As I write this the Lititz Public Library is wrapping up its first full week of re-opening with limited services. Many, if not all, of you have likely heard Governor Wolf’s announcement that Lancaster County will move into the Green Phase of re-opening as of June 26th. It is important to remember that Green is not a return to normal. It is not even, in the current parlance, a “new normal.” Instead it is a phase to “facilitate a return to a new normal.”
First, I want to thank our community for being patient and understanding with us as we navigated our new ways of operating. Second, I want to thank staff for adapting so well and continuing to provide a level of customer service of which they can be proud. Third, I want everyone to know that soon we will be able to open our doors to the public (albeit still with limits) for physical browsing in the building. At this point, I can only say we will move to our next model of service sometime after July 4th. There is NOT a firm date at this time because we must still adhere to safety measures which enforce social distancing and maximum capacity regulations with regards to occupancy – but library leadership has already had discussions about how this can be managed.
So thank you! It is only with your help in following safety guidelines that we can even begin to adapt for the next phase. As you continue to do so, we will continue to adjust, take stock, adapt, and move forward. I will continue to do my best to keep you informed and aware of the library’s plans. Finally, I do want to express how extremely grateful I am of the staff I lead and the community we serve. You all make my job worth it.
Stay safe, and I hope to see you all IN the library as soon as we are able to invite you back!