In an effort to allow access to the Church Library materials while limiting the number of people in the building, the Church Council has agreed to allow people to request books from an online list and to pick them up and return them under the portico from 12 to 1:30 on Tuesdays.
This is the process we will follow. First, let me say that we have not been sending out overdue notices since the shutdown began. There will be a bin for returns available whenever pickups are available, and we encourage you to return your books as soon as you can.
Below you will find a listing of books by author and title, broken down by Biography, Fiction, and Non-Fiction (i.e. Dewey call numbers). Use the tabs at the bottom to switch between genres. You can download and print this if you prefer but be aware that the files of all books by Author and Title are 25 pages each. The entire spreadsheet is 120 pages.
When you find a book you want on the list, make a note of author, title, and call number and email it to Don Dowdey, church librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have email, you can call him on his cell phone (432) 294-1391 and give him that information. Feel free to leave a message. As we start this program, we ask you to limit your requests to 3 per week. Depending on how it goes, we may be able to increase that later.
On Tuesdays from 12 to 1:30, come by the church portico—please wear a mask. Drop off any books you have to return, and pick up your books, which will be in a brown paper bag with your name on it. When you return books checked out after Sept. 22, please return them in the bag so that it can be reused. Don will be available to help if you have any problems.
Current CDC guidelines indicate that Covid-19 does not transmit easily from paper and similar porous materials. It does not live long on such materials, and it is very hard to get it out of paper so that it can be transmitted through the air. The CDC recommends letting returned books sit for 24 hours before processing, and we will observe that waiting period. We will also prepare your checked-out books 24 hours ahead of time, so the virus will have time to break down.
We will continue to be lenient about returning books since the time available to do so is limited. However, we ask that in general, you do not request any books until you are ready to return the ones you have. Of course, you may request some books and return the ones you have the same week.
This is a learning process. We will keep you updated about any changes that become necessary.
Don Dowdey – PHCC Librarian