Gilman Library response to COVID-19

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Library Closed But Services Available

The Gilman Library is closed until further notice. We are sorry for your inconvenience and wish you to remain safe and healthy. To that end, the Gilman Library Staff will be available to respond to emails or text, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to answer any questions, and to provide web-based services assistance.


The Town of Alton Emergency Management and Response Team has announced that "In the interest of public safety, the Town has decided to close all public buildings to pedestrian traffic and suspend all nonessential programs, board meetings, and town gatherings."


All due dates for items checked out are extended until the library re-opens. All library materials should be kept by patrons until the library re-opens. Our book drop is closed. Visit our website gilmanlibrary.org, for more information.


Gabbie℠ Text-a-Librarian

Patrons can correspond via Text to the Library Staff.   Visit our website for more info. Library Staff will receive your texts and respond during the hours stated. You will receive this response to your text:


"Your message has been received. In response to COVID-19, the library is closed until further notice. The Gilman Library Staff will be available to respond to email or text, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday."


We invite you  to continue or begin the use of our web-based and digital services.  Please note that the New Hampshire State Library has also suspended all  Interlibrary loan van delivery service until further notice. All items currently checked out and circulating  now have extended due dates and will be renewed until we  reopen. PLEASE KEEP YOUR ITEMS UNTIL WE RE-OPEN. Please know that all  members of the Gilman Library Staff miss you, our patrons, and we and  the Gilman Library Board of Trustees, wish you good health.  The Library is closed, but you can use our online services.  Take care!

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Gabbie℠ Text-a-Librarian SMS text: 603-267-4302

Gabbie℠ Text-a-Librarian SMS text:  603-267-4302


Patrons can correspond via Text to the Library Staff.  Send a question to be answered during the hours stated. This is much more reliable than email. Visit our website for more info. 


You will receive this response to your text.  


"Your message has been received. In response to COVID-19, the library is closed until further notice. The Gilman Library Staff will be available to respond to email or text, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday."

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Statement from the NHLA Executive Board. March 18, 2020

The  New Hampshire Library Association wants to commend the libraries and  local officials who have made the very hard decision to close their  doors to the public and at the same time, encourage others to take  action. 

NHLA  calls on all public libraries to close their doors in alignment with  their Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #1 Pursuant to Executive Order  2020-04 to transition all K-12 public schools to remote learning through  April 3, 2020 and Executive Order 2020-04 declaring a state of  emergency in NH. We stand in complete support of the libraries and local  officials who have already done so.

We  are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty as we face this  worldwide pandemic together. We all must do our part to minimize the  spread of COVID-19 in our communities. It is now best for us to stay  home.

As  the Center for Disease Control is now recommending that the best way to  slow the spread of the virus is to engage in work from home whenever  possible, avoid gatherings, and avoid discretionary travel, we urge the  immediate closing of all of our public, school, and academic libraries  in New Hampshire and recommend that they remain closed to the public  until medical professionals, the World Health Organization, and The  Center for Disease Control deem it prudent to re-open and resume regular  services.

We  encourage library administration and Boards of Trustees to pay full  wages and benefits including health coverage to library staff while  libraries are closed.

This  is a challenging time for us, the nation, and the world as we respond  to novel coronavirus and the uncertainty surrounding it. NHLA will do  our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving and fluid situation and  to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change.

The American Library Association has put together Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries

Be safe, stay well. Let us know how we can help.

New Hampshire Library Executive Board

 Amy Lappin
Deputy Director
Lebanon Public Libraries
Lebanon, NH 03766
603-448-2459
 

NH Library Association President, 2020
ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2020-2022 

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