What do public librarians do during COVID 19 stay-at-home orders?
Believe it or not, librarians are probably at home doing similar activities that the patrons they serve are doing. If the weather is nice, your friendly public librarian may be hiking, walking the dog, gardening, cleaning out the garage, painting the fence, bicycling, or reading a book in the sunshine.
If the weather is not suitable for outdoor activities (or in some cases even if it is), your librarian might be on the computer scanning social media, visiting on the phone, FaceTiming, watching a movie or television, cleaning the house, finishing up a household project, helping a child with homework, petting the cat, or quietly reading a book on the couch.
It’s guaranteed that your friendly public librarian IS doing something while sequestered at home, and that is missing the patrons who regularly visit the library, missing the daily checking in and out of materials, missing the telephone interactions with patrons, missing the educational and fun programming that is provided for the community, missing the technology and reference questions, missing everything that has to do with the library and especially missing the patrons.
Why, you might ask? Because what librarians DO is serve their communities. Librarians want their patrons to have access to information. Whether introverted or extroverted, librarians’ whole purpose is to provide FREE access to technology, books, online materials, space for gathering, programs about everything from books to how-tos to magic to nature, and so much more about information. So please don’t forget about your local public library during the closures because we certainly are NOT forgetting about you. We will be ready to serve our communities once we reopen; with open arms (and masks and sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer of course)! We miss you and we would love to know how YOU are doing and what you do to fill up the time.