Dear Library Lovers,
The Burnham Library has reopened to the public as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
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 we continue to reintroduce library services that were paused or modified due to Covid-19, please be mindful of the following:
- As of November 24, 2020 library hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be reduced by one hour: 9:00 – 5:00 (reduced one hour).
- In order to protect our littlest library lovers, we ask that all visitors and staff wear face coverings while in the public space.
- If you are unable to wear a mask, Curbside Pick-up is available.
- Work and study space use is now unlimited.
- Lounge seating and study tables are open, first come first served.
- Computer usage is limited to 30 minutes (unless another patron is waiting).
- We welcome children to the building for browsing and borrowing.
- Masks are required for adults and children 3 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.
- The train table has reopened! Trains and tracks are sanitized between each use.
- The use of hand sanitizer is requested before handling library materials.
- Restrooms are open to the public.
Book Drop, Returns, and Book Donations:
- The indoor book drop has reopened. The outdoor book drop will remain open 24/7.
- The outdoor book drop will be checked at opening each day. Items will be discharged and backdated from a patron account when removed from the outdoor book drop.
- Materials will be sanitized and reshelved within 24 hours.
- 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:
- Onsite programming has resumed (with restrictions) for adults and children and/or will take place via Zoom or Facebook LIVE.
- After-hour meeting space reservations have resumed with restrictions. Email or call the library for details.
- Visit our Events page for a calendar of virtual programming available for all ages.
- In-person Tech Tutoring has resumed.
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
- Be our Guest! 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.
NIH – News in Health – Face masks and COVID-19
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
US.GOV – What to expect from passports and international travel