Important Announcements from the Charles County Public Library

June 15, 2020

Welcome Back to the Charles County Public Library: A Phased Approach to Reopening

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We are happy to announce that the path to reopening CCPL has begun! Our reopening plan is a carefully thought out, phased approach that keeps the safety of our patrons and our staff at the top of our priority list. As we enter Phase 1, it’s important to remember that it’s not “back to normal,” but rather a gradual process of returning and discovering what are temporary, long-term, or even permanent changes. Our goal is to continue to create opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn, even when we cannot physically be in the library.

We are working closely with Charles County government and health officials to ensure we are following all guidelines and providing a safe library environment for our patrons and staff as we start to reopen our facilities and offer more in-person services.

When you return to the library, you’ll notice some changes in the way our spaces look, as well as new processes and protocols and service offerings. We will share all information about our new procedures and services as we move to each new phase, beginning with Phase 1. Below you will find what to expect from Phase 1, beginning on June 15, 2020.

On Monday, June 15, 2020 book drops will reopen at all of our branches and will be accessible 24/7. However, if you are unable or unwilling to come to one of our book drops, all fines will be waived until further notice. There will be no penalty for continuing to hold on to your materials. Please do not return mobile hotspots to the Book Drops. You may keep using those and return once our buildings reopen.

We will continue to provide online services via our virtual branch www.ccplonline.org. Please visit us online to learn more about our services, programs and free resources available to assist you both remotely and in person once we reopen. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ccplonline.

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Sincerely,

KennethWayne Thompson
Executive Director
Charles County Public Library

May 18, 2020

“A Letter to Our Community”

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Dear Library Community,

I sincerely hope this message finds you well.

Last week, Governor Hogan announced the implementation of Stage 1 of reopening Maryland effective May 15, at 5 PM. On Friday, May 15, at 5 PM the State lifted the “Stay at Home” order and implemented a “Safer at Home” standard.

While the Charles County Public Library does meet some of the criteria that the Governor outlined in his four building blocks to reopen, in the interest of safety our facilities will remain closed. On May 14, Charles County Commissioners announced the Stay-at-Home Order will remain in place in Charles County until May 29. I would like to assure you that I am working diligently to develop a safe and gradual plan that re-imagines a new library environment. Our goal will encompass a phased-approach to initiate a safe and sensible path to reopening in conjunction with County guidelines.

Meanwhile, our dedicated staff continues to work remotely, deliver new virtual programs, make more electronic resources available, provide Live Web Chat via our website, and work with local partners on community needs. This week we launched another opportunity for the community to connect to our staff through Telephone Reference. Our website and new blog, CCPL @ Home, seek to be reliable resources for our community throughout the recovery ahead. So even while we are at home, we are continuing to connect to our patrons in a meaningful manner.

While we assess our environment and plan various scenarios, many unknowns remain, including the timeline of future state and local orders.  However, we do know the return to our branches will not be a return to a pre-pandemic environment. The health, safety, and well-being of our staff and customers remains our highest priority.  State and local orders, along with guidance from health officials and the CDC, will continue to guide our plans.  Please know that we are as eager as you to get back into the library and back to serving this community that we care so deeply about.

Stay safe, stay healthy and continue to discover the endless possibilities through our virtual branch, www.ccplonline.org.

Sincerely,

KennethWayne Thompson
Executive Director
Charles County Public Library

PS  A reminder to keep and enjoy all materials at home until we reopen.  Fines are waived while our branches are closed.

March 31, 2020

All CCPL Branches Will Be Closed Until Further Notice

Our branches have been closed since March 13, 2020 and will remain so until further notice so that we can do our best to support the county, state and nationwide efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All programs and events have been canceled through April 30, 2020.

As this is an incredibly dynamic situation, we will continue to assess the crisis, consult with County officials and do our best to communicate as our operating status changes. The safety of our patrons, staff and community members is always our first priority. We know that every decision we make impacts the community we love and understand that life in Charles County has already been greatly affected by this changing situation.

