Library News as of 5/25/2020

AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

PRESS RELEASE
Date: May 25, 2020

RE: Library Phased Re-Opening

Updates from the Agawam Public Library

The Agawam Public Library is pleased to be reintroducing services to our community over the next few weeks. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the library has been closed and offering limited services since March 16th. Staff members will report to the library on June 1st. We are busy planning for the re-opening of the library and preparing to deliver in-person services to the community as soon as possible. At present, we are planning to begin with curbside delivery of library materials from our collection beginning June 1st. More information will be forthcoming as soon as it becomes available.

Library book drops are currently open and available for you to return books at your convenience. All returns are being quarantined for one week before being checked in and re-shelved. There are still no fines accruing at this time. All due dates are July 1st.

In the meantime, we hope that you continue to find enjoyable and informational electronic offerings from among the many streaming services that the library subscribes to. Please see our website at www.agawamlibrary.org for full details.

Library staff members continue to respond to email, so please email us at: [email protected] with any questions or troubleshooting issues. We are able to resolve most issues quickly, and are happy to help if you experience any difficulties using our electronic resources.

We can’t wait to get started and begin this next phase of library services. We miss our patrons and look forward to seeing you all again very soon! Stay tuned to our social media outlets for daily updates and information. Please contact the Agawam Library with any and all questions regarding library services during the shutdown. We can be reached at [email protected]

Library News as of 5/15/2020

AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

PRESS RELEASE
Date: May 18, 2020

RE: Library Phased Re-Opening

Updates from the Agawam Public Library

We hope that this latest update on the Agawam Public Library finds everyone healthy and coping with these challenging times. We recently learned that the date for staff to return to the library has been changed to June 1st. This is due in large part to the Governor’s phased re-opening plan for the state, which will be released on Monday, May 18th.

Staff members are busy planning for the re-opening of the library and preparing to deliver in-person services to the community as soon as possible. At present, we are planning to begin with curbside delivery of library materials from our collection. We will be releasing more information as soon as it becomes available. We need to prepare the interior of the library for fewer patrons in the building at any one time and other social distancing measures.

Library book drops are currently open and available for you to return books at your convenience. All returns are being quarantined for one week before being checked in and re-shelved.

In the meantime, we hope that you continue to find enjoyable and informational electronic offerings from among the many streaming services that the library subscribes to. Please see our website at www.agawamlibrary.org for full details.

Library staff members continue to respond to email, so please email us at: [email protected] with any questions or troubleshooting issues. We are able to resolve most issues quickly, and are happy to help if you experience any difficulties using our electronic resources.

We can’t wait to get started and begin this next phase of library services. We miss our patrons and look forward to seeing you all again very soon! Stay tuned to our social media outlets for daily updates and information. Please contact the Agawam Library with any and all questions regarding library services during the shutdown. We can be reached at [email protected]

Library News as of 5/12/2020

AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

PRESS RELEASE
Date: May 12, 2020

RE: Library Phased Re-Opening

Updates from the Agawam Public Library

The Agawam Public Library will begin to provide a phased re-opening over the coming weeks and months. Library staff will be reporting to work Monday, May 18th. However, the library will remain closed to the public at this time. Our phone system will be operating later during this week. We are working on getting curbside services up and running as soon as possible.

The library book drops near the library’s entrance are open. We expect many returns, so please be mindful not to overfill the drops. If they appear full, or your items do not fit, please do not leave items on the ground as they may get damaged. We request that our patrons only return Agawam items at this time. There is no state-wide delivery and items will not return to their home libraries for several weeks. It is worth noting that our items will be quarantined for one week upon their return. There will be a delay in items coming off your library card record and we ask for your patience. There is no rush to return items as there are still NO OVERDUE FEES accruing during this time. C/W MARS has updated all due dates and all items are due July 1st.

Stay tuned to our social media outlets for daily updates and information. Please contact the Agawam Library with any and all questions regarding library services during the shutdown. We can be reached at [email protected]

Library News as of 4/28/2020; covid-19 educational resources

AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
PRESS RELEASE
Date: April 27, 2020
RE: COVID-19 CLOSURE
Agawam Library Updates

The Agawam Public Library remains closed as a precaution for the COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency. Please note that the library book drops near the library’s entrance will be opened on Monday, May 4th at 9:00 a.m. The drops will be open during limited times only. We expect many returns, so please be mindful not to overfill the drops. If they appear full, or your items do not fit, please do not leave items on the ground as they may get damaged. We request that our patrons only return Agawam items at this time. There is no state-wide delivery and items will not return to their home libraries for several weeks. It is worth noting that our items will be quarantined for one week upon their return. There will be a delay in items coming off your library card record and we ask for your patience. There is no rush to return items as there are still NO OVERDUE FEES accruing during this time. C/W MARS has updated all due dates and all items are due July 1st. Please continue to email [email protected] with any and all questions.

