Library Building Returns to Phase One: Vestibule Lending Only.

Online programming, content, and access continue.

We have been experiencing trouble with the village's new phone system and calls are often choppy or hard to hear (it's not you - it's us!). Please bear with us as we work out these issues!

 

As of Saturday, November 14, 2020, and until further notice, the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield will be rolling back to Phase I in its reopening plan in response to rising positive case rates in Lenawee County. Since the library serves a high-risk population, this rollback allows the library to keep borrowing available to patrons while keeping staff and patrons safer.  In Phase I, the library building, other than the vestibule, is closed to the public. Staff will be available by telephone and email during the library’s regular hours. 

Patrons may place holds on physical materials online using the library’s catalog, by email to info@blissfieldlibrary.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.  The current limit of five items per patron continues to apply.  Other than borrowing, all other in-building services are unavailable in Phase I. 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.

Please return all items to the book drop NOT the vestibule. All returned items are quarantined for four days, so we try to keep returning items separate from items going out.  While fines remain suspended for the time being, we encourage you to returrn items promptly so that other patrons may have access to them after the items have completed quarantine.

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, 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 this fall, including seven weeks of 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: the program is virtual, but the beer is real!

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 RBDigital 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. 

Find streaming programming including StoryTime, featuring our own Dixie Andres,  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, SHML_Public, is available outside the library and requires no log-in.  We are working on a plan to extend the range of our public wifi, as well.

Contact the library at info@blissfieldlibrary.org, 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.

Re-opening history:

June 8, 2020: Entered Phase One

June 17, 2020: Entered Phase Two

November 14, 2020: Re-entered Phase One

Reopening Phase Chart

 

 

Library programs, projects, and possibilities!

 

The Latest from the Library's Facebook page (@blisslibrary):

Blissfield Unbound: Online Programs from the Library, StoryTime with Miss Dixie, and more!

Did you know?

The password you set up when you got your library card is what you use to access online services when the service asks for a PIN. We can reset your PIN to the default if you've forgotten it. We cannot retrieve your password. Sometimes, depending on the service, it's a two-step process. Step One: you will use your library card number (the barcode on the back) and possibly your PIN (password) to unlock access to registration for the service. Then, Step Two, you sign up for the service with a login or username (often an email) and a password you create. If you have any questions, have forgotten your password, or are getting messages about access denial, send an email to info@blissfieldlibrary.org. Or message us on FB or call 517-486-2858 and leave a message.