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Melanie Taylor Coombs <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:16:16 -0400
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Hi all~

A shout out to our team at McArthur Library (Biddeford) for pulling
together in the "new norm". We've been hosting a variety of activities
on Jitsi. The most important one has been a casual staff meeting a
couple of times a week.

In my past library lives, I worked in rural libraries. If any of you
out there are feeling isolated, please reach out. Let's set-up some
casual virtual meetings!

I'm happy to listen or chat. Please feel free to contact me off list
if you are interested and we can set-up some virtual/socially
distant/coffee/book/vent sessions!


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> Amazing how therapeutic helping our community is to us.  I'm listening
> to the science and trying to control my emotional response to all of
> this, and it's hard.  I'm right with you.
> Chip
> On 2020-03-26 16:47, Wendy Ames wrote:
>> Hello All
>> Im not sure if they have a venting system set up for us during all this.
>> I need to vent.  After the stress of closing last week, I've
>> adjusted  OK.  Still don't care for all the out-of-control-ness of
>> it all.
>> I feel it's nice to have the majority of my routine in place, still
>> at  both my libraries, working in lockdown mode.  I actually enjoy
>> having  the time to work on "those projects" It's frustrating to me
>> to not  have enough time to work on them otherwise. Although I do
>> miss my  patrons.
>> So what prompted me to write this today was I just had a phone call
>>  from a patron, saying he had been to the library and noticed we
>> were  closed.  He was asking if I could get a book for him. It's a
>> book he  needed for his Health.  I was tempted to get the book to
>> him. When I  told him I wasn't supposed to loan anything out, he
>> understood. I  suggested he go on Amazon.  He had someone who could
>> help him with  that.  We chatted a little bit, obviously we touched
>> on the virus.  He  reported to me that Franklin County now has the
>> first reported case of  the virus.
>> So honestly, Im not sure if Im upset that I couldn't help him
>> because  of this, or to know that it's now in my county.
>> Thanks for listening.
>> Wendy @ Weld PL

Melanie Taylor Coombs
Adult Services Supervisor / Librarian
McArthur Public Library
270 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005