The library would like to remind our patrons that now is a good time to complete your 2020 Census. It is easy to access online with the code that was sent to you home. Visit my2020Census.gov for easy access.

We all have a story to tell during these unprecedented times. Our stories will be history someday. The library has recently launched Quarantine Stories, a digital archive to collect the stories of day-to-day life in Agawam during this COVID-19 Shutdown. The library invites all ages to submit their stories via our website or by email. Stories can include what it’s like to work or homeschool during this time. What are you doing to cope with the isolation? How is your family keeping active? Your stories will likely become part of a future exhibit and be added to the library’s local history collection. Submissions will be accepted through the Quarantine Stories form on our website. There is a separate submission form for children up to 17 years old. We will also accept email submissions: [email protected]

There is still time to enter our student poetry contest. Our Children’s Department is holding a student poetry contest for the month of April. Students in grades 1-12 can submit an original poem to [email protected] (pdf or jpg format is preferred.) Poems cannot be longer than one 8 ½ X 11” page and handwritten or typed poem on white paper. Please be sure all poems have titles and that the poet’s name does not appear anywhere on the poem. Entries will be taken until April 30th, 2020. Poems will be judged based on spelling, grammar, style & presentation, impact and originality. Contest winners will be announced on May 29th, 2020.

Our digital services for academic and entertainment purposes during this shutdown. Although our patrons will not have access to our physical collections, there are many resources available digitally and through our streaming platforms. To ensure access, we have relaxed some of our standard operating procedures so that more people can enjoy our online materials. Please visit https://www.agawamlibrary.org/research/databases-2/ or https://www.agawamlibrary.org/research/ebooks-streaming/ to get started. Simply log in with your Agawam Public Library card number and pin. If you cannot remember, or need to reset your pin, go to: https://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/password_reset.

Most of our streaming services are available as apps for mobile devices. Download from the Apple Apps Store or Google Play Store. Libby has thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. Hoopla is another great source for eBooks, audiobooks, TV, movies, and music. Kanopy is a streaming film service that offers thousands of films, documentaries, and shorts from producers in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, our RBdigital service offers access eBooks, magazines, British TV productions, music concerts & college-level courses! Freegal is also available for downloadable and streaming music with a selection of over 7 million songs. In addition, the library is offering a free trial of medici.tv during the month of April. Medici.tv is a streaming classical music channel with access to concerts, operas, ballets, and documentaries.

Stay tuned to our social media outlets for daily updates and information. Please contact the Agawam Library with any and all questions regarding library services during the shutdown. We can be reached at [email protected]


Gale has offered free access to resources regarding COVID-19. There is information for every grade level.

Click here to take a look.

 

Library News; Digital Services; New Tax Day

Effective March 14th, the Agawam Public Library will be shut down until further notice as a precaution for the COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency. The library will continue to offer digital services during this shutdown. Although our patrons will not have access to our physical collections, there are many resources available digitally and through our streaming platforms. To ensure access, we have relaxed some of our standard operating procedures so that more people can enjoy our online materials.

For more information please click here.

 


Per the IRS “… the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.”

Library News Update

Good morning to our Agawam Community. We hope this morning finds you all well during these uncertain times. Please note that we have made some essential changes to our operations based on the Massachusetts library community best practices.

As of today, our book drop will be locked. Please hang on to your library items until we re-open. There are NO FINES accruing during this time.

Also, our phones are now off. Please direct questions to [email protected].

Thank you & Be Well.

 

Library Closing To The Public Temporarily

Public Notice: The Agawam Public Library will be closed to the public, effective 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th as a preventative measure for COVID-19. We will remain closed until further notice. Library staff will be here and happy to answer questions, renew items and help you access online materials.
Overdue fees will be waived during this period and lending limits will be lengthened.
Please call the library at 413-789-1550 or visit us online at www.agawamlibrary.org.
Thank you for your patience and stay healthy!