in, and you will not be charged any fines for the quarantine period. Be aware that items may appear on your record for up to a week after return.
Place items on hold and pick them up when you’re notified that they are ready.

What you need to know:

  • Place your holds online, by phone or by email to request@auburnpubliclibrary.org.
  • Need help deciding what you want? Call us for help.
  • Wait until you are notified that your items are ready for pick up.
  • If you would like to pick up items in the library, you may pick up within 7 days.
  • If you would like curbside service, please call to make arrangements.
Summer reading will take place online. Check our website for more information.

We are looking forward to seeing you again! The safety of our customers and staff is very important to us. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. Please contact us if you have any questions.

KIDS! Summer Reading 2020

Welcome to APL’s Kids Summer Reading Program!

This year things will be very different as we can’t have you in the library just yet for safety reasons. We will be using a digital Summer reading program through a program called Beanstack. You can download the free Beanstack app on your devices to get started, or you can go to our Beanstack site at auburnpubliclibrary.beanstack.org This site will allow you to register for summer reading from home, track your progress, and earn fun badges during the summer.

For a full schedule of online events, see our webpage http://www.auburnpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2020/. If you have any questions, please call the children’s room at 333-6640 ext. 3.

For those children who do not have regular access to a computer we have a paper log that can be requested from the library and picked up by a parent or guardian. There is also a link to the paper log at the bottom of the summer reading page.

Just like our past summer programs we will have a free gift book for kids who read or listen to books for at least 10 hours this summer. This summer, because of COVID-19, we are still deciding the best way to distribute the gift books to participants throughout the summer. Please check our website and Facebook pages to find out how to get your free book in August.

We miss you all and hope you can have some fun with our virtual program!

Teen Summer Library Program

Even though our programs must be virtual during the summer, our Teen Summer Library Program continues!

Check out this video on YouTube for information about this year’s program!

Registration is requested; to do so either email or call Donna — dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or 207-333-6640, ext. 4 — with your name, grade (entering in September), age and contact information (email or phone number).

Download — or stop by the Library to pick up — an Activity Sheet (2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 1) and 2020 Teen SLP Activity Sheet (p. 2) to get started.

Pizza & Pages Book Club

As part of our Teen Summer Library Program, we will host our summer Book Club.  We will be reading and discussing “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman via Google Meet.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Donna (as above).  The book will be available June 22, and our first introductory meeting will be Wednesday, June 24.  When registering, be sure to give your email address.

When safe to do so, we will gather together for a pizza party and a viewing of the movie!

We hope to reopen soon!

We are working to prepare the library for reopening. We hope to open soon. When we do, things will look a little different! We are removing furniture, adding plexiglass shields and making other changes, so that we can open safely.
What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Offering contactless holds pickup
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between each other
  • Wearing face coverings while inside the library.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

What we are asking you to do:

  • Do not enter the library if you currently have or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your hand clean. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the library.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a face covering while inside the library.
  • Follow all directional signs and floor markings.

Limited use: To enable distancing and to keep customers and staff safe, we will have some limits in place.

  • Limited Capacity. Entry is limited to 10 customers at a time, not including those who have appointments to use the Children’s Room or the library computers. Please limit your visit to thirty minutes.
  • Children’s Room. Appointments will be required for children to use the Children’s Room and will be limited to one family at a time. Parents are welcome to select material for their children.
  • Computer Use. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and will be disinfected between each use. Computer use is by appointment only.
  • Limited Hours. To be announced.

Lobby Pickup is Available Now

  • You may now place holds for APL owned items in the online catalog. The statewide interlibrary loan system is still suspended. Requests will be accepted for APL items only. 
  • You can also call or email us (request@auburnpubliclibrary.org) to request items. If you are not sure exactly what you are looking for, we are happy to help.
  • We will try to fill holds each day, but please allow 1-3 days for us to prepare your request. When items are ready, we will call you to schedule a pick up time slot. To enable social distancing, we will be limiting the number of customers in each slot. 
  • Items will be available for pick up in the Spring St. Lobby.
  • Returned items are quarantined for five days, but we encourage you to use caution with these items.

Limits: Please limit requests to 10 items per customer or family member.

Returns: Book drops are open 24/7. Items checked out before the March closure have been renewed to July 10. Please try to return all items you may still have out at your earliest convenience.

Because we are quarantining items before check in, items may appear on your card up to seven days after return. You will not be charged any late fees for items in quarantine.

Spring Reading Challenge

We are moving our Spring Reading Challenge online! Read around the world with us and enjoy some armchair travel. We have some goodies (including a map to track your travel) to give out once we reopen!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Our Spring Reading Challenge is a virtual trip around the world.

