From Alyce & staff

Dear Swampscott Residents,

During this unprecedented health emergency, the Swampscott Public Library is grateful for the continued support and connections we have throughout the Swampscott community.

Our library services changed dramatically when the Governor declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and issued a stay at home advisory to all residents. Borrowing physical materials stopped, but we quickly showed patrons how to access books and other materials digitally. Story hours, book discussion group meetings, children’s music performances, crafting sessions and even knitting circles have all transitioned to online events with YouTube and Zoom. We added other online services and activities too, including a podcast with author interviews and book reviews, online guided meditations and more.

We’re very grateful that our patrons continue participating in these library activities — it’s this sense of community that will help us through this crisis. (And if these activities sound interesting to you, please join us! Links and schedules are available on our website and Facebook page.)

We’ve long known that libraries fill an important role in our communities and it’s been inspiring to see how they’ve adapted to this new environment. I’m very proud of our staff who transitioned to working from home and offered innovative solutions for providing our resources, materials and services remotely and suggesting new, relevant services and activities to benefit our patrons.

Despite the success we’ve experienced with the virtual library services, we can’t wait to be back in our beautiful town library. We’re giving a lot of thought to re-opening safely and are communicating with town officials to make that happen.

In the meantime, we hope that you – and those you care about – are healthy and well and we invite you to join us online.

Alyce Deveau

Director, Swampscott Public Library