Foreword - News and to-dos

Foreword March 8, 2021

We are excited to announce that we are now open for browsing! We are following these guidelines for allowing people in the library. We can only allow 5 people in the library at a time for browsing and computer use, you must wear a mask, we ask that you spend no longer than 30 minutes in the library, and no patrons under 15 allowed without an adult. If you know what time you would like to visit; you can call us to schedule an appointment at 920-984-3094. You can visit without an appointment as long as there are less than 5 people in the library. We are still offering curbside pickup for those prefer use this service.

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? Crafting is so much more that a creative outlet or a way to pass the time. Crafting can also help reduce anxiety, build self-esteem, increase happiness, and lower stress, all of which also helps fight depression! You can find all kinds of craft books at your library. You can get books on any craft; from drawing and painting, knitting and crochet, and all kinds of paper arts. Not sure where to start? Pick up a variety of books and see if any of them spark your creative flame!

If you are a crafter and want some new ideas to reenergize your creative flame, stop by the library and see what we have, or let us know what kinds of crafts you like and our librarians will see if they can find you some books to fan your flame of creativity! We hope to see you soon.

Our current hours are:

M-Th: 9am-6pm

Friday: 9am-4pm

Saturday: 9am-12pm

January 11, 2020

The second week of January is observed as Home Office Safety and Security Week. We thought it was important to highlight as so many people are working virtually right now. However, everyone can benefit from these ideas and tips-especially as our indoor time increases due to winter and the pandemic.

-Make sure you fire escape plan is up to date and communicated with everyone living with you
-Clear escape routes and other hallways of clutter to avoid trip hazards
-Check both your fire and carbon monoxide detectors
-Ensure that increased technology and devices has not overloaded your electrical systems
-Make sure home insurance and product warranties are up to date
-If possible, shred important and confidential documents

Have a resolution for the New Year? We have plenty of books and resources for you to get a (maybe running?) start! Let us know what you are interested in-from baking more to better sleep-and we will find a book or DVD for you! Find us at 985-3094 or bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Our current curbside-only hours are:
M-Th: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-12p

January 4, 2021

Welcome to 2021! What a strange, long year it has been. We wish all those in our surrounding community health and hope for the New Year! Please keep reading this column and checking our website and Facebook page for any updates to library hours and services as we continue to navigate back towards “normal.”

As the weather gets (and stays) colder and social distancing remains the norm, look to us for some indoor entertainment! Since Black Creek Village Library is part of the OWLS system, there are always many copies of new release movies to choose from and even plenty of non-fiction options. We also try to purchase television series collections that our community may not be able to see on original airing, such as those found on streaming services or premium channels like Netflix, Hulu or HBO.

Younger children and families can get some enjoyable learning time with our backpack kits. These have such themes as: colors, learning about money, health and nutrition and more! And don’t forget to ask about what we are currently offering for activity and craft kits-these have been very popular this winter!

Heard “buzzing” about a book or movie in the media recently? Give us a call and see if it is in the system! If not, we certainly want to know, as public libraries try to purchase a variety of materials and want to stay abreast of what the public is interested in!

Our current curbside-only hours are:
M-Th: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm

Absentee Voting Tips

The 2020 Presidential election is happening on November 3rd and polls are open from 7am-8pm. The pandemic has complicated the election process this year; however, and many people are choosing to vote absentee rather than in-person.

While this part of the voting process has been available for quite a while before this year, more people than ever have chosen to utilize it. Below are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your vote counts!

In Wisconsin, a witness need to verify that you completed your ballot and verify this by signing the envelope under your own signature. They also need to include their address. While they do not need to witness your ballot choices, they do need to verify that you started with a blank form.

It is recommended that you use a black or blue ball point pen to mark your ballot choices and avoid using markers or highlighters. Do not wait to mail in your absentee ballot, complete it and get it in the mail ASAP! If you have internet access, you can track the progress of your ballot every step of the way at: myvote.wi.gov.

Have a question on anything related to voting in Wisconsin? Call the Wisconsin Elections Commission at 1-866-VOTE-WIS.

INFORMATION ON LIBRARY CLOSURE

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Dear Library Patrons:

In light of recent events and public health recommendations and to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our community and surrounding areas, the Black Creek Village Library Board has decided we will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th through at least Tuesday, April 7th at which point the library board will meet to reassess the situation. We will be monitoring our emails and library voice mail as much as possible and we will work on replying to your messages as soon as we are able.

 

We will waive late fines during the closure and backdate any items returned to March 16th. Also note that due to many library closures in our system, any items placed on hold will be delayed and items currently on hold will not be available for pick-up during our closure; we will work on extending them after our re-opening.

 

As a reminder, the OWLS library system has many digital services available to you free with your library card; please check out our digital collections at www.infosoup.org or wplc.overdrive.com.

 

This was not an easy decision to make, but please know that we take the health and safety of our community seriously. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time, and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can.

More information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available at:
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• Outagamie County Health Department https://www.outagamie.org/…/health-human-serv…/public-health

 

Sincerely,

Eva Kozerski
Library Director

Phone: 920-984-3094
Email: 
bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

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