Weekly Nibble: May 1, 2020

This week has been another of highs and lows.

Professionally speaking, it’s going as well as it can right now. We are wrapping up our portion of setup for our new online summer reading program and getting ready to send it to the company for quality assurance. We are starting to look at what our summer programs might look like as virtual/take-home programming. I am still working on wrapping up my afterschool book club’s Battle of the Books (keep an eye on the Johnson City Public Library Facebook page tomorrow for the video I teased on Instagram and another chance to vote!).

Personally speaking, I am struggling. Some days are really nice. I’ve been trying to keep busy around the house. My husband and I have been tackling small projects here and there. I’ve still been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. I started a weekly Instagram Live session on my personal account called “Tea and a Project” where friends and I gather, chat, and work on creative endeavors. I’m trying to cope however I can.

As many of you may be aware, Tennessee has been gradually opening up certain businesses this past week, and if I’m being perfectly honest, it terrifies me. As everything else opens back up, it’s becoming inevitable that we at the library are getting closer to a reopening date. While we aren’t sure when it will be and that it is constantly a moving target, I am apprehensive to say the least.

I am fortunate to have caring supervisors who are involved in the decision-making process for reopening procedures, and I am certain that things will be thought through and handled with the utmost care and concern for the well-being of staff and patrons. But is anyone else experiencing anxiety about your library reopening? What do your phases of reopening look like? I’m curious to see what others are doing to stay safe while providing services.

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