Library offering no-touch services

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The Belgrade Public Library is offering no-touch services, effective May 13.

While the building will not be open to the public, patrons may request materials by contacting the Library at 207-495-3508 or belgrade@belgrade.lib.me.us. Library staff will arrange a time for patrons to retrieve their requested items from the library’s front porch.

Library staff will also recommend titles based on authors and genres, at a patron’s request.

Requests and retrievals will occur during the library’s regular operating hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. The Library is located at 124 Depot Road.

For residents who cannot drive, Neighbors Driving Neighbors will deliver requested items to patrons’ front doors.

All Library materials will be returned to the dropbox outside the library. Library staff will empty the dropbox daily and store materials for four days before processing and re-shelving them. The four-day wait ensures the coronavirus will die on any contaminated item. 

All Library programming in June will be conducted online. This includes using the online meeting platform Zoom for the Library’s book group and guest talks, and using the Internet for weekly trivia and scavenger hunts. Details will be posted at TownofBelgrade.com/library and on the Library and Town’s Facebook pages.

The Belgrade Board of Selectpersons will evaluate the no-touch Library services at its June 2 meeting.

At its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, the Board will consider plans to reimplement recycling at the Transfer Station and to safely offer a summer day camp program. Details and a Zoom link will be posted at townofbelgrade.com/may19selectboard.