Library patrons enjoying book pickup system during closure

Noah French
Sunday, March 22, 2020
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JoAnn Roe picks up library material she requested through the library’s new pick-up service. The system was put in place earlier this week when the county announced the closure of the library to the public. Noah French photo

During the trying time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have had to change their operations to best serve their community.

Thanks to the Glendive Public Library, though, you can still curl up with a good book while you distance yourself from others.

The library is offering a book pick-up system that will allow readers to still be able to access the libraries stock while they practice the social-distancing that has become an important factor in protecting public health.

As well as online services that the library offers, like audio books and e-books, they have also begun taking phone calls from the community and finding books for their patrons, even though the library itself remains closed.

Library staff will inform the caller if they have the item stocked and if they do it will be arranged for pick-up in the library’s entryway.

Callers then have the opportunity to pick up the books, print-outs, magazines, or other items Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m.

The library asks that only one person is in the pick up area at a time, in order to best ensure public health.

According to librarian Dawn Kingstad, the program is a way that the library hopes to bring joy to the community amid the panic and unrest that has settled into the public conciousness.

“Although this is a time of uncertainty, the library is glad that we can give some calm and joy,” said Kingstad.

And they certainly have accomplished that, Thursday patrons periodically came to the library entryway, exited for new reading material, and to still have access to a community resource that had almost gone away during the pandemic.

“We’ve had quite a few use the service,” explained Kingstad.

Among the patrons were words of praise for how the library had found a way to continue their operation and service to the community, despite the necessity to close their doors.

“They’re doing the best they can,” library patron Peggy Handtmann said as she collected her books.

“I think it’s a great thing they’re doing,” praised JoAnn Roe on her way out with the books she had asked for.

“When I heard it on the radio I got on the phone and called, that’s how excited I was,” Cammy Oakland said in the short time it took her to get the reading material she had wanted.

The returning of these materials is just as easy, as readers can use the book drop without breaking the rules of social distancing.

Please call the library at 377-3633 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and request the books that you would like to read. Reach Noah French at rrre

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