CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: It was a summer evening spent strumming a ukulele while supporting a local library at the same time.

Those who love the ukulele gathered on August 5, in MacGregor Park for an outdoor session on the finer points of this small, stringed instrument.

The program was part of Derry Public Library's continuing efforts to bring programs and resources to its patrons during the coronavirus pandemic.

Libraries around the region continue to navigate safe programming for families and individuals as the summer moves on, many coming off a successful virtual summer reading program for all ages and planning for fall events and activities.

That includes offering a combination of both in-person services, online programs for all ages, and outdoor events where safe distancing is key and library fun is paramount.

Some libraries are hosting activities with safety in mind, including curbside pickup of materials ordered ahead of time, and offering in-person appointments to enjoy children's areas and computer space.

Jessica DeLangie, head of the library's Technical Services, led the recent ukulele program and said another program is set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, also in MacGregor Park next door.