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 The Roseville Public Library continues to provide materials through a curbside pickup and drop-off service despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials are cleaned and kept isolated for at least 72 hours upon their return.

The Roseville Public Library continues to provide materials through a curbside pickup and drop-off service despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials are cleaned and kept isolated for at least 72 hours upon their return.

Photo provided by Jacalynn Harvey


Eastpointe, Roseville libraries continue to serve public despite virus

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 19, 2020

 Libraries such as the Roseville Public Library are still doing their all to provide services to the public despite the continued concerns regarding COVID-19.

Libraries such as the Roseville Public Library are still doing their all to provide services to the public despite the continued concerns regarding COVID-19.

Photo provided by Jacalynn Harvey

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With libraries being forced to close in the face of the COVID-19 quarantine, they were faced with many challenges. Their patrons were faced with perhaps even more.

Both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library are still offering several resources online or through pickup and drop-off services, and the Eastpointe Memorial Library staff was happy to announce the reopening of its building as of June 22.

Sue Todd, the assistant director of the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the library will be opening its building once again, but it will be maintaining several precautions to ensure the health and safety of both staff and patrons.

“The library will open to the public on Monday, June 22, at 10 a.m.,” she said in an email to C & G Newspapers last week. “Patrons need to practice social distancing and wear a mask while in the library. Patrons will have access to library materials, computers, and copiers. Material returned to the library must be placed in the drop box. The library quarantines material for 72 hours per Suburban Library Cooperative guidelines.”

Jacalynn Harvey, director of the Roseville Public Library, said their library hasn’t set a specific reopening date yet; however, it is still continuing several services to patrons.

“We don’t have a specific reopening date. We are required by the state to have a phased-in reopening,” Harvey said. “As the COVID spread flattened, we have been able to add things like curbside services, and we will continue to expand our resources as the pandemic continues to recede. Each library is planning their reopening as they are comfortable. We are going to watch to see what the governor’s office says and take it on a week-by-week basis.”

Among the services offered is curbside pickup, in which library patrons can request books and then have them delivered to them in their cars or in front of the library if they arrived on foot or by bike.

“We’re offering curbside services at Roseville, and this includes picking up materials they order or put on hold online or over the phone,” Harvey said. “Some families can just say, ‘I want 20 children’s books’ or ‘I want five mysteries.’ This is in addition to online resources. This includes Overdrive, which is books you can download to an eReader, and RB Digital, which is magazines, books and comics, which you can download to an eReader.”

Todd said the Eastpointe Memorial Library is continuing to focus more heavily on online resources for those who are apprehensive about going to public places in person.

“The library has virtual programs planned throughout the summer for children and adults,” she wrote. “For adults: Tuesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. is our next Zoom Mystery Book Club. This month is reader’s choice. Share a book or two with the group. If you are interested in joining the book club, call the library to sign up. Author Paul Vachon is going to talk about his book, ‘Lost Restaurants of Detroit.’ This virtual program will be available in July as a link on Facebook and our website. The Book into Movie virtual book club is scheduled for July. ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner is the featured book and movie. Book club members read the book and watch the movie at home. Book and movie are available at the library. The Zoom meeting date and time to be announced.”

The Roseville Public Library also is providing materials for kids to take home, since they can’t take part in programs within the building for the time being.

“We’re handing out activity kits for kids,” said Harvey. “Our children’s librarians have bags of items with things like stickers, crayons and drawing sheets for families to take home.”

Harvey said she and her staff are preparing the building to welcome the public back and are excited to see them again in person.

“We are excited to have people come back into the library,” she remarked. “We have sanitized the building and have more sanitizing materials available for people. We have Plexiglas shields up and moved a lot of our furniture into our auditorium, since all of our programs this summer are being done online. This way people can more easily social distance while in the library and won’t clump up in ways that aren’t safe.”

More information on the Eastpointe Memorial Library can be found at www.cityofeastpointe.net/library or by calling (586) 445-3661. More information on the Roseville Public Library can be found at www.rosevillelibrary.org/wordpress or by calling (586) 445-5407.