Jefferson County Library has made steady progress on reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and attributed its success to the public’s respect for safety protocols. Staff members reported their recent pleasure at seeing see new and familiar faces, hearing children laughing again inside the building, and receiving feedback on library changes. Although they are currently unable to provide meeting rooms or in-person events due to space limitations, they said they’re hopeful that will change soon. Below are additional updates:
Health Checkup. The library is disinfected by cleaning staff every evening, and by the time you read this, most (if not all) library staff will be vaccinated. All materials must be returned to book drops located outside the library; from there they go to quarantine for 24 hours prior to processing. If returned materials continue to appear on your account, it is due to this quarantine process. The library has no late fees, so no fines are assessed unless you lose a book.
Browse and Get Info. Grab & Go in-library services—when patrons are encouraged to enter the library and browse or get help from information librarians—are available Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Self-checkout is required to reduce contact, and staff can guide you through the process.
Technical Services. Computer access is now available on desktops inside the library from noon to 4:00 p.m., with reservations recommended. Short-term laptop loans for use in the parking lot are also available. Do you need a boost to your home internet connection so you can work (or play) online? The library has MiFi boosters for cardholders to borrow.
On-Site Delivery. Curbside pickups continue to be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. For a complete list of our contactless services, see jclibrary.info/2020/11/04/contact-free-library-services. Please note: The library will be closed on Saturday, May 29, in observation of Memorial Day.
Staff Changes. In March, JCL children’s librarian Martha Ashenfelter retired after working for the library for 17 years. The current children’s librarian, Scott Bahlmann, will continue to offer programs and services for kids and teens. Newly hired early-childhood services coordinator Rosaletta Curry is hosting family story times every Monday and Wednesday, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Zoom, sharing stories and movement activities for preschoolers, toddlers, and families.
Tech Tuesdays. Library cardholders have access to over 55,000 free eBooks and eAudiobooks. In the May 4 Tech Tuesday class, you can learn how to access these resources using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. The May 11 Tech Tuesday class will show you how to use the creative-goods marketplace Etsy, where you can buy and sell uniquely crafted artwork. For links to join these or other library events, go to jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/month/2021/05.
Painting Botanicals. You can combine your interest in painting and plants in a class titled Botanical Bookmarks on May 20, where you will learn to paint dandelions. After registering for the class, pick up a kit including watercolors, paper, brushes, and other materials, as supplied by the library. Then join the class on Zoom. If you are a beginner, this class is just for you. To find out more and register, visit jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/live-online-botanical-bookmarks.
Trivia Competitions. First-Friday and third-Tuesday Trivia Nights continue in May. Join professional information librarians for online fun and friendly competition with questions that cover topics including movies, music, literature, art, history, science, geography, and pop culture. For a link to join the fun on Zoom, go to jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/live-online-friday-night-trivia-10.
Used-Book Sale. OnSaturday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friends of the Library will be holding a used-book sale in the bookmobile garage located next to the library building. Masks and social distancing will be required. Please note the library is not currently accepting donations. All book-sale revenue supports the Jefferson County Library.
What’s a Seed Library? JCL is once again partnering with Washington State University to deliver seed orders at regular bookmobile stops. WSU will provide instructions on how to sign up for the program as well as tips on how to harvest seeds to donate back to the seed library once the plants are mature. The library also has a collection of seed sieves to lend. Learn more at jclibrary.info/use-the-library/bookmobile/seed-library.
Mobile Services. Both browsing and contactless-hold deliveries are available at regular bookmobile stops Monday to Friday. To meet Washington physical distancing requirements the bookmobile can now accommodate two patrons at a time. For a list of bookmobile stops and other library schedules, go to https://jclibrary.info/use-the-library/location-hours.
Jefferson County Library is located at 620 Cedar Avenue in Port Hadlock. Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot 24/7. Contact the library staff at 360-385-6544 or email@example.com.