Coming Together in a Time of Isolation
As our world, our country, and our community faces the COVID-19 pandemic head on, the Springfield-Greene County Library has found a way to combat the obstacles this brings and how to come together while doing so.
Obstacles? Nothing the Library Couldn't Handle
The pandemic has provided every organization with their own set of challenges, but the Library has experienced some difficulties unique to them. For an organization that relies on providing the community with materials, Katy Pattinson, Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Manager, sheds light on new procedures the Library has put in place and what those look like.
Ensuring the Public
The Library prioritizes safety of their patrons and staff over anything else, but getting that message out presented its own set of hurdles. Kathleen O'Dell, Community Relations Director, discusses how important it is to ensure every person that might walk through the Library doors that their safety is a priority, as well as their ability to obtain their materials.
How They've Come Together
In a time where it's safer to keep a distance, the Library has been able to come together in ways they couldn't have imagined before. With the new surge of virtual options, the Library's ability to reach out to patrons has expanded in different capacities. Jessie East, Library Center Branch Manager, explains how this pandemic has united the Library and the community, and what this might look like going forward.
The Springfield-Greene County Library has served as a place of sanctuary in a whirlwind of current events. Here are some ways to help the Library combat the obstacles they've faced and continue to grow closer as a community: