With so many things up in the air this year, Braswell Memorial Library is glad to be able to return to some familiar services.

The library is currently operating on its normal schedule: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The community libraries in Bailey, Middlesex, Whitakers, and Spring Hope are also open on their regular schedules.

For the safety of our patrons and library staff, we have hand sanitizer available for use at all the services desks and other locations throughout the library. Social distancing is enforced and everyone is required to wear a mask. If you are sick, please do not come to the library.

New books and DVD’s are arriving weekly. Because Braswell Memorial Library is a member of NC Cardinal, patrons have access to books from 41 library systems throughout North Carolina. You can request an item online from any computer. Just type nccardinal.org in your search engine. When your request arrives we will notify you and place your item on the holds shelf for easy pick-up.

For those of you who prefer to read on your electronic device, we have increased our budget for eBooks. The easiest way to access eBooks is to use the Libby app where you can browse or search for your next book to read.

Summer Reading went virtual this year. Many parents reported that their children really enjoyed the take-home activity packets for each week of summer reading. This year we recognized the number of minutes participants spent reading instead of the number of books read. Parents and readers alike appreciated this change as those who read long chapter books receive the same recognition as those who prefer shorter selections.

Congratulations to 126 children who completed their reading goals this summer even though everything has been topsy-turvy because of COVID-19.

We are getting very close to launching a new bookmobile outreach program. We took delivery of our vehicle on July 24, and we are in the process of installing the computer components needed to provide full services. After the IT up-fit is complete, we will load up the books, finalize the schedule and hit the road.

You might see the bookmobile out and about in the next few days. We are not in service yet, but we are conducting driver training. The Braswell Memorial Library bookmobile will provide books and outreach programming to young children throughout our service area. We also plan a schedule of community stops to provide library and internet services throughout Rocky Mount and Nash County.

We appreciate all our patrons. If you are not a library user, we invite you to get a card and find out what you are missing. You can get a library account for our online services with a simple phone call or visit the library if you prefer to check out physical books and other materials. There is no cost to get a library card. All library services and programs are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.