Covid-19 Update and Library Services

Dear Sharon Community:
      The Sharon Public Library has been open to the public since July 9, 2020, and has kept the book bin open throughout the entire pandemic to help serve your needs.  We have moved our programming online and created story and craft materials to help you stay connected.  Governor Baker has determined that the time has come for us to move forward.  On behalf of the Staff, we all wish to thank you for your cooperation and your commitment to this library throughout the pandemic and we want to welcome you back to our "new normal".   

The library will be open at full capacity with mask and distancing restrictions for all patrons who are not fully vaccinated as of June 1st. Fully vaccinated includes the two weeks after the second Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the Johnson & johnson vaccine. For those who are fully vaccinated, the mask and distancing restrictions were lifted by Governor Baker to take effect as of May 29th.  The library will make the appropriate changes to begin June 1st following Town Administration requirements. 

How will we keep you safe?   Patrons will find hand sanitizer throughout the building, you are welcome to wear your mask, and distance yourself in the building if that makes you feel more comfortable.  The plexiglass barriers around public staff desks will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Curbside pickup will continue to help serve your needs.  Please register for this service.

The Community Room will be returned to its pre-covid state and be available for you to request reservations. Remember to check out the many toys and kits that are available. Computers will be returned as software and hardware updates and upgrades have been completed. 

 

Sharon Public Library receives grant

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners approved a provisional Open grant for $9,100 for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) special project, award number LS-246159-OLS-20.  The Sewing Threads of Diversity Grant has funded sewing machines, sewing kits, instructions, and special programming to teach the art of sewing, quilting, and crafting for inclusion and diversity. 
 


Now live at the Sharon Public Library, Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for everyone who wants to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest like coding. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills.
 

Now introducing... LibFix!



Don't want to browse the shelves, but want some new materials? Check out our new "LibFix" service for patrons of all ages! Whether you want 1 title or a whole bundle of 5 titles on a topic of your choice, our collection experts are ready to hand-select items to suit your unique reading and/or watching interests! Get started here: tinyurl.com/spl-libfix

Please note: We will do our best to accommodate your interests with what is currently available at the Library. We hope you will discover some new favorites through this service! After each LibFix, you'll have the opportunity to provide us with feedback, so that we can further hone our understanding of your reading/watching tastes.

Once you've received notification that your items are ready for pickup, please follow our Curbside Pickup instructions (above) and select a time slot to pick up your LibFix.
 
Please limit your request to 1 LibFix per patron each time. LibFixes are available for books/audiobooks or DVDs.
    The Friends of the Sharon Public Library are accepting Books only which can be dropped off at the Sharon Shaw's Plaza in the book collection bins.  Donation guidelines 
For more information please see friendsofsharonpubliclibrary.org 
                                            

Temporary Remote Access to Ancestry.com!

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely through June 30, 2021, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Click here for temporary remote access through our databases page.

Instructions:
Follow the link to our Genealogy Databases page (above). Click on the link for temporary remote access. You will be taken to our Catalog; log in using your Sharon Public Library card number and PIN ('ocln' is the standard assigned PIN for SPL cards). Click on the Ancestry.com logo (Ancestry Library Edition) under the words "Access Ancestry." Only Sharon residents will be able to access this service. If you have questions or need help, call 781-784-1578 x1422 or use our Ask a Librarian function.

Online & Remote Access Tools Through SPL

If you are practicing social distancing, self-isolation, or simply exercising due caution, the Library can help you stay connected and safe through our online and remote access tools:
  • Overdrive and its corresponding free app, Libby, allow users to borrow and read or listen to e-books and e-audiobooks on their computers, phones, tablets, or other devices. Get started on your computer by visiting Overdrive and signing in using your library card and PIN (the standard PIN is "ocln"); or by downloading Libby onto the device of your choice for free.
  • The New York Times is available for free online. To access it, visit the Library's catalog and click "New York Times" on the left-hand sidebar. Click "Redeem" next to the digital access code provided, then sign in or create a free account. When your code runs out after 72 hours, simply get a new one by following this process again.
  • Hoopla provides limited streaming access to movies, TV shows, e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Access it through the hoopla website or by downloading the hoopla app (Apple, Android) and sign in or create an account using your library card number. Please note: SPL has a limit of 2 borrows per month for hoopla users.
Need assistance? Have questions? Check out our Help & Support page.

Still stuck after that? Contact our Reference Team through our Ask a Librarian tool.

 

Did you know that SPL is offering Curbside Pickup Services?



                                    

It's an easy, safe, and efficient way to get your Library materials! Here's how it works:
 
1) Place your holds online via the OCLN catalog, or by calling 781-784-1578. If you call the library, please be aware it may take time for library staff to respond. Phone lines will be busy, and staff will be managing operations in the building simultaneously. We thank you in advance for your patience.
 
2) Wait until you receive a notice that your materials are ready; then, select a time slot for curbside delivery at the library's Eventkeeper calendar. You will be required to select a specific time for pickup of library materials. If you need to pick up your library materials within an hour of registering for curbside pickup, please call the library after you register so that library staff can have the materials ready when you arrive.
 
3) Please arrive on time to your curbside delivery time. The library staff member will leave your library materials on the available cart. You may exit your vehicle and retrieve your materials. They will already be checked out to you. 
 
 Please observe all social distancing requirements as you collect your materials; and make sure that you are taking the correct bag (with your name on it), as there may be more than one bag of materials on the table at times.
 
For all other questions, please refer to the SPL Curbside Delivery FAQ. And thank you in advance for helping to make curbside delivery safe for staff and patrons alike!

Introducing Wowbrary!

Would you like to hear about bestsellers, movies, music, and audiobooks almost as soon as they arrive here at the library? We are excited to offer free Wowbrary email alerts that showcase our newest items each week.
Wowbrary alerts are free and do not require a library card. Sign up or learn more.