Dear Friends of the Library,
It was a year ago that our lives changed in a way that nobody would have ever thought possible. We definitely didn’t know what we were in for. With all the mandates and closures, life as we knew it became a distant memory, a distant thought; but the most important thing was that our patrons, friends, families, and our communities were safe and healthy. We at the Long Lake Public Library have had a very different year as I am sure most of you have. We are very hopeful for life to regain some type of normal again and be able to continue all the wonderful activities that our little library provides for the community and the surrounding communities.
Even with all the changes that the library faced during 2020, we still did our best to meet the needs of our community. Our regular monthly Children’s Story and Activity Hour had to come to a complete halt due to restrictions and unfortunately, we are still not able to continue them due to the amount of people we are allowed in the library at the same time. Our creativity has come into place, and we found it important to still be able to meet with the children and give them some story time, so we provided online story hours, and during the summer months we joined with the local recreation department to do weekly story hours outside at the local gazebo. Families came with blankets, and sat far apart for social distancing, while we read them a story and the recreation department provided them with a craft to take home. The families in the community were very responsive, and were very grateful to have this event during the very different times. We plan to do more online, and safe outdoor activities this summer for our families.
As for our Adult programs, they were off to a great start at the beginning of 2020. We had adults coming to the library for monthly Crafting with Lisa classes and coming to our weekly bone builders’ classes. We had plans to continue our other programs such as the Let’s Talk About It program, but due to restrictions we were not able to provide this for our patrons this past year.
With all the changes that surrounded us, we were still able to find safe ways to let patrons enjoy the books from our library. Whether it was curb side pick up, drop box, or allowing people to come by appointment, we made sure our patrons always had some good titles to read! We are very pleased that we were able to provide for our patrons and that our patrons were respectful of all the new guidelines that were put into place. We were more than happy to see our patrons take advantage of the library this past year when most other places were closed.
Even with all of the craziness that the past year has brought us, we again, are humbled by all of your donations, whether it be books or monetary, we are forever grateful. If It wouldn’t be for your wonderful generosity we would not be where we are today. We have become a wonderful place for people to gather, people to depend on, and a place where all are welcomed. We have had some very successful fundraisers, a quilt expo, a monthly craft and vendor fair, raffles, etc. We have received a $1,000 grant form the Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund to purchase large print titles, and monies from our local communities, but our biggest monetary support comes from our regular annual givers. It is because of all of you that our Library is able to keep its doors open and continue offering books, activities, guidance, and so much more to the communities near and far. We would like to thank you in advance for considering making a donation of your choice to our library and for your donations in the past.
The Long Lake Public Library Board of Directors and Librarian’s goal is to meet our patrons’ needs the best way possible, please feel free to let us know what else you would like to see happening at our library, we are always open to suggestions!
Long Lake Public Library Board of Directors: Jackie Ayotte, DW, President; Denise Ouellette, Vice- President, Deborah Lavoie, Secretary; Karen Chasse Plourde, Treasurer; Terry Ouellette, Nicole Beaulieu, Claudia Morin, Francine Lagasse, Jenna St-Onge, Directors