Your Lyons Community Library continues to provide services during these crazy times. Patrons can come into the library to browse or use a computer by appointment—masks are required. Three 45-minute appointments are available at the top of each hour, with a maximum of 10 patrons in the library at any one time; the remaining 15 minutes is used by staff to clean all touched surfaces. Call (303) 823-5165 to make an appointment. Between August 18 and September 18 more than 220 people took advantage of this, and it is getting more popular every week. The library hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In the near future, we will unlock the doors so patrons can enter any time while sticking with a maximum of 10. During this phase of our reopening, patrons are encouraged to “grab and go,” although computers will be available for one 45-minute session per person per day. Once capacity is reached, the staff will enforce a “one-in one-out” policy. Meeting space and gatherings will still not be allowed. Library staff will continue to disinfect commonly touched surfaces at the top of each hour.
Books and DVDs can be checked out online or by calling the library at (303) 823-5165. Curbside pickup is available. Circulation is steadily increasing to around 2,500 titles per month.
You are not limited to what is physically in our library. The regional AspenCat service allows you to check out books from other Colorado regional libraries. They are delivered to Lyons for you to pick up.
In the meantime, your library’s virtual services remain available. Cloud Library (AspenCat eBooks) has thousands of ebooks and eaudio books available for immediate download. Libby/Overdrive (the Across Colorado Digital Consortium) also has ebooks and audio books, plus popular magazines to check out online—149 magazines were checked out by Lyons patrons in August. If you have a library card, you can log in to either of these services, but remember that your password is your last name in all lower-case letters. As I learned, if you capitalize the first letter of your name it won’t work!
On October 1, at 7:00 p.m. the Friends of the Lyons Library is hosting Colorado mystery author Margaret Mizushima as the keynote speaker at their annual meeting. You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy Mizushima’s “Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries” set in the rugged, high Rockies. Sign up to attend the Zoom meeting on the library web site.
It’s not too late to become a member of the Friends of the Library. Someone just told me that they were carrying around their dues check since March! Your donations are needed this year with all the extra expenses due to the COVID-19 precautions being done at the library. Individuals are $10; family is $25, and additional donations are welcome. Go to http://tinyurl.com/LRLfriends or mail in a check to P.O. Box 1493, Lyons 80540, or leave it at the library desk.
Did you know that the Lyons Community Library was selected by the American Libraries magazine as one of the year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries? The library staff and board are looking forward to getting our beautiful new building open again—but we must do it safely. If I can help you in any way, as a Library Board member, please get in touch at email@example.com.