Welcome to Your Reinvented Library
This National Library Week, the Danbury Library would like to take the opportunity to recognize and honor the immense effort, creativity, and resilience of all library staff who expanded and renovated their services in response to the constraints of the pandemic, and in doing so provided a different, but equivocal, library experience for all of our patrons, both new and long-standing.
This past year, each of us has been tasked with adapting, persevering, and indeed, reinventing, our “normal”. The Danbury Library poured a huge amount of hard work and enthusiasm into figuring out innovative ways to continue to serve our public while our building was closed to visitors. The strategies, skills, and talents we uncovered during this transformative period have helped us establish many new library options that we will continue to offer our patrons when we return to our regular library operations.
We learned how important it is for our patrons to be able to retrieve their materials in ways that are convenient to them. Going forward, Curbside Pick-up will remain an option for our patrons to collect their materials while on the go.
Danbury Library will continue to provide live and recorded virtual programming for all ages, and is developing the structure to livestream in-house events as often as possible once we are open to the public as a hybrid program option. The popularity of our virtual programming has revealed the need and desire from our community members to attend library events in a method/medium of their choice, and we are excited to continue these flexible new options.
For our patrons ready to get started borrowing digital media right away without a trip to the library, DPL now offers online card applications. These card numbers also work to put materials on hold for curbside pickup.
When live summer reading events were put on hold, Danbury Library acquired Beanstack, an app designed to allow adults, children, and families to participate in exciting challenges where they could log their time reading, complete fun activities and earn prizes along the way.
As in everything, there was a bright side to our building closure: we were able to make major progress on updates to the Junior floor with minimal inconvenience to our patrons. When the library reopens fully, families will enjoy beautiful new shelving, signage, and seating areas.
Patrons will be able to download the app from the apple app store or google play store to their phones and tablets on April 5th. The app provides quick access to account information, the catalog search, the event calendar, and library hours and directions. It stores library card information and links to popular library resources.