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A Year At The Library During Covid-19

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A Year At The Library During Covid-19

  On March 17, 2020, the Putnam County Public Library closed its doors temporarily due to Covid-19. Since then, 535,000+ people have died in the United States due to Covid-19, with millions infected. Sixty of our community members have passed due to Covid-19 in the past year. The library mourns their loss, as well as the loss of every person due to Covid-19. 

  As we reflect on the past year, we hold the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have been affected by Covid-19 in our thoughts.

AMBER COMPTON, ADULT REFERENCE & ADULT PROGRAMS MANAGER

“This year has been challenging in so many ways and has also given us the opportunity to grow. Because of social distancing, staff learned how to use screen viewing services to help patrons on the computer. This has been great for different skill levels and allowed us to teach people new skills.

In the Adult area upstairs we have been working on a passion project called the Community Corner. We felt distant from our patrons who come in to see us sometimes daily and we wanted to create a space where we can provide information and resources. The Community Corner houses our Racial Equity collection and binders full of information, not just on Covid-19, but financial aid resources, tax filing, and more. The area was made through collaboration and we hope to see it grow in the future.

Finally, through Covid, we have been very grateful to be actively helping our community register for the vaccine. It is always a great feeling to see someone walk away with a book you know they are going to be immersed in, it’s another to know you’ve given someone peace of mind about their health and safety. It’s been a year of trials–from moving furniture to constant cleaning. We are so thankful to our patrons who have taken precautions to keep us and others safe and we look forward to a time when we can see their smiling faces again.”

MATT MCCLELLAND, LIBRARY DIRECTOR

“In a year when it seems like people can’t agree on much of anything, we can all agree that the last year has been one that we would all like to put in the rearview. However, I can say that despite all of the challenges, the library staff can take pride in how we have kept trying to improve things despite all that has gone on around us. It appears that the time is coming when everyone will be comfortable coming to the library again. When they do, I like to think that they will be impressed at many of the new services and improvements that we have made over the last year.”

CONNI NEISWINGER, CIRCULATION MANAGER

“This past year has been strange and challenging for all of us. Around this time last year, I was brainstorming ways for the library to continue to serve our patrons as we worked from home. Our director and the rest of the staff worked out a plan for the library to reopen safely. From working out ways to implement curbside pickup to how to install the barriers needed at the circulation desk, we all had to get creative and think outside the box. 

This sense of teamwork and community have been some of my favorite things about this past year. Our team here at the library really came together and came up with some creative solutions and I’m so proud of that.  

One of my favorite parts of working at the library is interacting with our patrons. The most difficult part of the past year for me has been the distance we all must keep from each other. I am a hugger, I like to give our youngest patrons stickers and bookmarks. All of those things are on hold right now. When the library reopened last summer I was glad to get back to my patrons. 

Like everyone else, I can’t wait to get back to some sense of normalcy. The past year has been amazingly challenging and I have learned so much! The most important thing I learned is that I have an awesome job and work with amazing people!”

ANTHONY BARGER, ARCHIVIST

“It appears that we are getting close to the pandemic ending and approaching a new normal. As this surreal time is coming to an end, I find myself reflecting on the past year. Like everyone, the Archives Department has gone through some difficult times but has also used this period to create new ways to interact and assist patrons. Most notable of all of our losses was the passing of Ed Dewes of Covid. Ed was one of the library’s longest-serving volunteers. He started volunteering around 25 years ago and he is missed. 

A difficulty for us, in the beginning, was not being able to directly interact with our patrons. A trait of the department is that we interact a lot with our patrons. It ranges from in-depth discussions about what collections to research to simple storytelling. In a department such as ours, patrons expect to see and handle the original documents. This came to a near full stop with the pandemic. Still, I admit that we have done a fine job of making sure that people got what they needed or wanted. In fact, our patrons stepped up by being both patient and going outside their comfort zone by embracing technology that previously they would not consider using.

