Mineola Memorial Library Notes


Here comes the end of April and the beginning of May. What flowers do you think we will see? What part of our routine will change as we continue this pandemic journey?

Last week was National Library Week. Kind of hard to celebrate from behind closed doors, but our Friends of the Mineola Memorial Library found a way. They sent yummy surprises for the staff. We appreciate their support, especially during this time of uncertainty.

What will May bring? As I write this, we are awaiting guidance from Gov. Abbott and Judge Hebron. We want to begin curbside service in the next week or so. We are going to see what is allowable. If you have questions and cannot wait for our information to appear on Facebook or our web page mineolalibrary.com, then please call and leave a message, 903-569-2767. The rules will be to reserve on-line and then there will be a time frame to pick up items while remaining in your car as you drive through the alley behind the library to receive your items. We will not open the front door for book pickup or selection. But check our website, Facebook, or call first.

During our closure, two of us got to experience a virtual conference. Each year, the Texas State Library Association presents a really big conference full of conferences, vendors and librarians from all over the state. It is a time to learn things to help with the job, see new products, make new friends, and connect with old friends. That didn’t happen this year due to COVID-19. They came up with a virtual conference, which was different. There was no moving about between conferences, no getting to touch and ask questions about new products, no getting to hang out with colleagues. There was the option of setting your own time frame and viewing prerecorded sessions in whatever order you chose. There were a few live sessions featuring authors talking about their books and social matters and how the library played a part in their lives. I missed the social interaction but did get to participate without being as exhausted at the end (exhausted in a good way).

In the meantime, stay home, wash your hands, stay safe and we’ll all be together again before we know it.