COVID-19 Communication

Update July 6, 2021:

Continued use of face coverings are encouraged to protect other patrons & staff that are not fully vaccinated, but are no longer required to be in the library.

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A letter from the President of the Board of Trustees.

2020 has been one for the books!  Both literally and figuratively.          

Dear Patrons and Neighbors,

Since the Governor’s stay-at-home order closed down public libraries, COVID-19 has affected Muhlenberg Community Library in many ways. Even when closed to the public, library staff continued to work from home, helping our patrons stay connected, informed, and entertained. 

 Our mission to educate continued even as the platform and need changed, by:

  •  Learning new ways to do things 
  •  Planning how to safely re-open
  •  Purchasing more ebooks and eaudio books (Usage has doubled)
  •  Creating virtual story hours and guided craft demonstrations
  •  Providing free WiFi in our parking lot
  •  Starting curb-side pick-up

We were just about to provide in-person services again, when the rains hit and over half of the library was flooded, damaging the carpet and underlying tiles. Staff, with the help of volunteers, started the renovation by packing and moving over 500 boxes of books and shelving. Despite this adversity we will open as of December, barring any other COVID-19 closures. 

The pandemic and water damage hit the Library hard. Expected losses from March through December are: 

  •  Riverfest, Miniature Golf, and other Fundraisers - $6,050 
  •  Designer Bag Bingo and Nellie Walter Events - $8,850 
  •  Spring mailing - $7,500
  •  Used Book Sales - $1,400
  •  Renovation repairs not covered by insurance - $36,000

We need your help now.  Please donate today!

Watch Facebook and our website for Raffles and other opportunities to support the library.

 

Sincerely,

 

Linda Roebuck

Board of Trustees, President

linda19605@yahoo.com

 

Please consider donating to the library if you are able. Donations can be made online on the JustGiving website (https://www.justgiving.com/muhlenbergcommunitylibraryassn) or via checks sent directly to the library.