I’ve been following the flooding situation in Pennsylvania and looking for examples of libraries reaching out to their patrons. Christine Porter, director of the Middletown Public Library, has been using the library’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, to keep library patrons informed of library cleanup efforts and the availability of online services. Here’s some text from their home page:
The library will be closed Saturday September 10th due to flooding on our main floor. We are working on getting this cleaned up and thank all of the volunteers that have been coming in to help!
You can return items to our outside bookdrop or click on “Your Account” above to renew items. You may see a notice regarding our security certificate when you access your account. This is due to server issues we are currently experiencing. Please be assured that the site is safe to use.
Items not accepted in our bookdrop that are due this week will be given a grace period with no fines due. If you have any questions, or have trouble renewing items, feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to do research and can’t get into the library, we encourage you to try our new EBSCO online resources by clicking EBSCO Host above. You will be amazed at what you will find!
Is flooding keeping you from getting your favorite books? Did you know that if you have a library card, you can now download e-books, as well as audiobooks, right from our website? Click on the Overdrive link and get started today! And KIDS: try our Tumblebooks E-Books!