Updated 05/1/2021 items are in bold.
Dear Library Lovers,
The Burnham Library has reopened to the public as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Although the governor has lifted most restrictions on CT businesses and venues beginning on May 1, 2020, the following modified library services, established guidelines, and protocols will remain in effect for the time being. Safe-distancing protocol remains in effect. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees while in public spaces. Curbside Pick-up remains in service, and please take advantage of our Digital Branch for all things streaming!
During this gradual reopening phase, the library is open under the following conditions and are subject to change as per Governor Lamont’s Reopening CT plan as well as best practices and recommendations from the State of CT, Connecticut State Library (CSL) ALA, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
- As of November 24, 2020 library hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be reduced by one hour: 9:00 – 5:00 (reduced one hour).
- All visitors and employees are required to wear face coverings while in the public area.
- If you are unable to wear a mask, curbside pick-up is available.
- Building occupancy is limited. Staff will monitor capacity.
- Visitors will be limited to 1 hour inside the library (extended visits may be approved by appointment only)
- Lounge seating and study tables are open, first come first served.
- Computer usage is limited to 1 hour per day per patron.
- As of July 7, 2020, children are permitted to return to the building for browsing and borrowing.
- Masks are required for children 2 and older.
- The dramatic play areas, located in The Susan Beris, MD Youth Learning Center, remain closed.
- Makerspace and LEGO Bricks are not available until further notice.
- Train table and ‘Tops are back!
- The use of hand sanitizer is requested before handling library materials.
- Restrooms are now open to the public.
Book Drop, Returns, and Book Donations:
- The outside book drop is available 24/7 and will be checked at opening each day.
- All library materials must be returned via the outside book drop.
- Materials will be sanitized and reshelved within 24 hours.
- Returned items will be discharged from a patron account on the day items are removed from the book drop.
- Overdue fines have resumed as of October 1, 2020.
- We are NOT accepting any book donations until further notice.
Library Programs and Meeting Space Reservations:
- As of June 19, 2021, onsite programming will resume (with restrictions) for adults and children and/or will take place via Zoom or Facebook LIVE.
- As of July 1, 2021, meeting space usage will resume with restrictions.
- Visit our Events page for a calendar of virtual programming available for all ages.
- In-person Tech Tutoring will resume by appointment only. Email Chris to schedule an appointment.
Virtual Services and Curbside Pick-up
- Please take advantage of our Digital Branch which offers Bridgewater residents downloadable digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudio, streaming videos, and more. All you need is a valid library card.
- Contactless Curbside Pick-up is still available! Request items and schedule a pick-up via our library catalog, by phone, or by email.
- Parents and Caregivers let us do the browsing for you! Request a themed book-bundle bag by emailing your request at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public WIFI is available 24/7.
Jean Kallay, Library Director email@example.com
Chris Fisher, Assistant Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Kallay, Library Director
Chris Fisher, Assistant Director
We ask you to follow the recommendations of the CDC, which include washing your hands frequently. For more information, you can read the below links.
Let’s Talk Vaccines!
VaccineFinder – VaccineFinder is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations. We work with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services.
Dr. B The Standby List for COVID-19 Vaccine – Dr. B can connect you with local providers with extra doses using a standby system.
About the Three COVID-19 Vaccines – From the Public Health Communication Collaborative. Downloadable graphics and messaging that describe the available COVID-19 vaccines, emphasizing the safety and effectiveness of all vaccines the FDA has approved.
Why Get It, And What Happens Next – From the Public Health Communication Collaborative Downloadable graphics to promote factual information about the COVID vaccines. The first graphic explains why it’s important to be vaccinated and focuses on safety, and the second explains what people should do after getting vaccinated.
The Conversation: Between Us, About Us – is a campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines from KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID (BCAC).
COVID-19 Informational Resources
CT COVID-19 Response Page – Phases and eligibility for vaccine distribution.
Bridgewater Town Hall – updated information from our First Selectman, TOPS program and more …
COVID Act Now – Gathers and presents data from a number of reputable sources for US states and counties, using color graphics and simplified language.
PBS Parents – How you and your kids can distress during Coronavirus
Quarantine vs Isolation as defined by the CDC
TaskandPurpose.com – Veterans benefits and financial help during COVID19
US Small Business Administration – Small business guidance and loan resources