An Update From Director Paula Miller
May 18, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library
Dear Customers of Baltimore County Public Library,
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy and that you have been taking advantage of the many digital resources offered through Baltimore County Public Library, including our virtual programs via Facebook and YouTube.
Our staff continues to work remotely to provide virtual materials and services that help you explore, learn, create and connect. In addition to our digital resources and virtual programming, you can connect with librarians via online chat or by calling a branch (except for Reisterstown and Loch Raven right now) and leaving a message. All calls are returned within 24 to 48 hours. Our blog is regularly updated with COVID-19 resources along with information about unemployment insurance, job opportunities and free meal locations. Speaking of free meal locations, our bookmobiles are providing free WiFi at several meal distribution locations in the County. In addition, you can also access the internet via the free WiFi available in our branch parking lots.
As conversations have turned this week toward potential reopenings, we wanted to share a library update with you. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski noted at a news conference Thursday: “Jurisdictions like Baltimore County must do what’s in the best interest of our communities with the health and safety of our residents at the top of that list. After examining the available data and consulting with our public health team, it’s clear that we are not yet in a position to safely move toward a significant reopening.”
We agree. While we are looking forward to a future when we can again see and serve you in person, we want that process to be safe and secure. We already have a dedicated team of staff planning the return to our physical spaces, including all of the precautionary measures that need to be in place. Though that date is still uncertain, we know it will consist of a multiphased approach that prioritizes health and safety for both you and our staff. Guidance from the state, Baltimore County and health officials will help to shape those future plans.
Regardless of whether our branches are open or closed, you have our commitment and dedication to bring you resources and assistance that make your lives more comfortable, more productive and more fulfilling during this time. Please continue to “B at Home” with Baltimore County Public Library and take advantage of all the library has to offer.
We look forward to welcoming you back into our branches. Until then…be safe, be well and be healthy.