Newbury Library Update: Apr. 3, 2020
Dear Library Patrons,
We hope you are all feeling healthy and well, and are home participating in social distancing if you are so able. If you are involved in any of the professions that are providing essential services, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the risks you are undertaking for the sake of the community during this pandemic.
Governor, Charlie Baker, has extended the Stay-At-Home advisory through May 4, 2020. This means we have some time to go before we can begin to envision opening the library again, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t planning!
NTL librarians have been working hard remotely, communicating with each other and with libraries across the state, to respond to the needs of our communities. We are happy so many of you who are social distancing at home have been taking advantage of NTL’s online services! But we want to continue getting the word out to others who may be home and in need of reading materials, educational materials for children, or simply some virtual streaming entertainment. We will continue to provide information on how to access these things online in all of our communications.
We are also delving into virtual programming, such as our first ever Virtual Book Group coming up on April 9th, and hope to offer more as time goes on. We hope you can take advantage of some of these offerings, and we are here for you if you need help with using any of these online technologies. Just send us an email.
We will continue to provide updates on the library and any new service offerings, as well as informational updates for the community on the whole. In the meantime, we wish you and your families continued good health and resiliency as we get through the coming weeks.
The Staff at the Newbury Town Library
Newbury Library Update: Mar. 25, 2020
Dear Library Patrons,
As you probably know, The Newbury Town Library is closed to the public until further notice in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and Stay-At-Home advisory, and to encourage social distancing due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). All events have been cancelled through April 30, 2020.
A few things to note:
- Got a question? Ask us! Staff is available by email to answer your questions via email between 9-5 on weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. We will try to respond within 24 hours.
- It is safe to hold onto your borrowed materials until MVLC libraries like as the Newbury Town Library reopen their doors to the public. You can not return items to the library at this time — please do not worry about fines or late items. Due dates will be extended.
- You may still place holds, even though items will not become available at this time.
- This is a great opportunity to explore eBooks, eAudiobooks, and the rest of our online collections, including universal classroom, Kanopy streaming movies, and more.
- Now you can access AncestryLibrary FROM HOME with your NTL library card! See below for more information.
- WIFI is available in the library parking lot. You can connect even if you aren’t in the building.
We are thinking of all of our wonderful patrons, and wishing you good health through these hard times. Please be well!
COVID-19 | Coronavirus Overview
MassachusettsCOVID-19 Text Message Notification System
MA residents can subscribe to real-time notifications by texting “COVIDMA” to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device. More information: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-launches-a-covid-19-text-message-notification-system-text-covidma-to-888-777-for
The status of the COVID-19 coronavirus is rapidly changing. For the latest information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s coronavirus webpage. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page and the Boston Public Health Comission’s coronavius page will also be kept up to date and will include more specific information about any location-specific information you may need to know.
And please beware of scams. The WHO has a dedicated page listing potential scams seeking to steal money or sensitive information from people. Improve your cyber security by reading the WHO’s information and tips.
Need help talking to your kids about COVID-19? Staff at the National Public Radio used interviews from various public health and social work experts to create a comic about what kids may want to know. You can see a snippet below:
COVID-19 | Coronavirus: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
MA Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses
US Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
In the event of an emergency situation arising from weather conditions, the library will remain open as long as Newbury Town Hall is open and minimum staffing is met. During the hours that Town Hall is open, the library will maintain its usual daytime schedule. If Town Hall delays opening or closes due to weather conditions, the library will do the same.
The closing of the library at any other time is at the discretion of the library director based on current or projected road conditions, weather forecasts, health, safety or building concerns.
When Newbury schools are closed or have a delayed opening, any scheduled library programs will be cancelled. Library users should contact the library or check the library’s web site to see if other programs or Meeting Room bookings have been cancelled.
- Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
- MA 211 – Dial 2-1-1 to get information about critical health and human services available in Massachusetts, or go to mass211.org
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
- WCBV Weather/School Closings
- CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1 (800) 985-5990 – Talk with a trained crisis counselor at SAMHSA’s hotline
- EPA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (General information for disasters)
- FEMA.gov | Federal Emergency Management Agency
- MedlinePlus – A service of the the National Library of Medicine
- National Weather Service
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (NCTSN) – What you should know, readiness, and response
- RedCross.org: Staying Safe in the Immediate Aftermath of a Disaster
- Ready.gov: Plan ahead for disasters
- USA.gov: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
- WHO: World Health Organization