A note from the 4 Benzie County libraries: May 26, 2020
On March 16, 2020 Michigan public libraries closed their facilities as a safety measure against the spread of COVID 19. This necessary measure has been difficult for both patrons who depend on library services and library staff who work hard to serve their communities. As the public sees retail and dining establishments opening, they might assume that libraries will too. As of today, Libraries are closed (even to curbside services) in compliance with Executive Order 2020-100.
Libraries are government entities and are subject to different rules and timelines. Library Boards are responsible for the legal operation and financial stability of the library. They set policy, and new policies are being created to allow public service to continue while protecting the health of both patrons and library workers. Plans are underway to reopen libraries when conditions are safe again. Based on recommendations by OSHA, the CDC, the Michigan Department of Health, and various library organizations, libraries are crafting Reopening Policies and protocols. These plans outline the steps libraries will take to keep buildings clean, set up spaces to comply with social distancing, provide safe programs, and circulate clean materials.
Reopening will mean changes to normal library operations. New safety measures might include curbside pickup, masks worn inside the library building, and/or a limited number of people allowed in library buildings among others. Library staff and boards ask the public to be patient and comply with these new measures. They are for the health and safety of the whole Community. Many libraries, including those in Benzie County, are considering a phased re-opening beginning with no-contact service such as curbside pickup.
Even with the doors closed, library service continues. Contact your local library for information on ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, music, language learning, online programs, reference service, and more.
The Summer Reading Program at BPL will look a little different this year. Here are some ways that things will change…
Summer Reading Page>
We are excited about a summer of fun and learning! Please visit our website often for updates!
Until Further Notice
Stay Home, Stay Safe!
In response to public health and safety concerns, and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Benzonia public Library is closed until further notice. Executive order 2020-59 extended the Stay Home date. Under section #6 libraries must still remain closed at this time.
Library materials coming due will be automatically extended and there will be no fines. Reserved materials and all MeLCat services are suspended. Materials may be returned in the drop box at any time.
Remember that our digital services are free and available 24/7. Please visit our website www.benzonialibrary.org for information on accessing ebooks and audiobooks online. Overdrive gives you the ability to download eBooks and audiobooks and RBdigital has a large selection of audiobooks. These items can be downloaded directly to your personal device or phone. New offerings include TubbleBookLibrary, TumbleMath, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud, and RomanceBookCloud.www.benzonialibrary.org/
If you need assistance, contact us at: email@example.com. WiFi is available 24/7 and is able to be accessed in the library parking lot.
We will post updates and information on our website and Facebook.
COVID-19: BEZONIA PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSURE BACKGROUND
Don’t have an account at
Benzonia Public Library?
No problem, you can now apply online for a card
that allows borrowing privileges at the library.
You'll have access to BPL materials once the library is allowed to open for curbside pick-up. Benzie County residents and landowners will also have access to e-books and other electronic resources
as soon as the account is activated.
Fill out the online application and upload a
copy of your driver’s license*. You'll also have to agree to the new account policy.
NOTE: If you recently received a Digital Card,
you can upgrade to full services by emailing
a copy of your driver’s license* to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll let you know as soon as your account is updated, your account number will remain the same.
*If your driver’s license doesn’t show your local address, we can discuss other options for proving local address. Questions? Email email@example.com
Five New eResources Available Free at Benzonia Public Library, www.benzonialibrary.org
Tumblebooks has allowed libraries free access to five e-Resources
(until August 31, 2020). These have now been added to our Apollo Catalog. Check out these great resources available at www.benzonialibrary.org.
Just click on the Library Catalog icon and scroll down to make your selection.
ALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations for our book sales while the library is closed.
BPL Earns 2016
State Librarian's Excellence Award
It was an incredible honor and we are so proud! We are grateful for our staff, volunteers, Friends group, board, community members and local businesses that support us, inspire us, and now... Celebrate with us! Thank you all, for a truly amazing year! Click here for details>
BPL Board, Staff, and Friends at Library of Michigan Awards Presentation in Lansing, MI.
ages 50 & up,
please take a moment to fill out a brief survey regarding library services and YOUR needs.
We are looking for input to help us understand how best to serve YOU!
Click here to take survey www.benzielibrarysurvey.com
A joint project by Benzie Shores District Library & Benzonia Public Library.
Survey link posted on both Libraries websites.
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