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July 2 2020

Information about Re-opening the Edison Public Library to the Public

  • The Main Library, at 340 Plainfield Avenue, will re-open to the public beginning Monday July 13, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
  • Entrance will be through the parking lot doors, with exiting by the Division Street door (Adult level) or the Emergency Exit (Youth level). A security guard will monitor access. You may need to wait outside if the interior has reached its capacity.
  • Patrons must wear a face mask to enter, and while in, the building, and are expected to follow social distancing (6’) guidelines.
    • If you are unable to wear a mask but require library services, you will be given a library phone number to call to arrange alternative service.
    • Patrons will need to show a library card to the security guard in order to enter, and state which department (Children’s or Adult) you are going to, so we can maintain the stated limits on building capacity.
    • Children who come to the library and are under the age of twelve must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.
  • Library services will be limited to selecting books and media, and asking reference questions.
    • No computers or copiers will be available for public use until further notice. This service will resume at some point in the future when we can control the use and cleaning of that equipment. Library staff computers are not available for printing during this time, either.
    • No seating or study tables will be available at first, either. Materials must be checked out and taken home. All returned materials are being quarantined for 72 hours.
    • Vending machines will be available, but food and drink must be consumed outside the library. No food may be brought into the library.
    • Restrooms will be for patrons only, and will be single use; once used, they will be locked until the cleaning crew arrives in the evening.
    • No meetings or programs will be held in the Library at least through Labor Day.
    • Holds can be placed on materials, beginning Thursday July 9. Due to the lack of statewide and local delivery service, holds can only be placed at the branch you are willing to pick the material up at.
  • If all works as expected, we will add some morning and evening hours at Main for the following week, and then begin to resume hours at North. Clara Barton will resume some hours after we are confident we can handle the new procedures. Please check our website and our Facebook page for the latest information.
  • The Children’s Department has set up a variety of take-away crafts, and is ready to promote the annual Summer Reading Program virtually. Summer Reading for adults will be promoted, as well.
  • Beginning July 13, librarians will be available by telephone or at helpdesk@edisonpubliclibrary.net from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Monday through Wednesday at Main and at North, and 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Thursday and Fridays. Reference questions, book holds, and other “not-in-person” business can be transacted during those hours.
  • The North Edison Branch will re-open to the public, with limited hours at first, beginning July 27. More details will be published closer to that date.
  • Telephone service will resume at Clara Barton when that branch is re-opened, hopefully in August. More details will be published closer to that date.

Reopening Information:

June 26 2020

To our patrons:

Earlier this week, Gov. Murphy announced that public libraries may re-open as of July 2, at 25% capacity. The Edison Public Library will be re-opening to the public soon, but not on that date.

The Library would normally be closed on Friday July 3 in observance of Independence Day, which falls on a Saturday this year. So, we will be opening after that weekend, but the specific date will be announced as soon as all is ready.

As noted in my message of June 12 (below), we will re-open when it is safe for staff and public to interact. We are installing protective barriers, and supplying staff with protective gear. We expect those to be in place soon.

When the Edison Public Library re-opens in July, it will be with the following conditions:

  • The Main Library, at 340 Plainfield Avenue, will open first. Entering will be through the parking lot doors, and exiting by the Division Street door.
  • Patrons must wear a face mask to enter, and while in, the building, and are expected to follow social distancing (6’) guidelines.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask but require library services, you will be given a library phone number to call to arrange alternative service.
  • Patrons will need to show a library card to the security guard in order to enter, and state which department (Children’s or Adult) you are going to, so we can maintain the stated limits on building capacity.
  • No computers will be available for public use at first. This service will resume at some point in the future when we can control the use and cleaning of that equipment.
  • No seating or study tables will be available at first, either. Materials must be checked out and taken home. All returned materials are being quarantined for 72 hours.
  • Restrooms will be for patrons only, and will be single use; once used, they will be locked until the cleaning crew arrives in the evening.
  • No meetings or programs will be held in the Library at least through Labor Day.
  • The hours for the first week at Main will be 1 to 5 pm. If all works as expected, we will add some morning and evening hours at Main for the following week, and then begin to resume hours at North. Clara Barton will resume some hours after we are confident we can handle the new procedures.
  • The Children’s Department has set up a variety of take-away crafts, and is ready to promote the annual Summer Reading Program virtually. Summer Reading for adults will be promoted, as well.
  • Children who come to the library and are under the age of twelve must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.

