POLSON — With the continual increase in COVID-19 cases in Lake and surrounding counties, we have taken a few stricter measures to help protect our staff and patrons and to help keep us open. We are asking everyone to keep their visit to 30 minutes or less. For those needing to do essential work on a computer, we are allowing up to one hour in our study rooms. Essential work would include things like filing for unemployment, writing a resume, taking an exam, or doing work for your job. We are monitoring traffic and trying to keep the number of patrons in the building at one time to no more than 10. Masks have always been required, and must be worn at all times in the building over the nose and mouth. If you cannot or prefer not to wear a mask, curbside pickup is available. Please, if you are sick, have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive, if you have tested positive or if you are in quarantine, do not enter the building. You can call the library to make arrangements for curbside pickup, home or mail delivery. We also ask that you not return items until you are cleared; we can easily renew all materials for you or you can renew them online or through Shoutbomb.

Are you ready for holiday shopping? Did you know the library has a great little gift nook with many literary inspired gifts? Our gift nook will be on sale, 20% off beginning Black Friday, November 27 and continuing into December. Stop in and take a look. We’re sure you will find a great gift or stocking stuffer for the book lover in your life and you are supporting library services with each purchase.

Freegal has extended their 24/7 streaming through the end of the year. You can stream and download over 16 million songs and music videos for free with no ads. There are over 600,000 big name artists, over 200 different genres of music from 100 different countries. If you’re feeling crafty this holiday season, check out CreativeBug for all kinds of instructional videos for a multitude of various crafts. All of this is free with your free library card. Also, Kanopy has just added hundreds of series from A&E and the History Channel available to view for one credit and a 72-hour viewing period. Get ready to binge watch.

Don’t forget about our mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, funded in part with LSTA funding from the IMLS and administered by the Montana State Library. These are great to take in the car for your drive over the river and through the woods. You can connect multiple devices to just one hotspot, so the whole family can enjoy on their own device.

Visit our website at www.northlakecountylibrary.org for links, more information and to view our two job postings.

The library is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is open 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for those individuals who are considered to be high risk. Curbside pickup is available for everyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Masks are required. The library will be closed on November 11, 26 and 28. Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at polsoncl@polson.lib.mt.us with questions or to request curbside pickup.

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