I hope this message finds you all well and answers any questions you may have regarding the temporary closing of the library. We are closed in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-9, mandating library closures. Libraries are an essential and integral part of any community. It’s important to remember that the library is still here, we just had to close the doors for a little while. Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support.
With all the uncertainty in the world right now, one thing I do know is our doors will open again and when they do we’ll be ready with all kinds of BSDL magic. What color will Miss Kaitlin's hair be? I know mine will be a lot grayer. We really can’t wait to see you all again soon. Please be safe and remember we’re all in this together.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. We’re listening. You may email us email@example.com, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can even text us at 231-216-2786.
Q: Why did you close?
A: On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Whitmer released an executive order closing all schools at the close of the school day, Friday March 13th. By Friday morning, warnings were being sent through multiple library communication networks recommending library closure. Libraries, including Benzie Shores, made the difficult decision to close their doors. By Saturday, the Michigan Library Association issued a recommendation to all libraries in the state to close. By Monday, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-9, mandating library closures.
Q: Will you offer curbside service?
A: Not yet. As this is new territory for all of us, there are many unknowns. WIth those unknowns, there is no guarantee that the distribution of library materials would not spread the virus. Several of our staff live with and are caregivers for high risk and/or immunocompromised people we love very much. Recommendations from health officials at this time are to not offer curbside service for anything other than food and medicine.
I’ve been in communication with several library directors in the region. We all have broken hearts and ask for your patience. Please help us promote and practice social distancing and know that we will get library materials to you as soon as it is safe to do so.
Q: My books are due, when do I return them?
A: You can return books at any time in the library’s drop box, or hang on to them. All due dates have been extended until we reopen.
Q: I don’t have my library card number and I need it to access online materials.
A: Contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can text the library at 231-216-2786. A staff member will contact you with your card number.
Q: I don’t have a library card. Can I still access online services?
A: Contact the library at email@example.com, or call 352-4671 and leave a message. You can text the library at 231-216-2786. We can create a temporary account for eligible district residents and students.
Q: I don’t have internet access at home? How can my child access their online assignments?
A: The school districts in Benzie county are geographically some of the largest in the state. Unfortunately, our rural district is full of internet dead zones, meaning high speed internet is simply not available, or too expensive for many families. The library’s wifi is available from the parking lot. Several internet providers are temporarily offering their services to students for free. Visit https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers to see what options are available.
Both Frankfort Elberta Area Schools (352-4641) and Benzie Central Schools (882 – 9653) are working with families to find distance learning solutions. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school for assistance.
Q: When will you reopen?
A: As soon as it is safe to do so.