Throughout the past year, we used our time well. Most people do not know this, but we have a room that contains thousands and thousands of documents that tell the history of our county. We have used this time to increase the entering of these collections into a database so that we can better serve the public. Also, as of recent, our director Matt McClelland wanted us to create a Digital Lab to help the people of Putnam County get their memories off of dated technologies such as 8mm film, cassettes, and VHS tapes.

Library Covid-19 Services

Library Services During Covid-19

The Putnam County Public Library has unveiled new protocols for library services during Covid-19. These protocols will more closely tie the library’s procedures to the Indiana State Health Department and Putnam County Health Department testing data for Covid-19.

Beginning on Monday, February 1, the library will tie its Covid-19 procedures to the advisory level of Putnam County. Each Monday, the library will change its service offerings to match the advisory level of the county.

The statuses that correspond to the color-coded advisory level are as follows: 

BLUE. Masks & Social Distancing Required

YELLOW. Limited Public Seating

ORANGE. Grab & Go Service

RED. Lobby Only Service

For more information,  call 765-653-2755 or email us. The ISDH advisory level can be found on the ISDH website, under the drop-down category “map metrics” under the County Metrics menu.

Featured Library Services

Curbside Service

The library now offers Curbside Service from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick up your materials from the safety and convenience of your vehicle!

Digital & Downloadable Resources

Take the library on the go with these apps and resources powered by your library card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about library services. Need more help? Call us at 765-653-2755

Monthly Newsletter: January 2021

Decorative banner with red and green paint strokes, stars. Reads Putnam County Public Library Monthly Newsletter January 2021.

Calendar

Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club

The 2021 Winter Reading Club will run from January 1-February 28. Children and teens can pick up a Bingo challenge in the Imagination Portal or access them online. Earn a bingo to win a cool prize! Adults can pick up their reading sheet at the circulation desk on the main level of the library or access them online.

We will accept the following methods of returning your Bingo Sheet or Reading Challenge to the library:

    1. Return your physical copy to the Imagination Portal if you are under 18, or to the Circulation Desk if you are 18+.
    2. If you are an adult, please email refdesk@pcpl21.org with your answers for the adult Reading Challenge.
    3. If you are a child, please email ys@pcpl21.org and provide them with your information. 

Prizes may be picked up during the challenge or at your convenience after the challenge has ended. 

Featured Services

Curbside Service
The Putnam County Public Library is excited to offer Curbside Services @ PCPL. Simply place your items on hold and we’ll deliver them to your vehicle!

Free Public Wi-Fi
The library has free public Wi-Fi for your connectivity needs. Our Wi-Fi extends to the library parking lot, allowing access after hours.

Library of Things

We love books at the library, but sometimes books alone don’t do the job. With generous funding from the Dr. James Elrod fund at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF), the library has purchased materials for a “Library of Things”.

The Library of Things is a collection of items that are unconventional to libraries but may be of use to the community. These items can include kitchen appliances, tools, crafting supplies, outdoor games, board games, and a wide array of other items. These items are loanable to the community just like any other library material.

Featured Resource

CYPRESS RESUME

With Cypress Resume, you can effortlessly create a professional resume in minutes! Its easy-to-use design assures you won’t spend hours trying to perfect your document — all the hard work is done for you! Simply plug in your basic information (as much or as little as you like), and we create a perfectly formatted document to help you land that dream job.

You need a library card to access this resource.

Library of Things: Bissell Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

Library of Things: Bissell Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

These machines remove deep-down dirt, spots, and stains quickly and more effectively because of the powerful suction lifts and remove them for good. Cleans Multiple Surfaces: carpet, upholstery, stairs, area rugs, auto interiors, and more.

