Library Reopens for 15-Minute ‘Grab & Go’ and More

Jefferson County Library has reopened for “Grab & Go” in-library visits, Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. In-library visits are limited to 15 minutes for browsing the shelves and picking up holds or print requests. Self-checkout is required. Masks, fully covering the nose and mouth, are mandatory for all patrons ages five and older entering both the library and the bookmobile. You can read the reopening message from Library Director Tamara Meredith at jclibrary.info/stayhealthy. Below are additional ongoing library offerings:

Computer Access and Curbside Pickup. Both of these services are available Tuesday to Saturday. Computer use: noon to 4:00 p.m. Contactless curbside delivery: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For a quick view of library location and hours of operation, see jclibrary.info/use-the-library/location-hours.

Bookmobile. The bookmobile continues to offer contactless delivery of holds and is now also open for browsing at regular stops Monday to Friday. To meet Washington state physical distancing requirements, the bookmobile can accommodate one person at a time (two if from the same household).

Investing in Learning. The continuation of library services throughout the past year of Covid-19 challenges was made possible in part through donations from the community. Generous funding allowed the library district to keep staff employed. Upgrades to telecommunications tools enabled staff to answer library phones from new laptops, and to continue delivering quality programming for adults, teens, and children online via Zoom. Additional on-site storage was obtained for quarantine of materials, while protective gear and disinfecting equipment were purchased to help keep the community and library staff healthy. To recognize the strong connection between donors and libraries, national Library Giving Day will be observed Wednesday, April 7. For information on donating to Jefferson County Library, see jclibrary.info/get-involved.

Tax Help. You canuse the library’s curbside service to pick up IRS tax forms or booklets. Call 360-385-6544 to have a staff member assist you. Free AARP tax assistance is also available to help residents prepare and electronically file tax returns at these locations: Quilcene Community Center, 360-302-6064; Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum, 360-390-4014 (option 4); and in Port Townsend at the Community Center, 360-302-1867.

Vision Aids and Resources. The library is now partnering with the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL), a federally funded program providing equipment and library materials to people who have reading disability, physical disability, visual impairment, or blindness. Materials are audio-based or in Braille. Once you have signed up, WTBBL will provide a talking book player and listening accessories to access materials in digital and physical formats. Also available are audio magazines, Braille sheet music, and bilingual materials. To learn more about this free service, contact Mobile Services Manager Celeste Bennett at cbennett@jclibrary.info or call 360-301-8247. For additional info see wtbbl.org.

Seed Delivery. Join the effort to build our community’s food resilience. Now through October, Washington State University Master Gardeners is partnering with the JCL bookmobile for seed delivery. You can place orders on the WSU Seed Library web site and have your seeds delivered to any of the regular JCL bookmobile stops. Learn more at jclibrary.info/use-the-library/bookmobile/seed-library.

Online Technology Classes. The library’s live April 6 Tech Tuesday class will focus on email security. You will learn how to identify suspicious emails and protect your personal information. The April 13 Tech Tuesday class will demonstrate 3D printing basics. You will be able to explore the technology and learn how to print with the library’s new 3D printer. Learn more at jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/month/2021/04.

Online Theatre. The library is cosponsoring the play May’s Vote, which will be streamed Thursday, April 15. It’s the story of two very different Washington women who built upon the state’s legacy and fought for the right of the first women to vote in the U.S. With funding from the Votes for Women Centennial Grant Program, the play, written by Toni Douglass and produced by Key City Public Theatre, will be followed by live commentary and Q & A. For more information, see jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/mays-vote-virtual-live-performance.

Game Nights. To relieve Covid-19 boredom, the library will offer virtual board-game nights (Wednesday–Friday) April 21, 22, and 23. You can play the easy-to-learn, award-winning game Carcassonne, in which payers use tiles to build castles and roads. Registration is required. To learn more, see jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/month/2021/04.