As many of you are aware, Governor Sununu released guidelines for libraries on Thursday, June 11. News media outlets have been reporting that libraries will open at 50 percent capacity beginning June 15, but a reading of the governor’s document offers more comprehensive information. In fact, many of the task force’s recommendations speak to limiting in-person services whenever possible.
The governor has been clear that reopening any business/industry is not mandated, and that for libraries any reopening plan is the responsibility of their governing body – in our case, the Trustees of the Rodgers Library – as designated by NH RSA 202-A. There are no timelines in the guidance document, just that libraries MAY open to the public at 50% capacity starting June 15.
In short, the phases of re-opening are strictly a local decision. There are many guidelines the library director, trustees and staff must consider before expanding our services, namely:
- Providing a safe environment for both patrons and staff,
- A plan to keep both patrons and staff distanced, and
- A plan to remain flexible if circumstances change.
We will be providing continuous messaging and updates on this website, and also on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Unless you already subscribe, consider subscribing to our weekly newsletter for the latest library news. As always, you are welcome to call and speak to a librarian or me during our regular hours (see phone number below), or leave a message in our general delivery mailbox during after-hours, or chat online with a librarian.
Please know that we – the director, staff and trustees of the Rodgers Library – are doing our best to provide services to the extent we are able to do so safely. We are working hard towards a re-opening plan that will keep you safe, and truly appreciate your patience and support.
Very best regards,
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