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A Letter From Your Library Director: May 2021

May 11, 2021 Dear Community, Thank you for your patience and support over the past fifteen months as we have navigated the reality of providing library services with facilities closed to the public. It has not been easy for any of us, but you have truly been the best community to work with, and we are all so thankful for your flexibility, adaptability, and your concern for the safety of the entire community. I am pleased to share with you that we are introducing a new service, coming soon: “Browse and Go.” With Browse and Go, we will invite you inside library buildings, during the same hours we were previously open pre-pandemic, to browse for items to check out. You will be able to use self-checkout machines and we will have staff available to assist with you with checkout if needed. While there will not be a time limit to using the building, we will ask that you browse for your items and then take them back home to enjoy, rather than doing so in the building. I look forward to the day we fully reopen our buildings and we can all enjoy our public library the way we used to. Until then, I hope this next step in services is a joyous one. Computer services will still be available in all locations, but will vary by building. Our schedule for opening Browse and Go services at each location is: Alsea Community Library: June 1 Monroe Community Library: June 1 Philomath Community Library: end of June Corvallis Library: July (a final date will be released in June) Will we still be offering delivery services? The answer is a resounding yes! We know many of [Read more]

2021-05-11T15:53:59-07:00May 11th, 2021|

A Letter From Your Library Director: April 2021

April 5, 2021 Dear Community, I am happy to share with you that April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week. It is a great time to stop and reflect on the importance of libraries to their communities. Libraries remain a cornerstone of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all. Libraries are more than buildings; we can often find them as the heart of the community. I hope you feel the same way I do, that libraries are important in our world and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library makes a positive impact in our community. If so, I encourage you to help us celebrate National Library Week! Pull out those “I Love Our Library” yard signs for the month, make use of our services and tell a friend who does not use the library about all of our awesome services. We are here to serve everyone. Speaking of serving you, we hope we can open our doors again to you in the not-too-distant future. Please be assured that we are constantly watching for a change in guidelines from OHA that means we can open our doors. Currently Benton County is still in the High Risk category, meaning curbside pickup is encouraged and buildings are limited to 50% max capacity. For the library, these kinds of restrictions mean we can serve more of you by offering our current services of delivery and contactless pickup. Trust me – we would love to have you back in the building and browsing for books. As soon as we can realistically do that and serve the entire community well, you’ll know about it. In the meantime, take care and I hope to see you soon. Best, [Read more]

2021-04-05T11:49:58-07:00April 5th, 2021|

A Letter From Your Library Director: March 2021

March 2021 Dear Community, Welcome to March! I have some very exciting news to share with you. After years of working towards this goal, I am pleased to say that all Corvallis & Benton County families with children under the age of five are now eligible to register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! The Imagination Library mails free, high-quality books to children from birth up until their fifth birthday. Each month, participants receive a new, age-appropriate book, which are available in English and Spanish, as well as Braille/audiobook options. Families can enroll their child online at unitedwaylbl.org/imaginationlibrary or get assistance enrolling by calling the Library at 541-766-6793. The launch of the program is thanks to the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, who provided a $55,000 grant to kick start the program! I remain especially grateful to United Way and the Corvallis School Distract who have been partners with the Library in the journey to bring this program to fruition for several years now. It is vital to have diverse, inclusive books in homes, and for children to feel ownership and pride in those books. Books from a public or school library are important, but the Imagination Library empowers our youth and encourages literacy skills by providing their own personal libraries. Please help us spread the word about this incredible, free program! Enjoy the spring weather! Ashlee Return to all Letters from the Library Director Return to CBCPL Newsletter

2021-03-03T18:03:24-07:00March 3rd, 2021|

A Letter From Your Library Director: February 2021

February 2021 Dear Community, In my last letter, I took a moment to thank our Library staff for their hard work over the past year. Our success is also thanks to the support of our two non-profit organizations: The Friends of the Library and The Library Foundation. The Friends and the Foundation champion the Library in different ways and they have both made significant contributions to our organization during the pandemic. Your support of these two organizations means direct assistance to the Library. The Friends of the Library partially finance our delivery service, the popular take-and-go craft kits, and pay for most of our speakers and program supplies. In 2021, the Friends approved a budget of over $100,000 to support Library programs, staff development, home delivery, and other supplies and services. The Library Foundation invests funds into the library’s collection of materials, allowing us to continue curating a catalog that meets our community’s needs. The Foundation is also preparing to take on a construction project at the Corvallis Library that will allow our space to grow and further serve our users. Having the Foundation by our side to help us complete capital projects makes us extremely fortunate, and you’ll be hearing more about this construction project in the next letter! I remain incredibly thankful for the Friends, the Foundation and especially all of our generous donors. The community support we have received from all of you continues to keep us encouraged. Thank you to those of you who have sent in thank-you notes, called with compliments, or dropped words of kudos in your returned items. We celebrate these words of gratitude each day. The support of the Corvallis and Benton County community is unparalleled. [Read more]

