Happy to report that Queen Anne’s County Library announced today that the return-book drops on the outside of the library buildings are now re-opened.

Happy to report that Queen Anne’s County Library announced today that the return-book drops on the outside of the library buildings are now re-opened. And, as a reminder, there are never any late fees at QAC Library, so don’t worry about those books and DVDs that have been sitting in your house for 2 months…. at least! But now’s the time to bring back any that you’ve finished up with.

This is a first step towards a gradual re-opening of services at the library buildings. The leadership of the library has been working diligently to develop a re-opening plan that is aligned with state regulations and county guidance, addresses the most pressing needs of county residents, and respects the health and safety concerns of our amazing library staff. And, the Library will continue to send out updates about each development in the process. They are more anxious than anyone to get things opened again!!

As the Library’s has developed its plans, the Friends of the Library have assured Library leadership that the Friends are available to provide any support needed for helping to make the transitions to Recovery Phases 1, 2, 3, and beyond. We are excited that the staff has already come up with plans to move forward with a Summer Reading Program for 2020–one that will look very different from past years and will reflect the current “safer at home” standard, and the Friends are delighted to be able to fund this program again this year.

We’ve had folks ask about whether the Friends are currently accepting donations of used books: Unfortunately, we are not able to do so at this time, and we don’t know when we’ll be able to resume. If you are looking for somewhere else to donate, you might consider Books for International Goodwill (BIG), a long-term project of Parole Rotary. BIG’s warehouse is currently accepting books, and more information is available at https://big-books.org.

We hope that you are are all staying safe and well, and look forward to being able to share additional news about the Library and Friends programs soon!

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