Anythink branches to begin offering curb service

Library system hopes to reopen doors July 1

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/3/20

Anythink’s Library patrons can now pick up books at the curb as the library district looks to open their doors July 1. Library Director Pam Sandlian-Smith said the library’s branches planned to …

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Anythink branches to begin offering curb service

Library system hopes to reopen doors July 1

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Anythink’s Library patrons can now pick up books at the curb as the library district looks to open their doors July 1.

Library Director Pam Sandlian-Smith said the library’s branches planned to begin curbside delivery June 1. Library patrons can go on to Anythink’s website, www.anythinklibraries.org, to browse books and DVDs.

“They’ll have to place a hold on their books from home, and then they can pick up their holds curbside, just like everybody has been doing with restaurants,“ Sandlian-Smith said. “Then can drive to their local branch and pick their books up. We can’t let them in the building yet, but they can drive up and get them.“

People will call a number when the get to their branch to have their books brought outside.

“People are really ready to get back to the library,“ she said. “We have offered to mail books to them, but they told us they really want to come back to the library.“

Sandlian-Smith said the library systems staff has been back at work at each of the branches since mid-May, organizing the books in stock and the computer patrons records. She said the library system has list of 4,000 books on hold dating back before the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders were issued. Her staff has been contacting those patrons with books on hold, asking them if they still want to them.

“Part of our staff has been working to get the curbside delivery ready,“ she said. “And then we have whole teams working on the next phase, which will be limited opening, some services and the numbers of people allowed in.“

She said curbside services will continue through June, with a tentative opening with restrictions in place set for July 1. Each of Anythink’s seven branches will have their own limits on how many people can come in at a time.

“It depends on the square-footage in each branch,“ she said. “For example, the Wright Farms branch is about 35,000 square feet of public space, roughly. Right now, our calculations say we can allow about 100 people in a time. The smaller branches, like Commerce City and Perl Mack, we are looking at numbers like 25 to 35 people at at time.“

Event schedules

Sandlian-Smith said she does not know when the library system’s summer events will return. Those have included popular summer concert series, education programs for toddlers, teens and adults and lecture series. All have been cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Perhaps we can have some outdoor activities at some of our branches, because we are well known for being an indoor/outdoor space,“ she said. “I don’t know how we would do it, but we have teams working on it.“

That includes the visit from the herd of goats, a popular events at all for the library system’s branches.

“We did have them booked, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen this year or not,“ she said. “It might have to be a virtual goat experience.“

The library has been focusing on virtual programs, she said. The library system debuted Anythink Everywhere in April, with live programs streamed via Anythink’s Facebook and Youtube pages and other social media sites. Anythink also has a Wednesday-through-Saturday call-in line, 720 322-9199, where residents can talk to Anythink staff for recommendations about books, music, movies and talk about other library resources. That line is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library’s mySummer reading program is also ready to launch on June 15. Residents that sign up for that program will be mailed a notebook full of summer activity ideas.

“The mySummer program is all about planning your summer anyway —what do you want to ready, what do you want it think, what do you want to do,“ she said. “We have weekly suggestions about what they can do in their neighborhood or how they can invent a game of their own. All those kinds of things.“

Residents can register for that program at https://www.anythinklibraries.org/mysummer/2020, she said.

Anythink serves the residents of Adams County with seven library branches.

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