HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Trustees of the Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights discussed the current online offerings to community members as well as the future of a phased-in re-opening.
According to Mimi Hui, Library Director, Governor Phil Murphy signed an Administrative Order last Friday allowing libraries to begin offering curbside delivery on Monday, June 15. The order was officially signed by New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan on Saturday. The Hasbrouck Heights Library is in the process of establishing curbside service while making "safety a number one priority."
Hui also noted that the library continues to interact with the public through its website, social media accounts, and issuing new digital library cards. She explained that registration for the summer reading program has opened and already has over 100 participants, including children, teens, and adults. She said that Youth Services Librarian Maureen Herman is planning special events in July and August, including a virtual escape room based on J.K.Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." In addition, the adult book club will continue throughout the summer.
Looking ahead to re-opening, Hui said the Library is looking to guidance from two task forces working with libraries throughout the state. She said those guidelines will be adopted and tweaked specifically for Hasbrouck Heights needs. She said that returned items are quarantined for 72 hours.
A possible protocol for when the library re-opens is a self-check out process, which could take one of two ways. One way would be for a patron to check out with an app on their cellphone, while a second would be a dedicated ipad to scan books and items at the front desk. The Trustees voted to explore both methods.
Trustee Rose Heck lauded the Hui and her staff for their continued efforts during the shutdown and recommended the group formally commend them for their service in "going above and beyond."
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