2021-02-01T18:13:04-07:00February 1st, 2021|

Announcing a New Mobile App

We are excited to announce that the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library has a new mobile app! Download from Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cbcpl/id1535697104 Download from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details... You can manage your account from your phone, including renewing checkouts, searching the catalog, and placing holds. You can even add multiple accounts for other members of your household. Plus, if you forget your card at walk-up, the app also includes your library card barcode. If you used our previous mobile app, you will need to download the new one. Please give us a call,  or send us an email or text if you have any questions about installing or using it. Call: 541-766-6702 Email: askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov Text chat: 541-326-0100

2021-01-25T08:37:12-07:00January 5th, 2021|

A Letter From Your Library Director: January 2021

January 2021 Happy New Year! Like all of you, I am excited to ring in the New Year. Here at the Library, it is our plan to continue adapting our services so that we can offer you the best library experience while balancing community safety. I am proud to share with you that we are currently serving about 620 community members a day, and that is not including digital visits to the Library!  Looking at our comparators, these are some of the highest numbers around the state. To that end, I would like to start this year by saying thank you to Library staff. I am proud and privileged to work with them. Trust me when I say that everyone working at the Library right now misses their old job! We miss singing with your kids, we miss helping you find books, and we miss seeing your smiling faces when you are checking books out. However, we know that you need a different service right now and we are here for you: taking risks, staying flexible, learning new jobs, doing our absolute best to ensure you have a library that is meeting your needs. As we head into 2021, we continue to make plans to improve our services and offer you what you need. Never hesitate to let us know what services matter the most to you! Best, Ashlee Return to all Letters from the Library Director Return to CBCPL Newsletter

2021-01-04T18:46:57-07:00January 4th, 2021|

A Letter From Your Library Director: December 2020

December 2020 Dear Community, Many of you probably remember around this time two years ago, the Corvallis Library was lucky to be the focus of an Eagle Scout Project entitled “Encouraging Reading through Art.” Vincent Bottaro, not even yet a high school freshman at the time, approached the Library about his idea for a potential Eagle Scout project, went through an extensive approval process and coordinated the project from start to finish. . The project involved painting the pillars of the library’s underground parking garage to look like the spines of books in fun colors to brighten up the dark space and the printed titles included the original fonts from their respective book covers. The Library Foundation funded the project and Vincent proved himself a true leader. He collaborated with Elements Graphics lead designer Katy Krupp and a group of volunteers to make the project happen. I am happy to share with you some great news about this completed project. Vincent just won the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. There were only four projects in the western US to receive this award in the past year. Congratulations to Vincent! As you read our newsletter this month, you will see that we are continuing to make improvements to our services. We hope that you are enjoying the library even when things look a little different from usual. Do not hesitate to send us your suggestions and comments so that we can continue to improve. Best, Ashlee Return to all Letters from the Library Director Return to CBCPL Newsletter

2020-12-02T18:45:59-07:00October 30th, 2020|

A Letter From Your Library Director: October 2020

October 2020 Dear Community, Welcome to Fall! I am happy to say that all of our locations now feature walk-up hours of service in addition to holds delivery offered to all patrons who live in our library district. Every day we consider how to improve our services and provide more ways to access the library. Along those lines, we are now offering a new service: Text and Go Holds! To start with, two days a week at the Corvallis Library, you can text ahead for contactless pickup of your holds. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM, signs will be outside of the library with a phone number you can text. When you arrive, just send a text with your name and last four digits of your library card to the phone number listed on the patio signs. We will check out your items, and call your name at the table outside when they are ready! Anyone can use this service, even if you also utilize delivery services. As a reminder, due to procedures based on the most recent library-specific studies available, we are quarantining all returned library items for 7 days. This means items will remain on your account for at least 7-10 days before we can handle them. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our library materials for your use. Lastly, I’m sure many of you have made use of a ballot box inside of the library before. Even though our facilities are not open, ballot boxes have been installed outside of our libraries so that you still have a secure place to drop your ballot, if you need to do so. [Read more]

2020-10-02T17:21:43-07:00October 2nd, 2020|

A Letter From Your Library Director: September 2020

September 2020 Dear Community, As we move into September, we are approaching the changing of seasons. With the arrival of fall, we know the sunny days we enjoy will be fewer than we like. Now that we have both walk-up service and delivery service options for you to choose from, you may find that your needs change as we transition into fall. We hear many questions about these services. I am answering some common questions we hear that might help you decide what service best meets your needs! Can I do both walk-up service and delivery? OCTOBER UPDATE: Yes, you may now utilize either service, or both. What are the main differences between the two? The main difference is immediacy. If you use walk-up service, you know you will be leaving with items right then and there! With delivery service, you may have to wait up to a week, but you have the added benefit of not leaving your home. In addition, you do not need to be home to receive a delivery! Please note you might need to wait in line for service, especially at the beginning of each walk-up session on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  As the weather changes, we understand your needs might change too. Waiting in line in the summer is different from waiting in line in the winter! We do not yet have either of these new service models perfected and are still planning to make improvements to improve efficiency. We are trying our best to balance service, safety and equity. Thank you for your patience and kindness as we work through it all. I do not want to use delivery because it seems expensive. Is delivery cost-prohibitive?   Great [Read more]

2020-10-02T10:21:04-07:00September 3rd, 2020|
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