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Greetings from the Bookmobile

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By Katy Farrell, Mobile Services Manager, GCPL

Greetings from the Bookmobile

The staff at the library are working hard behind the scenes to figure out how best to serve our patrons during this unprecedented situation. We are fielding reference calls at 440-286-6811 (extension 7), signing young patrons up for the Imagination Library program, giving 100 Book Challenge quizzes online, and posting storytimes to keep children engaged. While we are lucky to continue to provide limited services, nothing compares to seeing our patrons every day on the Bookmobile. 

We are currently developing procedures that allow us to resume serving patrons as soon as we are able. It’s likely that the Bookmobile will be a little different when we come back – for instance, we may not be able to check-in materials right away. We are committed to providing the items you want, however, and are taking steps to figure out how best to do that. 

For those of you who had items on hold before we closed, those are still sitting on the shelves in our office. We will continue to hold those items until we see you next. When we do see you, we want those visits to be as helpful as possible! To ensure that, we are enacting temporary procedures to collect patron holds. 

You can leave a message for Mobile Services Manager Katy Farrell at 440-632-9496, extension 2582 for items you wish to receive when the library reopens. In the message, please be sure to leave your library card number, phone number or address. After that, provide as much information as you can about the item(s) you would like. We will keep these options in place until we can start collecting holds in person. 

Rest assured that we will contact our patrons before heading out to the stops when we reopen. You will receive a call from one of us in Mobile Services to let you know that you have a hold available and when we will be at your stop. 

Until then, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy. We can’t wait to see you again!

At the library, the Mobile Services team is reflecting on another wonderful year, thankful for all the patrons who have visited the Bookmobile. We are lucky to have such a wonderful group of people who work together to serve your needs. In our office, the clerks stock and clean the bus, and help keep things in order. Our drivers bring the bookmobile to you and, behind the scenes, also put items on hold to bring you the books you request. Our team in Facilities helps keep the bus running with regular inspections and maintenance. And we would not be here without our patrons, who decorated the bus with their beautiful colored ornaments this month!

In addition to the holidays, the library is preparing for Winter Reading running Dec. 22 – Feb. 23. Children and teens will receive an entry into prize drawings for every five items they check out during this time. Adults will enter a separate drawing after reading three books in specific categories, such as a graphic novel or a book published the year you were born. Prize slips for children and bookmarks for adults will be available on the Bookmobile the week of Dec. 8. Hopefully, this fun challenge will inspire everyone to keep reading while the weather outside is frightful.

The Bookmobile is one month into our new winter schedule – thank you to all of our patrons who continue to brave the wind, snow, and ice to come and see us! We do everything we can to continue to serve our patrons while the weather is unpredictable. If we need to cancel a stop because of the weather, library staff will call the patrons listed at the stop to let them know. We try to give as much notice as possible.

A very special thank you to those patrons who host the bookmobile at their homes and businesses throughout the year. We appreciate the extra effort you put in to make sure that our staff and patrons are safe during the winter.

From all of us at Geauga County Public Library, have a wonderful holiday season!

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