BRISTOL – Manross Library in Forestville is also preparing to move toward hybrid programs, aiming to have some seating available in their downstairs meeting room in the near future.
Teresa Goulden, branch manager of the library at 260 Central St., said that, throughout the covid-19 pandemic and the state’s stages of re-opening, Manross has been following the example of Bristol Public Library.
“If a change implemented over there goes well, we implement it and progress forward here,” she said.
Like Bristol Public Library, Goulden said that Manross library has recently increased its capacity.
“We are a small library, so it’s not a huge increase, but if more than one family are in the building people are now a little more comfortable,” she said. “Overall, people are very cooperative and understanding.”
Goulden said that it was nice to see “a lot of familiar faces” coming back to the building to browse for books and movies, rather than just seeing them during Zoom programs.
“We’ve had people come in and tell me that while they don’t even go out to the grocery store, they have to come to the library to get books,” she said. “They say that they can’t live without it. Other people who are more comfortable going out have also been coming in and they practice all necessary safety measures. I think people are ready to be out more.”
Goulden said that although the downstairs meeting room at the library has a capacity of 100 people, the number of people there initially for programs will be closer to 10 or 12.
“We’ll probably set up stationary tables for seating,” she said.
Manross Library has been offering virtual programs via Zoom since June. Goulden said that these have been going well.
On Oct. 24, the library will have a craft activity for children at 11 a.m. which will show them how to make butterflies from magazine pages.
Manross library will also offer a virtual Social Nov. 9.
“We have a Social every month,” she said. “While we had been offering a veterans social for the past 10 years, we can’t have it this year; it wouldn’t be safe. But, we will have Cynthia Parzych present a program on her book on Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.”
The library also offers a Homeschool Club for homeschooled children ages 6 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday.
“One of the activities offered at Homeschool Club is ‘helping hands’ which encourages participants to make items that are then donated to a good cause in the community,” said Goulden. “They will also read a related story.”
For more information on Manross library, visit bristollib.com/manross or call 860-584-7790.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.