Library Building in Phase 3: Face-Coverings Requested; Limited Capacity, Public Areas Return
Online programming, content, and access continue. Contactless delivery remains an option.
The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield moves to Phase III in its reopening plan with modifications to remove borrowing limits and to allow access to public seating and restrooms at a limited capacity. Our phased reopening is designed to keep borrowing and computer access available to patrons while keeping staff and patrons safer. The library building is open its regular hours.
While the building is open to the public, contactless delivery becomes a permanent option among the library's services. Patrons may place holds on physical materials online using the library’s catalog, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 517-486-2858. The items will be checked out to the requesting patron and placed in the library vestibule for a 24-hour window to be picked up during the library’s regular hours.
We are excited to welcome more patrons back into the building, but we will ask that you continue to follow a few required and necessary safety protocols so that we may offer services safely for both patrons and staff. These considerations will allow us to move unimpeded toward more regular library usage:
1. Please wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth for the entire time you are in the building. The library serves a high-risk population including both adults and children who cannot be vaccinated.
2. Please do not come to the library if you have had a fever or any symptoms of Covid-19 within 24 hours of your library visit.
The library’s online services, including new account applications, and online programming, including Blissfield Unbound and StoryTime, remain available, as always, on the library website, blissfieldlibrary.org, and Facebook page, The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library.
Fines remain suspended for the time being, but we encourage you to return items promptly so that other patrons may have access to them.
The library continues to base its policies on recommendations from doctors, including the state and county health departments and the CDC, as well as--but not limited to--the adherence to any government guidelines. As the library serves a high-risk population, including people who cannot receive a vaccine, patrons may expect the library's policies to respond to its own particular situation. We ask for your cooperation as this moment is new to all of us.
The online library at blissfieldlibrary.org offers an impressive collection of downloadable media: books, audiobooks, local and international newspapers, magazines, movies, television, and music. Study a foreign language, research your family tree, or find your high school yearbook. You can also apply for a library account from the website.
Our online programming includes some great opportunities, including Blissfield Unbound programming for adults and families featuring local experts and performers; StoryTime, Take & Make Crafts, and monthly reading challenges for the kids, as well as the return of Taste the State in hybrid format.
Register for new library cards online. The button is at the top of your screen. You will be able to use online services as soon as we process the account, even before you get the card or even if you never get a card. Non-residents pay a non-resident fee: $15 for three months or $50 for a full year. You may pay the non-resident fee by credit card online at blissfieldlibrary.org under the "About SHML" tab.
Free with your library card or new UN-CARD:
Find new content at the Media on Demand tab from Infobase and Kanopy, along with all the existing content from Woodlands Downloadable Library (OverDrive/Libby), Freegal music, and Hoopla. At the Reference/Instruction tab, find links to local, national, and international newspapers at Access World News, learn a foreign language at Mango Languages, and research your family tree at America's Genealogy Bank and Ancestry.com, usualy and in-library service that just extended its remote access offer to September 30, 2021.
Find streaming programming including StoryTime, now sponsored by Blissfield State Bank and Iott Insurance Agency, Blissfield Unbound: Online Programs from the Library, sponsored by Brown & Son's Roofing & Siding and D&N Upholstery, and Taste the State, sponsored by Chris Mallow, DDS, and Blissfield Insurance Agency, which will feature hybrid events with an online program coupled with actual tasting samples that will be picked up from local businesses. Search @blisslibrary on Facebook. A program schedule is available on the Facebook page and in the Blissfield Advance.
The library public wifi network, shmlguest, is available outside the library. The name of the network and its password are the same. The library rencently completed a grant-funded project to extend the range of our public wifi.
Contact the library at email@example.com, by calling 517-486-2858, or by leaving a message or post on our Facebook page.
Stay safe. Stay well.
See our full re-opening policy here. See our reopening plan and procedure as it develops here.
June 8, 2020: Entered Phase One
June 17, 2020: Entered Phase Two
November 14, 2020: Re-entered Phase One
January 25, 2021: Entered Modified Phase One, allowing individual appointments for in-library patron access.
May 3, 2021: Entered Modified Phase One, allowing individuals, household-groups and persons with caregivers.
May 17: Entered Phase Three, removing appointment requirments, item quarantines, and borrowing limits and opening public spaces.
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