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-6PM

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 are strongly recommended for children to use the Children’s Room. Use of the Children’s Room is limited to two families 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 Reciprocal Borrowing Program is still suspended.

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.

  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before getting checked in. We will back date when we check in. Be aware that items may appear on your record for up to a week after return.
  • Items returned before September 1 will not be subject to a late fee. Normal late fees will be charged for items returned after September 1.
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!

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