As you know, Everett Public Library buildings were closed to the public on March 13 to support the City, County and State’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Protecting the health and safety of patrons, staff and our community remains our top priority during this unprecedented time.
I am happy to share that we are preparing to be able to begin offering contact-free services, including curbside pickup and accepting returns of library materials, in the near future. Reopening will occur in stages to protect the safety of staff and the public. Our plan aligns with Governor Inslee’s four-phased Safe Start plan, a data-driven approach based on public-health information.
We are currently operating under Phase 1 guidelines and library buildings are closed. Please know that while our buildings are closed, we have resources and services you can access online 24 hours a day, including a digital collection of books, movies and music. In addition, library staff are working to deliver and develop online services and programs to help our community make it through this very challenging time.
Whether you are a student, small business owner, newly unemployed professional or recreational reader, the Library is working hard to be here for you in new and creative ways. We remain committed to our mission and our values of promoting access for all, equitable service delivery and resources and services that inform, educate and entertain.
Highlighted below are some of the services and programs we’ve been providing since our buildings closed, but know that our talented staff are working on more ideas we are excited to explore:
- Virtual Story Times: Our Youth Services librarians are bringing our children’s story times to Facebook and YouTube. You will also see guest appearances by local community partners!
- Unemployment and Small Business Support: If you’re unemployed, changing careers, growing new skills, or have a small business, Everett Public Library is here for you. Librarians are available to answer your questions and guide you to resources. In June, join us each Wednesday at 4 p.m. to learn new tips, tricks, and tech tools to build and brand your business. This free series will teach you the basics of using Google, YouTube, and a free library database to grow your business and generate new leads.
- American Creed: American Creed shares the stories of unlikely activists who bring their communities together and confront the nation's deepest divides. Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy come together from different perspectives to shed light on these stories, and what it means to be an American in turbulent times. We are pleased to host a virtual screening of the award-winning documentary “American Creed” at 6 p.m. followed by a community conversation at 7 p.m.
- Summer Reading 2020: Kids and Teens, ages newborn through grade 12, can earn a free book after reading (or listening) for 24 hours. Printable Summer Reading logs are available now. No printer? No problem! Keep track of your reading on any piece of paper. Suggested reading lists are available online.
- Apply for a Library Card Online: If you do not currently have a library card, we have made the process to get a library card online even easier! Getting your library card online will give you instant access to our digital collections and resources.
- More eBooks and Digital Resources: In response to an increase in e-collection usage, the Library is working hard to bring more copies, titles and resources to this collection to meet demand.
- Drive-In WiFi: The Library’s public WiFi network is on 24/7 and can be accessed from the Evergreen Branch parking lot and parking spots in front of the Main Library. Please note that signal strength varies and we are working with the Washington State Library and Department of Commerce to increase our coverage.
- Ask Us: Library staff continue to be available to help answer your questions. We are available by phone or email Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 425-257-8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reference questions, book recommendations, unemployment and job search assistance, technology help and more. Call 425-257-8010 or email email@example.com for account questions. We are ready to assist.
It was announced today, Friday, June 5, that Snohomish County was approved to move to Phase 2 effective immediately. Last week Governor Inslee announced that libraries can provide curbside service and returns during Phase 2 as long as they meet certain requirements. Starting on Monday, June 8, we will begin to bring staff back into the building to prepare our spaces and collections for curbside pickup and returns. We anticipate that it will take 1-2 weeks to prepare for curbside pickup and returns. We hope to announce more details next week. Staff will continue to follow health and safety recommendations, including health screening, physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Our buildings will remain closed to the public during this time.
In Phase 3 of the Governor’s plan, Everett Public Library will open some or all of its buildings with modified operations. Operating hours and access to services may vary by location and may continue to evolve according to public safety guidelines.
Full service will resume in Phase 4.
You can stay current on these efforts at epls.org and our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
We ask for your continued patience as we move through each phase of our return. Library staff look forward to the day when we can offer full services again, but in the meantime stay well and stay tuned.
Everett Public Library Director