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Suggestions

For clogged and cleaning for the return follow these instructions: Check for suction at the back of the unit after removing the hose where it attaches to the back of the unit. If there IS suction at the back of the machine with the hose removed, follow these steps: Unplug the unit from the outlet. Check the Pre- and Post-Motor filters for debris. Dirty filters can restrict airflow. The Pre-Motor Foam Filter is square. You can find it in a pull-out tray under the Dirt Tank. The Foam Filter may be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. Reinstall the filter when it’s completely dry. The Multi-Layer Post-Motor Filter is rectangular. It can be found on the side of the machine.

Note: The white Multi-Layer Post Motor Filter isn’t washable.

Make sure the dirt tank is empty. Check the upper tank for build-up or clogs. If it needs to be cleaned, use a short, Phillips-head screwdriver and take off the separator plate with a cloth (can be dampened with water or a mild detergent). Replace the dirt tank. Check for good suction at the end of the upholstery hose. If there’s good suction, make sure the hose is connected firmly to the lower hose on the back of the vacuum. If there’s no suction, check the hose for splits, cracks, or clogs. Make sure the Brush Roll is rotating. If it isn’t, take the access plate off and examine the brush and belt for damage. The access panel can be taken off by lifting the four tabs on the bottom of your machine. Clearing clogs detach the Upper Hose from the machine. Insert a broomstick into the hose to push any obstruction through. Remove the screw from the left side of the lower hose on the back of the unit. Straighten this section of hose by pulling it down or laying the unit on its side with the lower hose towards the top side. Look through the hose for any obstruction. Use a broomstick to unclog the hose.

Library of Things: Nordic Ware Caterpillar Cake Pan

Library of Things: Nordic Ware Caterpillar Cake Pan

Who says you have to wait for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly for it to be fun? With the Nordic Ware Caterpillar Cake Pan, you can turn any humdrum cake into a cool caterpillar confection! This cast aluminum bake pan features eight separate sections that each fits the mold of a part of a caterpillar. After baking the eight sections can be combined and decorated to create one marvelous, happy caterpillar. Each section is perfectly portioned for singular or shared eating! The aluminum pan promotes even cooking and is non-stick to allow for easy release and cleaning. The total batter capacity of this pan is 5-cups, making it perfect for creating a different kind of birthday cake. This pan is ideal for those who like a little more design with their dessert.

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Staff Review & Tips

You will need five cups of batter for this pan. Make sure you spray the pan with cooking spray really good because all of the curves in it make this pan a little harder to clean. This is a great pan if you want to have a Hungry Caterpillar Party.

Suggestions

We followed the instructions of the cake batter that we used. You can use a toothpick to help loosen the cake. Then we placed a cookie sheet over it and flipped it to get the pieces out. Take your time cleaning this pan because there are lots of curves that need to be cleaned on it.

Library of Things: USB Flash Drive

Library of Things: USB Flash Drive

This is a creative USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Multi-Functioning, Mini-sized, Aluminum alloy design, large storage capacity) which has double connectors, can be transferred the documents for all series products of iPhone, iPad & Android(with OTG function) (not compatible with type c port) &PC. Files supported (From PC to the Flash drive (memory stick) and play them on iPhone or iPad via App) Picture: BMP/GIF/CUR/ICO/JPG/PNG/TIF/TIFF/XBM Video: M4V/MP4/MPV/AVI/FLV/MKV/MOV/MPG/RM/RMVB/TS/WMV Music: WAV/AAC/AIFF/AIF/CAF/M4A/MP3 File: XLS/PPT/PDF/TXT/DOC

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Staff Review & Tips

I used this product on my iPhone 12 Pro Max that I had around 3,000 photos I needed to move to my computer to save. I had to download an App called LUV-Share, plugged the Jumpdrive into my went through the instructions, and transferred the photo to the Jumpdrive. This takes a few minutes to do and it is important you do not let your phone go to sleep. After that I put the drive into my computer; again do not let your computer fall asleep while transferring from Jumpdrive to computer.

Danielle Featherston, Technical Services Director

Tip: Make sure you have time to stay with your devices while transferring. Most important make sure everything is deleted from the Jumpdrive before you return it to the library.

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