In this day and age, our interconnectedness is undeniable. So much of what happens in a library involves sharing materials in close physical proximity. We all need access to reliable information and resources, and at Hooksett Library we aim to provide that in a professional and community-centered manner.
We are also asked to practice “social distancing” in order to “flatten the curve” of this highly infectious illness, COVID-19. For the Hooksett Library, this means closing the building to the public, but we remain here to serve the community as best we can.
We will temporarily close our building on Friday March 13th at 5:00pm and it will remain closed until further notice. Late fees will NOT accrue on borrowed materials during this closure period and due dates will be extended automatically. The library's book drop is now open every Saturday, for all borrowed materials, except for LEGO kits or donations!. Please note that our virtual branch remains open 24/7, and you'll also be able to reach us via live chat from our homepage.
The projections of how our present public health crisis will develop means we need to imagine new ways to use our library’s resource collection and hold community meetings and conversations. Our staff will be working diligently on creative ways to maintain the high level of service we expect from ourselves, and we look forward to your questions, suggestions, and feedback during this time.
We will be updating our website and Facebook pages with resources and service announcements.
Our digital collections and resources, our virtual branch, are available to you 24/7 at HooksettLibrary.org. Now is the time to learn digitally with Creativebug, Universal Class, or Mango Languages. Access resources here. We will also be adding additional resources to our digital collection in the upcoming days/weeks.
It may be difficult to envision our way through this trying time. However, during the evolution of this public health crisis communities have learned that clear action can protect the public. At the Hooksett Library, that is what we are trying to do: protect the community we serve.
Heather Rainier, Library Director
Mary Farwell, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Please consult the following resources for additional information:
The Washington Post: "Social distancing could buy U.S. valuable time against coronavirus." March 10, 2020.
Centers for Disease Control: "Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Social Distancing Measures", early release of article, May 2020.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Fact Sheet:"Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation."Dec. 2014. Downloadable PDF.
COVID-19 Resource Guide: HooksettLibrary.org/library-news/2020/03/08/guide-covid-19-coronavirus-disease-2019