COVID-19

Update on services for 8/31/20

With the exception of Saturday, our hours have returned to normal! Current hours are:

Mon: 9am – 4pm
Tues: 9am – 7pm
Wed: 9am – 7pm
Thurs: 9am – 7pm
Fri: 9am – 4pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Inter-library loan is back. While there may be longer transit times due to continued safety precautions and quarantine procedures, we are back to receiving interlibrary loans on our regular, five days a week schedule.

You can browse the collection in the library! Patrons are welcome to come in and look for books, DVDs, etc. in both our Adult and Youth Services departments. The following rules and restrictions are currently in place:

* Masks are required for browsing. If you don’t have a mask or can’t wear one, we have some to give out and are also happy to retrieve items for you. Curbside service remains available as well.
* Patrons are asked to maintain 6ft social distancing between themselves and other patrons. Please, only one patron/family per aisle at a time.
* Capacity is limited to 15 patrons per floor. With this in mind, please make selections in a timely manner.
* Wireless printing is available and staff can assist in making photocopies or sending faxes. Our wifi and printers have been upgraded so wireless printing is a (mostly) seamless process.
* Patrons are asked to limit contact with the collection. Please only touch what you intend to take. If you pick up an item and decide you don’t want it after all, please place it on the quarantine table.
* Meeting room use and in-house programming are not available at this time.
* Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building

We hope to see you soon!

Curbside pickup now available! Here’s how!

  1. Request your items in Minerva at: minerva.maine.edu
  2. Wait for a confirmation (email, text, phone call) stating your items are ready to be picked up
  3. Schedule a pickup time by visiting: baxterlibrary.youcanbook.me
  4. Arrive at your designated time, park at any of the three “Curbside” spots, and call the dedicated curbside number at (207) 222-1178
  5. Staff will bring your items out to your vehicle all checked out and ready to go!

Town of Gorham Facilities Will Reopen June 1, 2020 

For full press release click HERE

BML Reopens June 1st, 2020 with limited services:

More information will be posted as we move forward with our reopening.

Happy day to readers everywhere! The Baxter Memorial Library will be opening on Monday, June 1, 2020 with limited services. Here is what you can expect when visiting the library:

Returning Items:
All items checked out to patrons before the library’s closure have been extended through July 10th, 2020. Please do not worry about returning your items right away but our book drops are open. If you have returned items and they are still on your account, please be patient, they might be sitting on a table waiting for staff to check them in. We will be checking in items after a quarantine of 72 hours. Time is the best method we have for ensuring books and other returned items are safe for staff to handle.

Visiting the library:
We can only admit a limited number of Baxter Library cardholders at any one time based on guidelines from the Maine Library Commission and the State of Maine. Signs outside the library will indicate where to wait before a librarian will usher you into the building. While families and other groups are not prohibited, patrons are encouraged to visit the library by themselves due to our occupancy restrictions. Visitors will be required to wear a mask while in the library.

If you are unable to wear a mask or would rather not enter the library, we are offering a new Curbside service. Holds can be placed as usual and an appointment slot reserved once items are available for pickup. More details on the curbside service will be posted on our website. The three 15 minute parking spots closest to the library will be designated for curbside service only.

Due to the occupancy constraints we will begin our reopening by operating a “local holds only” system with no browsing the collection or access to the children’s room. For “eyes only” browsing we will be placing book bundles and highlighting new titles near the circulation desk to easily check out on a whim!

While you are encouraged to request our items for pickup, interlibrary loan requesting remains suspended statewide. We will post an update as soon as it resumes. Holds may be placed online through the Minerva catalog, by phone, and in person at the library. Staff will be pulling books multiple times a day!

We will be constantly reevaluating how our services will operate and will keep you updated on any changes as they happen.

Please be patient with us while we figure out this new method of doing business. We hope to see you soon!

Library Cards & Materials

On all items that previously had due dates from February 1st onward were updated with a blanket due date of July 10th. In the event that the library and/or the Minerva system remain closed even longer, those due dates will be updated automatically. Please hold onto items at this time and don’t worry about returning them to the library at this time.

Existing library patrons:
All library cards that expired between January 1st, 2019 and June 30th, 2020 have now been automatically updated through June 30th, 2020.

If you do not know your card number or your account expired before 01/01/2019 and would like to access online resources please use the Contact Us form.


Online Library Resources

Helpful resources to stay informed about COVID-19 can be found HERE, including links to the Maine CDC.

The South Portland Public Library has posted an article titled Fake News, Reliable Sources, COVID-19 Information and You.

Many library resources are available online and can be accessed from anywhere including Digital Maine Library, cloudLibrary, and more! We’ve created a new page for our website: BML @ Home that links to resources we already had available for patrons as well as newly accessible ones as content creators are opening restrictions to libraries and educators!

digital maine library

cloudlibrary

Click HERE for more information.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease that causes flu-like symptoms. Most cases are mild to moderate. Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may include: fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.

Source – MaineHealth. (2020, March 13). COVID-19. https://mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus

Informational Links about COVID-19

Maine CDC:
Maine CDC hosts regular COVID-19 media briefs.

You can sign up for updates on public health from the Maine CDC at:
www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/

MaineHealth:
MaineHealth is in daily contact with Maine CDC and US CDC to monitor the spread of the outbreak.

Medlineplus (and links to CDC, other resources)

Federal CDC
CDC Summary of COVID-19
John Hopkins University

World Health Organization (WHO)

Worldometer
Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.

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www.cnn.com/2020/03/08/us/hand-washing-songs-decades-trnd/index.html

How can I protect myself and my family?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Call your family doctor if you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing AND

  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR
  • Have recently traveled to an active outbreak area

Please do not go straight to a hospital or other health care facility. Call your doctor first. They’ll need to prepare for your arrival. Your doctor will also work with the state’s public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Source – MaineHealth. (2020, March 13). COVID-19. https://mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus