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A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19 #4

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19

March 16, 2020

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South Brunswick Public Library
Response to COVID-19: Update #4
A Message from the Director

Dear Community Members,

The South Brunswick Public Library is closed to the public until further notice as we take all necessary steps to respond to this evolving pandemic.

The safety and well-being of our community and staff is our utmost priority.

Library staff are available by telephone, email and online chat to assist you with your information needs and provide technical support for our online services. Please see the schedule below.

To obtain a library card for access to our digital resources and collections – please apply online at this link.

Staff Assistance is Available:

Via online chat or telephone at 732-329-4000
Extension 7286 for Information Desk
Extension 7285 for Children’s Department

Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services:

All of our digital services and collections will remain accessible 24/7 within their normal service limits.

As always, digital services are available a number of resources linked below:

Follow this link for a complete list of our databases.

For assistance call the Information Desk at extension 7286 or “chat” with a librarian on our website.

On behalf of Library Administration, the Board of Trustees, and South Brunswick Township we thank you for your continued cooperation, and we look forward to the time where we can have you visit us again.

Due dates for all items are extended through May 15th, 2020.

No overdue fines will accrue throughout the library’s closure.

Our wifi signal extends into our parking lot if needed while the building is closed.

Upcoming virtual events will be announced shortly. Please follow us on Facebook as well for additional updates!

Best regards and please take care to remain healthy and safe,

Chris Carbone, Director
South Brunswick Public Library

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19 #3

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

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South Brunswick Public Library
Response to COVID-19: Update #3
A Message from the Director

Dear Community Members,

The South Brunswick Public Library will be closed to the public as of 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 13th through at least Sunday, March 22nd. At that time we will reassess if we can safely provide public access to our facility. The Mobile Branch will be out of service during this time.

SBPL is taking this step to encourage social distancing in our effort to help protect the community from an outbreak of COVID-19 and do our part in flattening the curve of infection.

We’ve extended all due dates for library materials through April 1st. No overdue fines will accrue through the end of the month. Existing and future item holds will remain active for a period of time after we re- open.

We will take pause this weekend to assess and further plans. Starting Monday, March 16th at 10 a.m., our library staff will be available by telephone, email, and online chat to assist you with your information needs or provide technical support for our online services.

Staff will be accessible virtually between Monday, March 16th, and Sunday, March 22nd, during our normal operating hours of 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. for Friday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. for Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. for Sunday while the building is closed.

Staff can be reached at 732-329-4000 using extension 7286 for the Information Desk, extension 7285 for the Children’s Department, and extension 7290 for library cards and account information. Additional contact information can be found here.

Services:

All of our digital services and collections will remain accessible 24/7 within their normal service limits.

As always, digital services are available a number of resources linked below:

We also offer online tutoring through Brainfuse and provide online access to magazine, newspaper and journal articles for reading and research. Follow this link for a complete list of our databases.

For assistance with digital services call the Information Desk at extension 7286 or “chat” with a librarian on our website.

If you need a library card to access our digital collections call the Borrower Services desk at 732-329-4000 with extension 7290 and a temporary account number will be issued over the phone.

SBPL is a provider of Internet access. Our wifi signal does extend into our parking lot if needed while the building is closed.

We hope to offer some additional virtual services and events later in the week.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and encourage everyone to practice strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control during this pandemic.

We hope you will visit us online at www.sbpl.info or give us a call with your questions until we can once again provide friendly face-to-face service.

Best regards and please take care to remain healthy and safe,

Chris Carbone, Director
South Brunswick Public Library

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19 #2

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

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South Brunswick Public Library
Response to COVID-19: Update #2
A Message from the Director

Dear Community Members,

The South Brunswick Public Library is monitoring the latest developments regarding COVID-19.

Our staff is developing responses guided by federal, state and local health agencies, governments and our community partners. In this period of uncertainty and day to day changes we encourage you to visit our website for updates.

Precautions:

At this time we are open for core services but have canceled all group activities and meetings through April 5th. This is in support of efforts to promote social distancing and discourage community spread of the COVID-19 corona virus.

If you are sick, do not come to the library. We recommend that all visitors educate themselves about the risks of the virus and follow all guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization before visiting the library.

While in the library, we recommend people keep at least six feet apart from one another and avoid personal contact. Extended visits are discouraged.

We request that the public refrain from dropping off book donations until further notice.

Library staff members have been instructed to stay home if they are sick.

Services:

Our collections, computer services and staff assistance are available at this time and the Mobile Branch is operating.

As always, digital services are available a number of resources linked below:

We also offer online tutoring through Brainfuse and provide online access to magazine, newspaper and journal articles for reading and research. Follow this link for a complete list of our databases.

These resources will continue to be available during any potential closure.

During operating hours Library professionals can reached via telephone at 732-329-4000 ext. 7280 and through online chat on our website.

Things to Know:

 The library building is cleaned each day at closing. This cleaning includes wiping down with disinfectant tabletops, keyboards and “high touch” surfaces such as door knobs.

We have temporarily removed toys, crayon baskets and shared kits from the Children’s Department.

Meeting rooms have been closed and group events canceled through April 5th.

We regret we cannot provide hand sanitizer to the public. Hot water and soap are available in restrooms for frequent hand-washing, which is recommended.

We have a limited supply of disinfecting wipes available at the public desks for sanitizing public computers.

Library materials are generally not cleaned when they are returned to the library or after they are used in the building unless they show visible signs of damage, such as a stain. We do not have sufficient resources to effectively clean the tens of thousands of items returned each month.

Looking Ahead:

The library is open 61 hours per week and more than 350 days a year. Recognizing the central role of the library in the community, it is always our intention to remain open as many hours as we can safely be of service. That said, we are planning for sudden and unexpected closures that are in the best interest of the health of the community.

During any such closure our digital resources will be available. Remote staff assistance may be available depending on the nature of the closure. Details will be announced should any type of closure occur.

We continue to rely on information provided by local health and government authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We recommend that members of the public use the CDC website as their primary source of information for understanding and preventing the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you for your understanding. Please take appropriate precautions to keep yourself and our community healthy and safe.

Best regards and please take care to remain healthy and safe,

Chris Carbone, Director
South Brunswick Public Library

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19 #1

A Message from the Director – Response to COVID-19

March 11, 2020

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South Brunswick Public Library
Response to COVID-19: Update #1
A Message from the Director

Dear Community Members,

As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, the South Brunswick Public Library is taking necessary and precautionary steps to respond to this ever-changing situation.

SBPL is committed to the safety of our guests and staff and we are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and numerous guidelines from the CDC, state and local public health agencies.

As a highly used community space, the library is a hub for residents to gather, borrow materials and participate in public events. It is our hope to maintain our services and offerings while minimizing any public risk.

We do wish to remind everyone of our many digital services available 24/7 with your library card. We encourage you to explore and use them as much as possible during this time.

SBPL provides electronic access to a number of materials through our website www.sbpl.info that can be accessed through the links below:

We also offer online tutoring through Brainfuse and provide online access to magazine, newspaper and journal articles for reading and research. Follow this link for a complete list of our databases.

Our new Mobile Branch is on the road and may be in your neighborhood. Information on this service and schedule can be found here.

SBPL also encourages everyone to review and follow the guidance and information provided by the New Jersey Department of Health concerning the COVID-2019 virus. Most importantly, we encourage library users and staff to follow recommendations for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing and to please stay home if sick.

SBPL is taking the following precautions:

  • Posting signage from the CDC regarding handwashing, reducing the spread of germs, and factsheets about COVID-19
  • Ensuring that hot water and soap are available in restrooms
  • Performing extra sanitizing of “high touch” surfaces such as computer keyboards and door handles
  • Temporary removal of puzzles, toys and kits from the Children’s Department
  • Postponing large-scale events such as Maker’s Day and canceling food handling programs for now

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and cooperation as we navigate day by day through this evolving landscape. We will provide updates through our website, email and social media should anything change.

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 coronavirus visit: www.sbpl.info/covid-19/

Best regards and please take care to remain healthy and safe,

Chris Carbone, Director
South Brunswick Public Library

Friends Afternoon Members Tea

On March 8 at 2 p.m. the Friends of SBPL will sweeten new and renewed “Friend-berships” with its annual Friends-only Membership Tea event. Members are served teas from around the world, a variety of tasty finger foods, and a live entertainment presentation. This year the Friends will host Judith Krall-Russo who will present Ireland: Tea, Food & Folklore. Members should RSVP to Chris Carbone at 732-329-4000, ext. 7287 or

Become a Friend of SBPL for as little as $15 for the year. Enjoy the annual Tea, Museum Pass privileges, and more. All Friends membership categories offer a variety of gifts and incentives. The greater the Friendship; the bigger the rewards. To learn more about being a Friend of SBPL, or to join now.  Memberships can also be purchased in the Library at the Borrower Services Desk. Credit card/PayPal purchases must be made online.

Carolyn McCallum

Carolyn McCollum
  • Carolyn McCallum was the first woman mayor of South Brunswick
  • McCallum has been a resident of South Brunswick since 1959
  • Served on the South Brunswick Board of Education from 1962-1969
  • President of the Middlesex County School Board Association
  • Vice President of Middlesex County of Economic Opportunity
  • In 1974 the South Brunswick Jaycees selected Ms. McCallum as “Outstanding Citizen”
    “I have such a commitment to this town.  I love it.”

    Carolyn McCallum after her first day as mayor of South Brunswick
    Central Post January 1978

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Love Them & Read Them Book Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will host its annual Love Them & Read Them book sale in February.

  • The Preview Sale will be on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
  • The Public Sale will be:
    • Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Bag Sale on Sunday $5, bag included.

The Friends host a library-wide Book Sale three times a year: February, June and October. There is an ongoing sale in the aisle next to the Borrower Services Desk. Funds raised by the Friends book sales help to support Library classes, events, and workshops for all ages, interests, and abilities. All donations are tax-deductible.

Edith King

Edith King
  • Edith King (1896-1973) was an American stage and film actress
  • Her acting career spanned the years 1916-1964
  • King lived in Kendall Park, New Jersey, in the early 1960s where she owned a small gift shop while continuing her acting career
  • Edith King performed in 34 Broadway plays, most notably “Wildcat” in which she co-starred with Lucille Ball in 1960-61
  • King was also in popular television shows such as “Follow that Man” in the late 1940s and Sergeant Bilko in the 1950s
  • Blaze of Noon, Calcutta, and Belle Starr’s Daughter are among a few of Edith King’s movies