Sheri Sweet at work at the Blue Hill Public Library’s second floor technical services desk, which has been modified for safety. BLUE HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY PHOTO

Blue Hill library reopening July 1



BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Public Library will reopen its doors to the public on Wednesday, July 1, at 9 a.m., in accordance with Governor Janet Mills’ Stage 3 opening of Maine. The library will resume regular, pre-pandemic operating hours.

Certain health precautions will be taken. The first hour of each weekday is reserved for seniors and those with compromised immunity. No more than 25 people will be allowed in the building at one time. Anyone entering the library will be expected to wear a face covering. Patrons will be asked to spend 30 minutes or less in the building. The Larchwood Children’s Room will be open by appointment only, for one household at a time.

The library also will continue curbside services for books and other circulating items, and home delivery for those who cannot get to the library remains an option.

The library staff are excited to welcome patrons inside the library again and are working hard to address safety concerns. As it is for many local businesses, this will be a work in progress and the library staff will be happy to receive feedback and suggestions.

For more information call the library at 374-5515.

Upcoming events:

Stonewall National Monument Tour

Join National Parks Conservation Association and the Blue Hill Public Library for an online version of Stonewall National Monument tours on Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. The monument is in New York City and commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, protests against a 1969 raid by police on the Stonewall Inn for serving homosexual customers, which was prohibited by the state at that time. Please register in advance at bit.ly/bhplstonewall, or by calling 374-5515 to receive the link to join by Zoom.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Teens ages 12-plus are invited to join Teen Services and Outreach Librarian Kendall Chapman in a Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) creative writing challenge for the month of July. Get your pen and paper (or laptop) ready to start writing the story you want to tell. Meetings will be held via Zoom each week on Tuesdays, starting June 30, at 10 a.m. Learn tips from famous authors, participate in fun camp-themed activities, and discuss writing with peers. Registration is required and can be done using the library’s web calendar at www.bhpl.net or by calling the library at 374-5515 and leaving a message at ext. 22.

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