As families start to venture out safely and some community pandemic restrictions ease according to state guidelines, area libraries are still hard at work making sure those who love books and other programs remain connected.
Libraries in the area continue to find ways to use resources like social media platforms and group meeting opportunities to keep popular programs going, including story times for children, adult book clubs, even specialized activities like online scavenger hunts, mystery games, trivia contests and other gatherings in an effort to keep the library's role in a community vital during trying times.
Taylor Library in East Derry took a big step as of Monday, opening doors to families by appointment with a strict time frame in place to make sure the library had ample time to clean the library spaces between visits.
Face masks for those entering the building were required for those over 3 years of age.
Taylor continues to offer a curbside pick-up service for those wanting to reserve books and everyone needing to return materials can place those in the library's outside drop box.
At Derry Public Library, the doors are also slowly opening for patrons by appointment for a "grab and go" service for both adults and children. The service also began Monday.
There is also an appointment-only program for those who hope to come in the library to use its computers.
The library's online page is also full of coronavirus updates, upcoming programs and links to resources for historical research, and other materials like new books, publications, music, or other information a patron might need.
The East Broadway library, like most libraries in the area, also continue to offer a curbside pickup service for patrons who many not feel comfortable coming inside the building.
"We have different opportunities for patrons to get items with us," said Jen Khoury, Derry Public Library's communications coordinator.
For those patrons making an appointment for the "grab and go" option, they are allowed to stay inside for up to an hour, Khoury said, adding numbers allowed at one time are kept small as with keeping safety in mind for both patrons and staff.
"There are different comfort levels of what people want to do," Khoury said. "We are just happy to see them."
Khoury added it's the library's mission to make sure connections remain.
"And to make sure we are meeting the needs of the public," she said.
In Londonderry, Leach Library continues offering virtual summer programs in lieu of its traditional in-person summer reading program that is popular with children through adults.
Story times, craft programs, and other fun summer activities are offered for children in a virtual platform. On July 9, book talks for young adults are available. Adults an also enjoy summer library programs including recommendations on top warm weather reading, home projects, hiking, history, gardening and other projects. The library's webpage has updated information on what's coming up.
In Windham, the Nesmith Library is also moving through a carefully phased reopening process.
Currently, the library remains closed to the public and staff are in the building for limited hours through the week in partial shifts for added safety.
Nesmith also offers curbside borrowing through the week along with a long list of virtual programs continuing for all ages.