March Report to the Friends
On April 12 Ridgefield Library will open for Library Beyond 5 services including checking out Chromebooks for people to use outside for up to 2 hours (The Library has no public Internet stations). The library will also open up to allow people to browse. People will be able to make appointments for up to half an hour every hour (Library staff will clean between patrons). If an appointment time is not full we will take a walkup patron.
In February a total of 226 crafts were given out. 158 were curbside crafts that were planned and prepared here. 68 were experience kits that were planned for the entire district by Jamie Baer, but put together by Kathlleen. Of these, 30 went with Chris Poppert to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center.
Our curbside service count for this month was 538. Considering that we were closed for 3 days due to a Holiday and snow, dividing that number by the 21 days we did work, we averaged service to 25 people daily.
Lois put together a collage craft kit for First Saturday/Youth Art Month including poster board and images from magazines. She included an invitation for patrons to return their completed collage and we’ll hang them in the library like we did with the snowflakes. After these were exhausted she put out a pinecone bird feeder craft kit, and once these were gone Kathileen put out an Experience Kit centered on weaving.
Lois led a Virtual Teen Book Discussion at the end of last month.
Kathlleen is moderator for an English Conversation Circle and hosts a virtual Craft ‘n Chat program at the beginning of the month.
I continue to lead a Virtual gaming program every Wednesday. Players now include a 4th grade girl who enjoyed her first session of this program so much that she had her parents buy the First Edition Core Rule Book.
We will not be presenting the Ridgefield Arts Experience this year.
I’m glad to report that Ridgefield will have a collection of 15-20 titles in French and geared for students in Middle School, including a couple of copies of The Little Prince.
The District is distributing Teen Library Loot boxes that contain a book, a snack, a creative activity and a calendar of events. These go to teens who sign up through the website.
I am beginning to put together a plan for how to serve patrons if we are still operating under the same COVID related constraints-that is limited entry and limited computer use. This planning is easier with the welcome news that we will have 2-24 hour positions open.
Ridgefield Building Project Update
The contractor has indicated a finish date of May 11. Probably early April for furniture installation. We do not have a move in date.
I was in the building today. Most of the carpet is installed.The planks of green, blue and orange give the mostly grey-toned carpet punch. All lights are up. The service desk area is finished (We’re talking quartz tops). The display case in the Community Meeting Room is finished. All the window seats are installed, and they all have cubbies. The self-serve tech counter is up (This is the one that overlooks Davis Park). Glass doors from the Main Avenue vestibule and the Mill St. vestibule into the library are installed. The partition between the library and the Community Meeting Room is not installed yet and workers were installing floor cove. This is going to be a knock-out library to echo what the contractor said and what I know.
While I was there. I took a long look at the Friends cabinet today and later we’ll need to figure out money containment through the deposit slot-using a metal locking box like before will not work. An open metal container or any sort of small box will work. The cabinet is locking so this area is secure. Opening the door with the payment slot will require kneeling down to let the release for the door lose.
We are still reviewing the sign package. The photographs for the historic images on the windows project have been selected. We are reviewing information on the donor boards.
Amelia and I went to see the bronze eagle today and have asked our Facilities Department to see if it can be hung in the Main Avenue vestibule.
Last week I ordered flags for the Community Room. This week I’m ordering new book carts.