We are operating in a new environment, and are moving carefully to ensure that everyone – patrons and staff – will be safe while on our premises. Please bear with us as we navigate these uncharted waters together. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at edisondirector@lmxac.org.

W. Keith McCoy
Interim Library Director


Edison Public Library COVID-19 Memory Project

The Edison Public Library is gathering and preserving information concerning day to day life during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our residents. This is an important moment in history. Your response will be documented in our digital archives so future generations may understand its impact on our people, society and culture.

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We look forward to your feedback!


Coronavirus Information:

Important Update

For information regarding Middlesex County COVID-19 Drive Through Testing, including criteria to receive testing, location and appointments dates, please visit:

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/COVID-19--Testing.aspx

If a resident does not have access to the Internet or has connectivity problems, they are instructed to call 732-745-3100 to make an appointment (from 10am to 4pm).


Edison residents, who currently don't have a library card, can apply for and receive a temporary card while we're closed by clicking here .

What to do while your libraries closed?

State of New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub

Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 from Middlesex County Public Safety and Health

World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Star Ledger Access for Non-Subscribers


Tax Prep at The Edison Public Library

Need help filing taxes online? Click this link here to find helpful websites in preparation for filing your Federal and State Taxes.

VITA/UNITED WAY TAX PREPARATION at Edison Main Library
Because of the current concerns over the Coronavirus, United Way is temporarily suspending both In-Person and Drop-Off/Pick-Up tax return preparation through the end of this month, at all sites.

AARP has temporarily suspended tax return preparation over growing concerns of Coronavirus.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE VOLUNTARY INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM FROM UNITED WAY

As of March 20th the tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.

Due to concerns regarding the current health emergency, the UWCJ will continue to provide tax return preparation services, but only on an ‘ONLINE/VIRTUAL’ basis. All in-person tax-preparation appointments will be RESCHEDULED to ‘ONLINE/VIRTUAL’ appointments.

The United Way of Central Jersey UWCJ will work to limit VITA volunteer and staff interaction with VITA taxpayer clients.

Most of the remaining one-day VITA events scheduled for this 2019-2020 Tax Season will be CANCELLED.

*FOR ACUITY ONLINE REMOTE SCHEDULING VISIT:   https://UWCJTaxPrep.as.me/ 

This platform requires patrons to give consent, and to upload their documents to a secured portal site with United Way. Taxpayers can expect a 7-10 day turnaround.


SkillUp™ Middlesex

Visit SkillUp Middlesex for Free Online Job Training made available through the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development. Enhance your skills or obtain industry-recognized certifications by taking advantage of over 4,500 FREE online courses developed by Skillsoft, a training provider used by thousands of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. This flexible, self-paced learning environment allows you to choose from a variety of courses such as Project Management, transportation, hospitality, Human Resources, accounting and more.

Any resident of Middlesex County may register at:
http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/SkillUp.aspx


New Jersey State Library launches Virtual Library Comic Convention

The New Jersey State Library announced the availability of more than 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content free to all residents of New Jersey throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the Covid-19 pandemic. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.

On July 30, 2020, the New Jersey State Library will also participate in the Virtual Library Comic Convention, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent. We encourage you to invite anyone, particularly the youth in your communities, to attend this free event. During the convention, librarians will talk about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. More details on the online event will be released soon.

All of the eBooks are available in an unlimited, simultaneous use model and served to patrons via geolocation. The collection is free to libraries and patrons in participating states through August 31st and will serve as a valuable tool in statewide summer reading program support for all libraries. To access the New Jersey comic and graphic novel collection, visit: https://njslvlcc.biblioboard.com/home