BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With the current situation and ensuing closing of municipal buildings, residents are left scrambling in many instances.  The Bloomfield Public Library was forced to physically close recently, seemingly leaving many Bloomfield residents without the vast resources that the library offers.  TAPinto Bloomfield reached out to the Director of the Bloomfield Public Library, Holly Martin Belli, MLS, to see what services were available;

"The Library is doing all sorts of things to help keep the public both informed and entertained during this difficult time.  Our "virtual desks" are staffed by librarians during normal working hours, meaning that any time the Library would be open to the public, librarians are on hand to answer questions via email (Reference@bplnj.org) or social media.  We have been getting library cards into the hands of residents who may not have had one, or who have had theirs expire, so that they can take advantage of some of our e-resources, including Libby by Overdrive (available in your App Store), Ancestry.com, Rosetta Stone, and Ebsco; residents can email us at reference@bplnj.com and we can help!  

We are still buying new books for people to read! Librarians are eagerly adding new eBooks to Overdrive so that there are more selections available for patrons via the Libby app.  And we are hard at work hunting down the best resources for kids and adults who are at home and looking for free and interesting things to do - lists of these great finds are available on our website at www.bplnj.org and on our social media.

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Reference librarians are also assisting the Township with small business grants and other related research to help residents get through this difficult time.  More information will be available from the Township on those endeavors soon.

Our Children's staff are performing virtual story times in English and in Spanish; we recognize that for very small children, seeing a familiar face during a time of uncertainty can be tremendously reassuring, and Miss Cheryl has been getting lots of artwork, notes, and photos from our littlest patrons.  Even Ruby, our Library Bunny, has been reaching out with her "Bloomfield Public Rubrary' takeover to let the kids know she is there, and thinking of them. We've got lots for kids to do online, too, so parents should check out our website, which we update regularly. And of course a big upcoming highlight is Story Time with Mayor Venezia and Councilpersons, so we encourage patrons to check Social Media for those events!   

Other things to look forward to are Genealogy, Book, and Poetry Q&As and Virtual get-togethers to discuss them.  We are always coming up with ideas to serve our residents, and we are eager to hear from our patrons! We are here to help them find the information they need, and help them stay entertained, too."

The Library is located at 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.  We will keep you updated on the reopen date as soon as it is announced.