Late March/Early April 2020

An update on the current status of the library

As everyone likely knows by now, due to the current situation with COVID-19, starting 3/16/2020 and until further notice, Bancroft Library is closed.

All fines and due dates are suspended. We ask that you please hang on to any library items that you may have at home currently, as we are not checking the book drop.

We encourage patrons to explore our online resources! (More on this below.)

Our Wi-Fi ("Library Wireless") is on 24/7, and is accessible outside the building with no password.

Thanks for your understanding as we all navigate through this uncharted territory.

Special Board Meeting 3-26-2020

The Board of Trustees is planning a special teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:30 PM. This virtual meeting will be held using GoToMeeting. It is a public meeting, and if you plan to attend, you will need to email Susan Getty at for the instructions to listen in. The agenda for this meeting is –> HERE <–

Previous meeting minutes and agendas are available by clicking the Board of Trustees link under the “About Us” category in the menu bar on our web page.

It is very probable that our April monthly meeting (scheduled for April 7, 2020) will also be taking place in a virtual format. We will be sharing the necessary information about the meeting through our website and Facebook.
COVID-19 Information

Everyone is certainly flooded with information about COVID-19, but we want to point you toward some reliable sources of accurate information:

Web resources that are available:

In the current circumstances when a large majority of people are staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus, and kids are doing their learning from home, being able to access information on the internet is important, for learning and for entertainment. Even though libraries are closed, library staff are still working from home and doing our best to try and provide our communities with information and resources. Please see our website and our Facebook page for information we are sharing that is available online for our patrons. 

Below is a listing of a few of the resources that have been shared:
  • OverDrive/Libby app--your source for digital materials (e-books and e-audio books) through our library system. Plus, OverDrive Instant Card is now up and running on the SALON site. The option to sign up for a card to access OverDrive content immediately using a phone number is currently available via the sign in page. Patrons who don't have a library card can sign up for an instant digital card to access OverDrive only. Patrons can also sign up for an instant digital card via the Libby app. (See this link for information on getting started with the Libby app:
  • TumbleBooks are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
  • Please see this page of e-Resources on our library system's web site--all sorts of good places online to visit and utilize!
  • We have a post on our web site, which we will be adding to, listing MANY free resources available online--for all ages. These are links which have been shared on our Facebook page, but we're trying to curate them in one spot for ease-of-access for everyone.

"The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade."

As many of us are at home, it's perhaps a good time to complete your 2020 Census. You can do this online at, by phone, or by mail.

Take good care, all! We look forward to seeing you happy and healthy in the future when this situation has passed! 
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