May 21, 2020HILL – Hill Librarian Lynn Christopher said that she and her library's board of directors were pleased to reopen their curbside book pick-ups for patrons of the library last week after their services were shut down in mid-March.
"We're a small library and it's frustrating that we don't have an online catalog, but all of our offerings are available online at the NHAIS, a service of the New Hampshire State Library, so we're happy to be able to bring books back to our community," said Christopher. "This is something instead of nothing right now. A lot of our patrons don't want to deal with electronic books. They want the real thing and we're glad we can now provide that again."
To aid in their selections, Christopher said people can log on to NHAIS.agshareit.com where they will see what books available throughout the state. Unfortunately, the state's library sharing program is not in operation right now, but patrons can also search for a book they're interested in, then click a tab to see if that book is available at Hill Public Library.
The books requested from Hill Public Library are then gathered, placed in a bag and left outdoors for a designated pick-up time. For returns of those reading materials patrons can then leave them in the outdoor drop box.
"We ask that they put them in the box, but not in a bag. We then quarantine those books before putting them back in circulation," said Christopher.
While the library is still closed and no one can peruse the shelves in search of a book that catches their eye, Hill library is reaching out to assist their patrons in these unusual times, beyond the services of the state library's Web site.
"People can still call or email me with a request for a book they're looking for, or if they tell me what they're interested in, I'll make recommendations for what we have available," she said.
Emails and phone messages for those requests can be left at any time, while book pick-up times at Hill Public Library are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.