Starting Monday, July 6th, the Library will be open for browsing and limited services Monday thru Friday, from 9:30, am to 5 pm.
Due to square footage calculations, we will be welcoming patrons 5 at a time, for 30-minute sessions, into the building. If you'd like to make sure that you won't have to wait too long to get into the building, you may call ahead and we can tell you whether there is a line or not or how long until the next opening.
For the safety of all, masks will be required to be in the building. Should you not have one with you, we have some that we can hand out. When going into the stacks to browse, you'll see some one-way arrows to follow as there just isn't passing room in the rows. Before you enter the stacks, please make sure to have either used our hand sanitizer or grab a pair of gloves. Any books that you've touched and have chosen not to take home with you just set them down on the quarantine tables. They will be brought downstairs and quarantined for 72 hours.
For our staff's safety, please stay behind the sneeze guards. It'll be so easy to move around the sneeze guards to say hello, but we'll all work to avoid that. Please adhere to 6-foot distancing To help, we have put guides on the floors.
We are making the Children's Room available for families by appointment. You'll get 30 minutes for everyone to browse around. We will provide gloves for adults and we ask that they handle the books and give to the kiddos to word or picture read. There will be a table set aside to put all books handled into our 72-hour quarantine area. Rest assured, there will be a 30-minute window between families using the room for us to disinfect high touch areas and remove the happily used books and other items. You can call ahead and book an appointment or see if the room is being used. If not, you can come right on down!
The Genealogy Room is accepting 2-hour bookings. Please call ahead to make an appointment or see if the room is currently being used.
We will have 3 computers for 30-minute use.
We will have printing available but as we cannot take cash for printing and copying at this time, we would greatly appreciate your donation put into the jar next to the machine.
We will be continuing to provide Curbside service on Main Street for the months to come. Please don't hesitate to use the service.
While the Library will look a bit different when you next come in, it will always be your library and we are so glad to be able to open the doors to welcome you back. We've missed you all terribly!
Children's Summer Reading Program
June 15 - August 15
This years theme is Imagine Your Story. Join Miss Sheila with this adventure. You can email her at or click here for more details.
Teen Summer Reading Program
June 15 - August 15
Register to get your Bingo card and be entered to win a weekly raffle for your choice of a book! Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Bicentennial Summer Reading Program
June 15 - August 15
Call, or email us and you can either pick up your bingo card curbside or can we email you the bingo card! There will be weekly prizes and a special prize for the finalist! Call us or email to register.
Engineer a Fairytale!
We've partnered with the Children's Museum of New Hampshire to bring you Engineer a Fairytale. There are all kinds of fun engineering kits like The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstock, and more.
NEW - MAINERS on MAIN
Thursdays at 6:00 pm
Mainers on Main is our new adult programming adventure. Every Thursday through August, we will have a new and exciting program on Facebook Live at 6:00 pm.
July 6: Chick Watch
Sam's family of chickens (they're really part of their family.
July 9: Colleen Raney & Hanze Ararki (Part of the Summer
Music Series) share their stunning vocals and Irish instruments that encapsulate the nature of traditional and contemporary folk music.
July 16: Join Bruce McMillan and his Remarkable Riderless
Runaway Tricycle at Cape Porpoise, Maine where he will paint an original watercolor while
being interviewed by Springvale Public Library's Director, Lesley Unger. The actual tricycle from the book will be there, where it was photographed for six pages of The Remarkable Riderless Runaway
Tricycle. Just as Helen Schepens-Kraus was painting a watercolor when the tricycle rolled by on page 25 of the book, Bruce will be painting with the tricycle nearby. Hopefully, it won't roll off the dock like
it did in the book.
July 23: Röhm America donated the beautiful Acrylite
Sneeze Guards that you'll find in the Library. Brian, from Röehm will have a treat for us. I can't wait to see what it'll be!
July 30: TBA
June 24, 2020
This week we have been brought face to face with the pandemic of racism and we can not remain silent. It is easy to say that Black Lives Matter but the subtext needs to be acknowledged that Black Lives Matter because blacks are not given the same guarantee of safety, justice, and opportunity to live a free life that I, as a middle-class white privileged person, is offered.
Summer Music Series
We are so lucky to kick off our summer music series, sponsored by the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce and corporate sponsor Partners Bank,
All concerts are Thursday nights at 6:00 pm on Face
Thursday, July 9, Wildwoods Musicians, Colleen Raney, and Hanze Rarki will share their stunning vocals and Irish instruments that encapsulate the nature of traditional and contemporary folk music.
Stay tuned for future announcements about our Summer Music Series!
Curbside Pick Up
We are so thrilled to offer contactless curbside services beginning Monday, June 1 with services Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Curbside pick up will be on MAIN STREET. If you’re having someone else pick up your items, please make sure you let us know. We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with happenings.
To request items you may:
You are welcome to choose 10 items per curbside pickup. Add a surprise Wild Card book or a children’s picture book stack for fun. You may also request DVDs, audiobooks, or puzzles.
Not sure what you’d like to read? Try these tools.
Novelist https://library.digitalmaine.org/ will give you read-a-likes and ideas. When you get to Digital Maine Library from this link just scroll down to Novelist
Goodreads - Meet Your Next Favorite Book https://www.goodreads.com/
Literature Map https://www.literature-map.com/
Have an author you like, Literature Map gives you a literature cloud based on the similarity of the author you like.
What Should I Read Next https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
When you know what you’d like, contact the library to make sure that we have the item, or check the online catalog https://mils.maine.edu/search~s24 . The State Library will begin ILL services early July. When you call to request items, you will be asked which day you would like to pick up and to choose a 30-minute time slot to reduce the amount of time you may need to wait. Please tell us the make and color of your vehicle.
What To Expect When You Pick Up
In order to assure a safe experience for you and for our staff, we will bag your items in a paper bag and put your first name on it. When we gather your items, staff will be masked, and gloved. The items you receive will have a 5 day quarantine period before they are bagged.
Contactless Pick Up
We will keep an eye out for you during your pick up slot. To ensure prompt pick up, please call us when you arrive at the library. If you are unable to do so, please call before you leave.
When you get here, please stay in your car until we bring your bag out. Staff will approach the table gloved, and masked, and will set your bag down. They will back up 6 feet. Once they are back, you may approach the table.
The book return is now open 24 hours. We are unable to accept returns at curbside but you are welcome to return your items in the book drop at the rear of the building. These items will then be quarantined for 5 days before they return to circulation. If it’s raining, you can still pick up holds. We’ll have a pop-up tent over the table.
We will keep your items on the hold shelf for 7 days before the hold expires. After 7 days, you’d need to request the items again.
Do you still see overdue books on your account? Not to worry, they are probably in our quarantine room. Have fines? Not to worry, you can still do curbside pickup.
We miss you all and can’t wait to see you. We are so happy that we can provide this service to you and am looking forward to being able to open the building when it is safe.
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