Washington, DC

From DCPL:

“Starting June 29, DC Library locations will begin expanding service on weekdays as part of Phase Two. In addition to current services including picking up and returning library materials, customers will soon be allowed to enter buildings to pick up books, remote printing and use a limited number of public computers and printers.

To ensure public health and safety of library staff and users, controlled entry will be in place to limit the number of people in the library at one time. Customers must wear a face mask or covering and practice social distancing when visiting the Library. Browsing for books and meeting room reservations are not part of the Phase Two reopening. Reading rooms and outdoor terraces remain closed to the public.

Starting Monday, June 29, the following locations will be open with expanded services from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Read More

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From the DC Public Library:

“Starting today, the Anacostia, Benning, Cleveland Park, Mt. Pleasant, Northeast, Shepherd Park, West End, and Woodridge libraries will offer curbside pick-up and return services on weekdays. Additionally, remote printing, which allows customers to send documents electronically for printing, will be available.

Each location will be open from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The locations will be closed from 2:30-3:00 every day for sanitizing Read More

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From the DC Public Library:

“Library customers will soon be able to borrow and return physical items from the DC Public Library. On May 29, take-out service will be offered at the Anacostia and Cleveland Park libraries as part of Mayor Bowser’s plan to reopen the District.

Because the District’s Public Health Emergency remains in effect, Library service will be restored in phases. This approach allows the Library to ensure the safety of customers and staff and to begin replenishing its physical collection. Read More

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From DCPL:

“Last week, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate all overdue fines during its May board meeting.

The Library acknowledged “overdue fines create barriers to access for the very populations the library works to serve – low-income residents – and are not an effective tool to encourage on-time return of library material” in the document explaining the measure. Read More

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Photo by Colleen Murphy

One reader writes: “Might be a good idea to encourage people to avoid the little free libraries. I know everyone is about to be bored out of their mind and stir crazy but safe is better than sorry!”

Thanks to Colleen for sharing these photos from Mount Pleasant: “wipes available for people nervous to touch the books.”

Is it probably best to avoid these or would wiping the books down be sufficient?

For those who wish to avoid remember what we spoke about yesterday “more than 15 million free online movies, eBooks, music and more from the DC Public Library.”.

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Thanks to Nicole for getting is into the weekend on the good foot. From Woodridge:

“Every year the Lone Book Ranger visits our little free library leaving some free wrapped new books! It is so much fun! Has anyone else seen these?”

Lone Book Ranger’s twitter says:

“Bookslinger fighting for truth, justice, & the book reading way by donating books to Little Free Libraries in DC. Hi ho books, away!”

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