Dear Library Lovers,
As of March 1, 2022 masks are recommended but not required.
The Burnham Library’s decision was determined by the recent Region 12 Board of Education approval that allows the superintendent to permit mask choice while reserving the right to require masks in the future if health conditions deteriorate. Pending no spike in COVID infections, as of March 1st, masks are optional but are appreciated.
As we provide services for all ages, we request that you continue to be mindful of certain protocols to protect everyone in our community.
- Please do not enter the building if you have been exposed to someone who has, or is suspected of having COVID or not feeling well, or if you are feeling ill.
- Please practice social distancing.
- Use sanitizers placed throughout the building.
- The Susie Beris, MD Youth Learning Center is open and the train table and select toys are available for play!
- There is limited public computer access to promote social distancing.
- Multiple distanced work areas are available; ask for locations at the circulation desk.
- Onsite programming has resumed for all ages — masks are optional or per the presenter’s preference.
- After-hour meeting space reservations have resumed.
- Visit our Events page for a calendar of programming for all ages.
- In-person Tech Tutoring has resumed. Email email@example.com for an appointment.
Virtual Services and Curbside Pick-up
- Need a library card? Apply ONLINE!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parents and Caregivers let us do the browsing for you! Request a themed book-bundle bag by emailing your request at email@example.com
- Be our Guest! Public WIFI is available 24/7.
Book Drop, Returns, and Book Donations:
- The indoor book drop has reopened AND 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.
- Please call the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss book donations.
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
CDC COVID-19 Community Levels – a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
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.
The National Institute For Health
CT Governor Ned Lamont’s Emergency Orders
Confirmed Cases in Connecticut
CDC’s Recommendations For Cleaning and Disinfecting
CDC’s Guidelines for Schools Workplaces and Community Gatherings
EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
Executive Order on Preventing Hoarding and Medical Resources
First Draft Coronavirus Resources
Google Fact Check Tools for COVID-19
John Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Map and Dashboard
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
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
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
World Health Organization (WHO)