We will continue to offer our community endless possibilities to engage, discover and learn from the safety and comfort of your own home. We have increased our funding of digital resources Overdrive and Hoopla.

  • Overdrive – allows library customers to borrow and read free e-books, audiobooks and magazines using a phone or a tablet. CCPL has curated a custom collection of titles developed specifically for our community.

  • Through Hoopla, customers can borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics and TV shows to enjoy on a computer, tablet or phone.

If you have any questions, our staff is regularly checking email and social media as we work from home to address any concerns or issues you may have. We want you to know that we are continuously working to make the best decisions possible during this unprecedented time.

From all of us at CCPL, please be safe and together we will make it through.

Sincerely,

KennethWayne Thompson
Executive Director
Charles County Public Library

March 19, 2020

Helping Get You Through The COVID-19 Crisis

Working from home? Trying to find more ways to keep your kids entertained while school’s out? Or are you just looking for more information on what’s going on and how it affects Charles County? Look no further, CCPL has got you covered.

We know this is a confusing time and there is a lot of information out there. Below we’ve compiled some resources and recommendations for our community to help get you through this crisis.

Library Resources @ Home

The library has unlimited access 24/7 through our website to eBooks, eMovies, eMagazines, comics, movies, TV, research databases and more for all ages. Here is a list of just some of the great things you are able to access from home:

  • Ancestry.com – Ancestry is allowing our customers to have remote access to the database from now till June 1st.  Patrons must use a library card barcode and password to access the site.
  • Lynda.com – Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics and software that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Charles County Public Library cardholder you can access Lynda.com content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by visiting the library’s Lynda.com site and entering your library card number and password/PIN (usually the last four digits of your telephone number).
  • Hoopla – Choose from 1000s of movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, comics, and audio books. We are happy to announce that we’ve INCREASED the borrowing limit on Hoopla from five to EIGHT checkouts per month. It’s more than we’ve ever offered before as our monthly checkout limit. Hoopla is popular because ALL of its items are instantly available, no hold lists.
  • RB Digital – Download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines in one app.
  • Librivox – FREE public domain audiobooks

For a list of all of our digital resources, go to https://www.ccplonline.org/read-watch-listen/downloads/

**REMINDER: The library is waiving ALL fines and fees during this period. All due dates and holds will be extended, with more information to come after the library is reopened. Customers are encouraged to stay home and keep their items at home, too, until the crisis is over. All book drops are currently closed.

The Library is also offering FREE wifi in all of our branch parking lots. Need to get out of the house? Come to one of our branches and access our wifi from the safety and comfort of your vehicle.

Community Resources

Thank you all for your support and understanding as we navigate this challenging time together.

Sincerely,

KennethWayne Thompson
Executive Director
Charles County Public Library

March 13, 2020

At CCPL, the health and well-being of our patrons and staff remains our highest priority. We understand the uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the concern about how it will impact our community. We have been closely monitoring the situation as well as the recommendations from the CDC, Charles County Department of Health and local government officials. After careful consideration and consultation with County officials, as well as our Board of Trustees, we have decided to close all CCPL branches effective at 5pm March 13, 2020.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our patrons and staff is our greatest concern. However, as this is an evolving situation we will continue to be in close contact with County health officials to make a determination of future operating status. The future schedule of events, programs and meeting room reservations will be reassessed on an ongoing basis to determine whether further closures and cancellations are needed with the hope of returning to our normal schedule as soon as possible.

The library is waiving all fines and fees during this period along with extending due dates until April 30, 2020. Customers are encouraged to stay home and keep their items at home, too, until the crisis is over. All holds will be extended for seven days after the date of reopening.

Books and Digital Resources

The library has unlimited access 24/7 through its website to eBooks, eMovies, eMagazines, comics, movies, TV, research databases and more for all ages. Visit https://www.ccplonline.org/ to access these digital resources remotely.

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect you and your family, we encourage you to visit the Charles County Department of Health website. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

Community Resources

Sincerely,

KennethWayne Thompson
Executive Director
Charles County Public Library