|Sandy Library offers takeout services amid pandemic posted on 05/01/2020|
The Sandy and Hoodland Library branches shut their doors on
Monday, March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, cutting off the communities
from the services they provide.
But things got a little better on Monday, April 13, when the
Sandy branch started offering take-out services (curbside delivery of items on
hold) on a reservation basis.
“They were super excited to get curbside service,” said
Sarah McIntyre, Library Director of the Sandy and Hoodland Public Libraries,
about the library patrons.
McIntyre added that while they are trying to figure out a
way for the Hoodland branch to start a similar curbside service, Hoodland
patrons are encouraged to visit the Sandy Library until that happens.
To utilize the curbside service, patrons place items from
the library on hold, then can check their library account around 10 a.m. to see
if the items have arrived. If so, they should call the library at 503-668-5537 to schedule a time for pick
up (there are a limited number of pick up spots every 15 minutes).
Patrons are to arrive at their scheduled time and then call
the library from their vehicle, with their library card number handy. Staff
will then take the materials and place them on a table on the west side of the
library, where the patron can pick them up after the staff have safely returned
to the library building.
McIntyre noted that the biggest issue at this point is
people showing up early for their appointment.
“In the real world, it isn’t a problem,” she said. “But if
you arrive early, you have to wait until your appointment time to call.”
McIntyre added that the service should be of particular
importance for people who are outside the Sandy city limits and might not have
good internet service, limiting their ability to download or stream
“Getting DVDs and books into their hands was really
important to us,” she said, adding that it has also been rewarding seeing
parents get out stacks of books to help their kids with distance learning while
the schools are closed.
McIntyre also noted that while they expected to be
overwhelmed, the early days of the service have not been that way. She said
they have yet to hit the maximum number of appointments on a given day, 36, but
that the staff did already know what to expect from the people who have utilized
“They’re voracious readers,” McIntyre said. “A lot of them
watch a lot of movies and TV on DVD.”
Meanwhile, there are also virtual programs available to
patrons of the library, including Facebook groups for children’s storytimes and
a virtual book group, which will meet online through the internet service Zoom.
The book group’s first meeting is expected to be on May 4 to discuss Jack
London’s “The Call of the Wild.” Contact the library to get a link for the
“We’re trying to keep people engaged and let them know the
library is still here for you,” McIntyre said. “Sandy and Hoodland are
wonderful areas. Honestly, we miss them.”
For more information, call the Sandy Library at 503-668-5537
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library phone hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on
Sunday. The Sandy Library is located at 38980 Proctor Blvd. in Sandy.
The Hoodland Public Library is located at 24525 E. Welches
Road in Welches. For information email email@example.com or call
By Garth Guibord/MT