We’ve divided the world into 21 regions, and invite you to travel the world by reading a book for each, OR by spending an hour learning a language spoken in that region, using the online program Mango (a free
program offered by the library). 

As you travel, use the dots to indicate each country you have visited. Once you’ve visited 7 or more regions, stop by the library for a free gift (while supplies last).

How to get to Mango: Go to the Auburn Public Library website. Scroll down until you see the Mango logo on the home page. It’s under the Quick Link section just below digital main library logo.

Once there, sign in as a guest using the barcode number on your library card.

The booklets will give you examples of both fiction and nonfiction books for each region, but you are not limited to these books.


Let us know if we can help!

Fun Stuff for Kids Online!

FREE EBOOKS Several sites are providing free access to ebooks while schools are closed.

Tumblebooks

Lerner Books: Now through June 30, hundreds of Lerner eBooks are available for free via the Lerner Bookshelf. There are two collections of eBooks, Grades PreK-5 and Grades 6-12.

Audible–Listen to free eaudiobooks at stories.audible.com

Here is a list of websites you might find useful over the next few weeks to help your children during the school closure.
READING

GENERAL INTEREST

INSTAGRAM

  • For customers on Instagram  author Dan Santat is offering an online survival guide: Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic. You just need to follow him on Instagram
  • Author Rafael Lopez is posting black and white drawings that didn’t make it into his books for kids to color. He is the author of Drum Dream Girl

STEAM

FOR YOUR LITTLES

  • Jbrary: Storytime Songs and fingerplays to share with your little ones
  • Resources for families during the Pandemic from Common Sense Media

Take Out Service to start June 1.

Auburn Public Library Take-Out Service

The Library is instituting a take-out service for library materials. To request materials, please place holds using our online catalog, by phone, or by email to request@auburnpubliclibrary.org. Interlibrary Loan items are not currently available, all holds must be items owned by Auburn Public Library. You will be notified when the materials are ready to pick up, and will be able to choose a specific pick up time slot then. Materials will be packaged in a paper bag and available in the lobby of our Spring St. entrance. If Lewiston Public Library is your home library, you may request APL items to be picked up at APL only. Please call us to change the pickup location.

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program has been suspended. We are unable to loan items to those who have been using this program until it has been restarted.

Our intention is to have a limited number of pickups in any time slot, however, please observe social distancing. Only one person in the lobby at a time, please. Any returns should be put in the book drop and not brought into the library building.

We are quarantining returned items for three days, and staff is wearing gloves and masks while preparing items for pickup. We encourage you to use caution when handling materials.

Checkouts and Holds

  • If you have materials checked out, we have extended those due dates.  Due dates have been extended to July 10 for material checked out before the March closure. Please return all materials checked out prior to closure by July 10. This includes all Auburn Public Library items, as well as interlibrary loans.
  • Requests are now being accepted for Auburn Public Library material only. Holds on items owned by other libraries will be activated when the interlibrary loan system is restarted. If you no longer want an item you have on hold you can cancel the hold by accessing your record online.
  • When an item you had on hold is available for pickup we will call you to arrange a pickup time.
  • Interlibrary loan services and the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program have been suspended until further notice.
  • After hours materials returns (book drops) are now open. Please return all items checked out before the closure by July 10. Items are quarantined for up to seven days before check in, and will show up on your record until then. Check ins will be backdated and no fees will be charged due to the quarantine period.

We have extended library card expiration dates into June so you can continue using our digital services. If your library card expires in June, please call us to renew.

Get an Auburn Public Library card

If you don’t have a library card, apply for an online card with this form and a card will be mailed to you. An e-card will give you access to e-books, e-audiobooks and online databases. 

Digital services

We encourage you to check our website for online services, and to follow the Auburn Public Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will also send out updates through our email newsletter (subscribe here).

We will try to respond to phone calls. However, email, social media, and our contact form remain the best ways to contact us. For general questions, please send to email@auburnpubliclibrary.org. If you have reference questions or would like assistance in using online resources, please use reference@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

The library wi-fi will be on until 10PM and can generally be accessed from the parking lot. Be sure to observe social distancing!

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the City of Auburn’s Coronavirus Response Resource Hub, the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or the Maine Health Department at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs.


Stay safe and strong.

Mamie Anthoine Ney, Director

mmaney@auburnpubiclibrary.org, Ext. 2020

Programs cancelled

In cooperation with the City of Auburn, the Library has cancelled all activities for the next two weeks. At that time, we will reevaluate the COVID situation. This means all meeting rooms, study rooms, and Teen Center will not be available. Also we are suspending the use of our public computers, computer lab, and media lab. Please check this page often for updates. Stay healthy and strong. Mamie Anthoine Ney, Library Director.

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