LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - The Little Falls Public Library, located at 8 Warren Street, will be reopening to the public with 25 percent capacity beginning on Monday, July 6. According to Kristin Blumberg, library director, normal hours will be resuming, along with summer programming that will be all virtual. Curbside pick-up will continue to be offered.
"We have updated our policies in the interest of public safety due to the current COVID-19 pandemic," she said, adding that temporary policies will be posted on the front door of the library."We are one of the first libraries in the PALS Plus library consortium to be opening to the public on July 6. Every program we offer will be virtual. Our summer reading program for children will also be online through READSquared. "
Additionally, Linda Belen, children's librarian will also be hosting "Story Time at the Park," for all ages. All the sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park on Wilmore Road, and on Thursdays at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the library. It will also be on Facebook Live. The sessions will run from Jun. 30 through Aug. 4.
Blumberg also said that she and her staff are hoping that patrons will return to the library, but will also will take part in the virtual programming.
"Even though we're doing things a little bit different, we're still providing services and programs to our patrons, and we hope they will participate just the same!" she added.
Anne Kahwaty is the library's newly-elected library board president, who began her position on June 11. She said the library has been working hard make preparations to re-open.
"We've been working very hard behind the scenes and taking steps to ensure the safety of staff, as well as patrons," she explained. "We're making sure everyone is doing what they need to do, and that includes extending cleaning services and installing plexiglass at the front desk."
Kahwaty also said that there will be a maximum of 25 people at any given time inside the library, and it will continue to provide services that have been offered through the past few months due to social distancing measures.
"We're also wiping down the handle on the book depository outside so people can return their books there. We will still offer curbside service for those who may feel uncomfortable coming in during open business hours," she added.
Online options will continue to be offered via Hoopla and Libby, which are free apps that can be downloaded, including Tumblebooks (for children) so patrons can take books out electronically.
"Also worth noting is that if anyone has any questions on how to use any of these virtual services, they can call or email the library," she added. "This goes for assistance with downloading books electronically or with any of the virtual programs we'll be offering this summer, including any recommendations for books the library may not have currently."
Kahwaty added that the PALS program will not be available in instances when the library does not house a certain book, due to other libraries that have not yet reopened.
When the library first closed the building on March 16, the library still ran a number of virtual programs, according to Kahwaty.
"Even though the building was closed, the library staff acted quickly and did an excellent job in putting together a diverse selection of online programming. We hope patrons continue to take advantage of the online programming that is currently being offered. Now that the building is re-opening, patrons can also check out CDs and movies," she reassured.
The library's in-house computers will be available to use. Patrons are encouraged to file their census and/or federal and state income taxes, which were extended to July 15.
"If anyone needs those forms, we have them," she noted.
Kahwaty, who has been on the library board for the past 18 months, said she appreciates her new role as library board president. She hopes to extend the community outreach by getting more people within the town to come through the library's doors and getting their card in-hand.
"I look forward to building upon what's already being offered here," she added.
She also looks forward to being involved with the local school district even more.
"We are looking forward to partnering with the Little Falls Public School District and Superintendent Tracey Marinelli for more innovative ways to collaborate and get students more involved with our library,” she further added.
The Little Falls Public Library hours will be Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on July 6. It will be closed on Saturdays in July and August. Patrons can check out the library's website, www.littlefallslibrary.org, or Facebook page - www.facebook.com/LFPLNJ and their Instagram page - www.instagram.com/littlefallspl for more information, dates and times and links to the online events. The summer reading program for children will also be offered online through READSquared. Children can sign-up through the link on the homepage of our website and register what they've read, compete for prizes and online events. The PV summer reading list is also being tracked through that app."
"We want to thank everyone in advance for your cooperation and can't wait to see you!" Blumberg said.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Kristin Blumberg, library director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the library at 973-256-2784 or via email at email@example.com