Library News

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Starting Monday, June 22, the library will begin offering curbside pickup by appointment. The library building will be remaining closed to the public at this time.

Returning Items

We will be continuing with opening book drop every other week for returns. Please do not use the curbside pickup bin to return materials when you are picking items up. This is essential to maintain safe handling of all materials.

We will be doing the sealing/unsealing of the book drop at 1 pm on Thursdays. 

Schedule:

  • Closed: 6/18-25
  • Open: 6/25-7/2
  • Closed: 7/2 – 7/9
  • Open: 7/9-7/16
  • Closed: 7/16-7/23

Am I required to return my checkouts?

Absolutely not! In fact, we invite you to keep them longer to help us avoid a rush. Due date notices continue to be turned off, so feel free to hold on to your books if you’re still reading. But if they’re taking up space in your home, by all means bring them back!

Curbside Pickup

Hours for pickup

We are at this point continuing with reduced hours – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11 am to 4 pm.

The library will begin offering curbside pickup Monday, June 22 by appointment only. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new process. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Email or call the library with your request. If you’re not sure what you want, we’re happy to work with you to pick items out. Additionally you can log into your library account and place holds online.
  2. We will contact you when they are ready to schedule a pickup. We will place them outside in a plastic bag labeled with your first name 5 minutes before your expected arrival.  Items will already be checked out to you – so feel free to take your bag and go! This is a no-contact service, meaning that staff will not be outdoors.
  3. During good weather, your items will be placed on top of the bin in the walkway for one less thing that needs to be touched; if it’s rainy, your items will be in the bin.
  4. If you are unable to come to the library, we can deliver books to you. If you do not have an overhang or protected place to leave books, deliveries will only be made in good weather. Deliveries will also be no contact at an arranged time – we’ll leave the books on your doorstep and beep to let you know they’re there for you.

How can I find out if my holds are ready?

We ask that you wait until the library has contacted you to let you know your items are ready. At that time, you may schedule a pickup.

How do I place holds on items?

Log into https://salisbury.bywatersolutions.com/ with your 14-digit library card number and last four digits of your phone number. If you have difficulty logging in, or accessing the internet, feel free to call us at (603) 648-2278  to place a hold over the phone.

I don’t have a library card! Can I use this service?

Yes! Give us a call or email and we can register for you a library card remotely. We will need your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Can I request items from other libraries?

No. At this time, we are not receiving items from other NH libraries.

What safety precautions is the library taking?

  • Staff will use gloves and a face mask while handling your items to reduce possible transmission risk.
  • The pickup box will be wiped down with disinfectant between pickups.
  • Items returned are quarantined for a week before handling and covers disinfected afterwards.
  • We’re stocking up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and other necessary supplies for when we reopen further.
  • All library services will be operated with the minimum number of library staff, to avoid opportunities for contact.

How long will you offer this service?

Until further notice. Since our service levels are determined based on a number of public health factors, we do not know when our services, or our hours, will change. Please check our website at https://salisburyfreelibrary.wordpress.com/ for updates.

Rest assured that library staff and trustees are working on plans for the next phase of reopening, and we look forward to serving you further in the future!

STATE PARK PASS INFO

Yes, we can still get State Parks passes to you.

For patrons who wish to visit at park using a library pass while we are closed due to the COVID-19 virus:

  • Contact us to reserve the pass.
  • We’ll reserve the pass on the system and email it to you.
  • Then you can print one pass that will be collected at the park upon entrance. Duplicate passes may be confiscated and the library contacted regarding misuse.

 It is also recommended that you may wish to reserve a spot. They are setting aside a limited number of parking spaces for pre-paid and discounted access based upon historical use, but are operating at limited capacity, and library passes are more of a coupon for entrance than an actual reservation. If patrons do not reserve ahead of their arrival, the library pass does not guarantee entrance into the park. To reserve a parking spot “day pass” you have to create an account and pay the fees, then request a refund  to your card.

 For the most up to date information on NH State Parks and their response to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19.

SUMMER READING

Summer Reading sign-ups are now LIVE!!! Below are the links for the Children’s and Adult programs Google Sign-ups. Included in the form are important details about the program. READsquared sign-ups are now live, so you can find that link below too. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call the Library. Here is some important information:

We are planning to do the entire Summer Reading Program virtually this year, so reading logs and most activities will be done through READsquared. We are still working on some of the Missions and Activities for this summer, but by following the link below you are now able to register, start logging your reading, and play some of the mini-games. There are three programs: Pre-K, Children’s, and Adult. The Children’s program is equivalent to what we would normally call “The Borrower’s Club”, meaning that these children can read on their own. The age bracket for the Pre-K program has been extended to allow children who are 5 years old to register for either the Pre-K program or the Children’s program. For families with several children registering for the Pre-K and/or Children’s programs, you can sign up as a family (both you and your children will be registered in reading programs) or you can sign up a group (just your children). This will give parents and guardians access to all of their children’s “accounts”, but this also means that the adult registrant will be the only one with log-in information. Individual children will not have personal log-in information when registering as a family. This may work perfectly for families with several small children, but some older children may want to register on their own. We are learning this software as we go and still working to build the site, so do not be surprised if you notice slight changes between log-ins. 

Summer Reading themed virtual storytimes will begin Monday, 6/22, and the first programmed “event” of the summer will take place on Thursday, 6/25 over Facebook Live. We will provide information ahead of time about materials (mostly recycled goods like paper towel tubes, cardboard, or sauce/salsa jars) that will be needed for these events. We are trying to make this summer feel as normal as possible, even though we won’t be able to see anyone in person. We highly recommend that an adult should follow the Library on Facebook to help stay up-to-date with everything Summer Reading related. Happy Reading!

Children’s Google Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/We5dCBT6DManpZAz5
Adult Google Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/mwx6txcLqKARh1ZP9

Salisbury Free Library READsquared link: http://salisburyfree.readsquared.com/

These links can also be found on the Salisbury Free Library Facebook Page.

DOWNLOADABLE/ONLINE OFFERINGS

Please contact us if you don’t yet have a library card and we can get you signed up:

  • NH Downloadable E-books and Audiobooks, available at http://nh.overdrive.com or through the Libby app. 
  • hoopla digital is now available for patrons to check out up to 5 items per month – sign up with your 14 digit library card number. Borrow digital books, audiobooks, music, movies, and TV. https://www.hoopladigital.com/
  • TumbleBooks is a world leader in online children’s book databases, and it is making its family of online libraries available for free to all schools and libraries until at least August 31. There is a direct link to access it through our website on the Online Children’s Resources page.
  • The Internet Archive has created the National Emergency Library at https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. 1.4 million books and no wait lists! No library card required.
  • Ancestry Library Edition is available to our patrons – there is a link in our online catalog that can be accessed after logging in.  Ancestry brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Wi-Fi is available free in our parking lot, no password required.

For assistance with reference, card sign ups, or downloadables, call us at 648-2278 (typically staffed Mon, Tue, and Thur. 11 am – 4 pm) or email salisburyfree@gmail.com.