Update: new quarantine guidelines
Posted September 3, 2020
New research confirms that the virus remains viable on library materials in a stacked configuration longer than previously thought. We quarantine in stacks because there is not enough space to spread items out. As a result, effective immediately all items that come into the library (whether via your returns or our statewide delivery service) will be quarantined for 7 days. Our prior quarantine period was 72 hours.
All returned items will be back-dated and no fines should accrue; however, if you see a fine on your record and believe it was inaccurately recorded, please call us at 978-779-2839 so that we can investigate the issue.
Another update: extended service hours start 8/11, and MORE
Posted August 5, 2020
Starting Tuesday, 8/11 contactless pickup will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday 10-5.
Starting Saturday, September 5, contactless pickup will also be offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 pm.
The book return is now open 24/7. As always, we're asking that returned items NOT be placed outside the book return where they could be damaged, lost, or stolen. If the return fills up over the weekend, bring your items back another time.
Update, and more good news!
Posted July 28, 2020
More big news! Starting today, when an item(s) you requested arrives at the library, you'll automatically receive a text message or email*.
The staff will check the item out to you, wrap it, put your initials and house number on it, and put it in the entry for pickup. You'll have 7 days to retrieve your item (after that, it must be returned to circulation).
The entry is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Fridays 10-5.
When picking up your item, please observe CDC guidance about masks, hand sanitation, and distancing.
*If you told us that the best way to reach you is by phone, we will of course call you. We'll also call about craft kits and book packs ordered through our online forms.
Update, and good news!
Posted July 21, 2020
The staff and Trustees of the Bolton Public Library wish to thank residents for their patience, cooperation, and enthusiastic use of our contactless pickup service. We have a couple of positive developments to report:
Announcing a new local history project!
Posted June 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unfolding global event with historic significance. Years from now, people will want to make sense of what happened and understand how it affected ordinary folks. Most of the first drafts of this history are being written exclusively in digital media: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. We're concerned that some of these memories and emotions will be lost over time if we don’t take intentional steps to preserve them.
During tumultuous times like these, the Bolton Public Library believes that there is value in reflecting and documenting our lived experience. We are therefore inviting all Bolton residents to participate in a creative documentary initiative we’re calling
Living Our Lives During COVID-19
The basic idea of the initiative is to collect and store the creative output of our residents during this pandemic. Beginning on July 6, 2020, we will be accepting submissions on an ongoing basis. Throughout the summer, we will provide some prompts in case people feel stuck. There is no correct submission, but here are just some ideas of what people could submit:
We are encouraging people to make hard copy donations so that we can have physical artifacts. Also, this pandemic has revealed how important it is to be physically connected to one another, and we believe that physical submissions are a substitute (albeit imperfect) for the human connection we’re all missing.
Please mail your submissions to: Bolton Public Library
P.O. Box 188
Bolton, MA 01740
ATTN: COVID-19 PROJECT
OR place your items in an envelope, box, or bag, label Pandemic Project, and leave on the tables in the entry. Please don't submit via the book return, where other incoming items may damage your submission.
Include your name, address, contact Information, and anything else you'd like future historians or researchers to know about you. Submissions to this effort are considered gifts to the Town of Bolton, without restriction, and as such are not returnable or negotiable.
If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact the Library Director, Kelly Collins, to discuss. That email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
New feature available for Overdrive users: Hold Redelivery
Posted March 2, 2020
Overdrive recently announced a new option for available holds in the library’s OverDrive collection: hold redelivery (or the “Deliver later” option). This feature gives you, the reader, more control over your holds, so you can borrow and read titles when it’s most convenient for you.
To support this feature, the automatic hold checkout setting will be removed from your library’s OverDrive collection. Any current holds will be updated to remove that setting, meaning users will need to manually borrow them when they’re available.
How does hold redelivery work?
Introducing Automatic Renewal of library materials
Posted July 10, 2019
Starting July 1, you might have noticed a new feature in our catalog and circulation system: physical materials (not downloadables) are being automatically renewed. This should prove to be a time-saver during the busy summer months and after! Patrons with email addresses in their records will be notified by email when an auto-renewal attempt is made. The email will list all items due on that date, whether the item was renewed, and if it wasn't, the reason why.
If you have questions or comments about auto-renewal, let us know!
Taijifit has a new home at the Library!
Posted November 1, 2018
We're pleased to announce a new partnership with the Council on Aging. Bolton's Taijifit classes for adults are now held at the Library every Thursday morning from 10-10:45 a.m.
What's Taijifit? It's a cross between fitness, Tai Chi, and meditation. Taijifit benefits both mind and body, reduces stress, and improves balance and coordination.
The class is open to adults including seniors, and costs $3 per session payable to certified instructor Kristin Higgins. For more information contact Shirley at sassyj555(at)gmail.com or 978-779-2216.