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April 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Homer Library,
What does a library look like, if the doors must remain closed? All over people are re-envisioning what life looks like during a pandemic, and your local library has been doing the same. I’ve been privileged to sit in on a few Zoom meetings with library staff, and I am awed by their commitment during this disrupted period. With creativity, integrity, and allegiance to the democratic values of the library, they are developing ideas and programs to meet the needs of our community during this unprecedented moment in time.
Youth Services Librarian Claudia Haines will begin doing Storytime live, on-air next week at KBBI. We invite you to tune in Thursday, April 2, 10:00 am. We are also experimenting with making Knitting Club available with the same Zoom platform that staff are conducting meetings with. Knitting Club has long been a place where meaningful connections are formed, so it seems a natural place to begin. We'll let you know when we have our first scheduled meeting.  Staff are also re-imagining the Summer Reading and Learning Program, Summer@HPL. In the meantime, we’re expediting the Storywalk so families can practice social distancing, while enjoying a good walk and book.
But what about the other books? Staff are working tirelessly to bolster the digital collection. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Alaska Digital Library, if you haven’t already. Staff can help you troubleshoot any challenges you might have. You can call 235-3180 or email for help.
So what does the library look like when the doors are closed? Please enjoy the pictures that follow of staff continuing their important library work. 
Wishing all of our Friends good health.

Take Care,
Mercedes Harness
FHL Coordinator


P.S. For the most up to date info visit the library's FAQ page!


Dave Berry
Library Director Dave Berry is currently splitting his time between library work and reviewing safety plans for the City of Homer. Here he is in his secret command bunker
David Bernard
In addition to library duties, David is assisting the Public Information Office. Also receiving frequent help from his new foster dog.
Amy Gordon
Is working on Non Fiction collection development for Alaska Digital Library titles, cleaning up a variety of loose ends from our speedy response to the virus and running support for Dave.
Jackie McDonough
Although Jackie misses seeing library patrons each day, she is trying not to be a grumpy pants. She is keeping busy repairing a backlog of ripped and broken books as well as getting boxes of new books ready for when the library is able to reopen. 
Teresa Sundmark
As Teresa settles in to working from home, her dog Ripple has taken on a supervisory role. 
Claudia Haines
Claudia has moved her library office to her house! She is preparing for radio storytime, sharing cool digital resources on the library's website and social media, and parenting her own kids through the pandemic crisis. 
Bill Noomah
Steadfast, working from home!

Mathew Smith
Focused here on a Zoom meeting with staff.
 Kevin Co is hard at work too!
Look forward to seeing him in the next newsletter!
Storytime on the Radio

Storytime is back! While the library is closed, storytime will air each Thursday morning at 10am on KBBI AM 890, beginning April 2nd! Tune in for an hour of stories, dance breaks and a call in time for kids! 


HPL Growing Readers

The library is now offering HPL Growing Readers, an opt-in, early learning text message service. Weekly messages featuring tips for families will highlight low impact, at-home activities that support literacy and learning. Beginning April 5th, messages will be sent using the Remind app and you can choose to receive them by text or email. You can opt-out at any time.To join, text @hplgr to the number 81010 and you will receive a welcome text from Remind. You can also join here.
You can listen to the audio of Celebration of Lifelong Learning on our homepage:

Thank you KBBI AM 890 for hosting us on Coffee Table!
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