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Apr 17

Library Covid-19 Update 04-14-20

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 7:27 PM by Lindsey Kult

The updates will be listed chronologically with most recent first. 

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A Message from the Director
COVOID-19 Update, Tuesday, April 14 @ 4:15 PM

As I write this update, I’m reflecting on the events of the past few weeks. It has now been just a little under one month since we closed the library doors to the public. While our physical building is closed, our staff is working diligently from their homes to provide virtual programs, assistance with accessing our digital collection, digital library cards, planning for summer reading 2020 and much more. Our team misses seeing all of you and eagerly anticipates the day when our doors can open again.

In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s executive order to shelter-in-place, Howard Miller Library and Community Center will remain closed through April 30, 2020. In addition, staff will not be working in the library building at this time and are unable to accept library material returns. We ask that you hold on to any items you currently have at home. You will not be charged any overdue fines and all materials are now due on Monday, May 11, 2020.

The HMPL staff is planning for the day when we can resume operations that more closely resemble what we once enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that our values of People First-Access Always are at the core of everything we do. There is no doubt our “new normal” will not be the same as before, but our commitment to serving the Zeeland community is unwavering.
I invite you all to engage digitally with one another and with our virtual resources. There are many opportunities to explore new and exciting things. Don’t have a library card? Click on the “Digital Library Card” icon on our web page at www.hmpl.org for more details. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at hwood-gramza@cityofzeeland.com.
Wishing all of you health and well-being during this difficult time. You may not be able to see our HMPL team, but we are here and committed to serving you—now and always. 

Wishing you wellness and safety,

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center



COVID-19 Update, Monday, March 23 @ 5:30 pm

In accordance with Governor Whitmer's executive order to shelter-in-place, Howard Miller Library and Community Center will remain closed through April 13, 2020. In addition, staff will not be working in the library building at this time and are unable to accept library material returns. We ask that you hold on to any items you currently have at home. You will not be charged any overdue fines and all materials are now due on Monday, April 20, 2020.

I have included a photo of one of our hard working staff members holding a book that was just returned today. We think it provided a moment of levity in these challenging times and we hope it brings a smile to your face as well.

We look forward to the day when we can see all of you face-to-face. Until then, please take care of yourselves and keep watching our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as our website for virtual programming and learning opportunities.

Wishing you wellness and safety,

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center



A Message from the Library Director:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (5:00 pm)

Due to growing concerns for the health and well-being of library staff, Howard Miller Library has discontinued its curbside holds pick-up service. Health officials continue to stress the importance of social distancing and it is increasingly difficult to adhere to these guidelines while maintaining curbside service.

COVID-19 is profoundly changing our lives at the moment, but our library staff is continuously seeking ways to engage with the community while protecting everyone's health. Be sure to explore the following opportunities:

-Library staff will be available via phone, email and social media Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm to direct you to the informational resources you need and to assist with downloading materials from our digital collection.

-We will be featuring a "Daily Inspiration" to share information on virtual field trips, stories read by well-loved authors, database scavenger hunts and more.

-Beginning Friday, March 20 at 1:00 pm, we will feature a few chapters each weekday from the classic story, Peter Pan.

-Get your building blocks out and join in the weekly challenge each Monday. Upload your creations and share your building skills with others in the community.

-We will host free "pop-up" book giveaways for those needing more reading materials.

Rest assured that HMPL is with you every step of the way during this challenging time. We look forward to "seeing" you soon online.

Best,

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center


Monday, March 16, 2020

Update from Library Director (as of 4:07 pm)

It has been a very strange day at the library. Our staff misses seeing all of you and we are trying to find our new normal. Earlier today, we launched an initiative to allow people to place holds on library materials and then to have them delivered curbside when they arrive.

As of 3:00 pm this afternoon, we received word that deliveries from other libraries have ceased and our ability to know what holds have been placed have been disabled for the foreseeable future. We are determined to still provide curbside service to our community as long as it's allowed by health officials and governmental units. It will look different and we ask for your patience as we navigate these latest developments.

For those of you wishing to check out physical materials while we are closed, please do the following:

1. Call 616.772.0874 to place your order.
2. Library staff will be available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm to receive your inquiries and orders.
3. Staff members will attempt to find the requested items on our shelves.
4. If no items are available, a staff member will contact you.
5. If at least one item is available, it will be available after 11:00 am the following day. If the order is placed on Friday, it will be available on Monday.
6. We are asking that only one library card per family, per day be used to make requests.
7. Up to 5 items may be requested each day. This limit is per family--not per library card.

Thanks again for your patience. We hope to continue this service for as long as we are allowed. We wish you all the very best of health during these challenging times.

Best,

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center


Saturday, March 14, 2020
An Update from the Library Director:


Wow! We had a tremendously busy day at the library yesterday. There is no question the Howard Miller Library is loved by our community and we are elated to be a vital component to what makes Zeeland such a special place. As I worked alongside my colleagues, it quickly became apparent that we had become a location in which large groups of people were congregating and staying. While I LOVE that our goal of being the community living room in Zeeland is a reality, I also recognize that by remaining open, we are undermining what our public health officials are attempting to do to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19.

To better align ourselves with the spirit of the orders and recommendations issued by Governor Witmer’s office and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we are closing the library and the community center to the public from 12:00 noon today, March 14, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Because access is very important to us, the following services are available to you during this time:

• Digital books, audiobook, magazines and streaming movies and music are within reach from the comfort of your own home. Go to www.hmpl.org for instructions on how to access materials through OverDrive, Hoopla and RB Digital.

• Library staff will be available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to assist you via telephone and email. We are happy to place holds, answer reference questions and more.

• Our curbside service is still available for those who wish to pick up their holds. When you receive your hold notification, simply park at or near the special curbside parking spot and call 616.772.0874. A library staff member will deliver these materials directly to your car.

As always, we are working diligently to serve you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center


Friday, March 13, 2020

A Message from the Library Director:

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Howard Miller Library is instituting the following changes in order to do our part to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

•We are cancelling ALL Howard Miller Library programs through April 30, 2020.

•All puzzles, games, stuffed animals and other items used within the library have been temporarily removed.

•Fun on the Run Packs will not be available for check out.

At the present moment, we are continuing our normal library operations. However, please note that may change pending recommendations from state, county or municipal authorities. We are diligently working to stay abreast of information and will communicate any changes in services as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, please consider the following:

•If you or a loved one is ill, please do not come into the library. For the safety of those with compromised immune systems or underlying health issues, we appreciate your assistance in ensuring everyone stays safe and healthy.

•We have great digital resources available from the convenience of your own home.

•Curbside service is available for those who wish to enjoy physical books, movies and music.

We continue to strive to put our core values of People First-Access Always into action—especially during challenging times such as this. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Heather Wood-Gramza
Director, Howard Miller Library and Community Center