By Carol Meyer I miss visiting the Hingham Public Library!
From borrowing all the latest books and donating used novels to the library book store, to meeting with people I'm interviewing for stories and seeking research help from a friendly staff member, the library's closing due to the coronavirus threat leaves a big gap in its patrons' lives.
"These are unprecedented times, and the way we do business changes every day," Library Director Linda Harper said recently.
That said, while the library remains closed until at least May 4 in keeping with the town's physical closure of all non-essential municipal buildings, there's 24/7 access to online library services. The library's facebook page and website (hinghamlibrary.org) are updated regularly.
Many town employees are working from home to the extent possible, and the library staff is no exception. Virtual staff meetings are planned to explore ways the library can continue to provide services in various ways while it remains closed. No library materials will be due or fines accrued, and all holds have been extended during this challenging time. What do you miss most about the library? Are you accessing online services in the meantime?
Carol Britton Meyer is a freelance journalist with a passion for community news. After working in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom in a number of roles, she covered the Hingham Journal news beat. Carol is now a regular news contributor for the Hingham Anchor team, a reporter for the Hull Times, and a blogger for Harbor Media. A longtime Hingham resident, she has two grown sons -- Marc and Chris -- a granddaughter, Aida, and two dogs, a Chihuahua, Benji, and a Shih Tzu, Quinn, who all love the Hingham community.