Megan Music in her PPE at the Library Bookdrops.

August 4, 2020

Dear library friends,

As you have no doubt heard, Jefferson County has been “paused” in Phase 2, and Governor Inslee has put an indefinite hold on allowing counties to advance to a higher phase. That means that the Jefferson County Library will continue to offer Phase 2 services–contactless curbside holds pickup and delivery. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow patrons into the building to browse materials, use computers, or engage in other in-library activities in August as we had hoped. Once Jefferson County has successfully advanced to Phase 3 and public libraries have been provided guidance for reopening, we look forward to welcoming you back into our building and onto our Bookmobile.

Until that time, we are continuing to expand our curbside services and online offerings. Throughout the month of August, we will be rolling out the following:

  • Wireless printing. The library has traditionally offered 5 free printed pages per day to its computer users. You can now use our remote wireless printing service to access this benefit—just email your file and pick up your prints when they are ready. Visit our wireless printing page for more information.
  • Laptop checkout. In early August, we will begin offering laptop checkout services at the library. Patrons will be able to reserve a laptop for a specific time and check it out at our curbside pickup. Laptops must stay connected to our library’s wireless network to function, so use will be restricted to the library grounds. Each laptop will be fully sanitized between uses.
  • “Personal Picks.” We know it’s challenging to find your next great read, listen, or watch when you can’t browse our shelves. That’s why our librarians have been working on a “Personal Picks” service. By late August, you’ll find a form on our website that can be filled out with your reading/watching interests and preference for book, audiobook, etc. Our staff will select currently available items that match your interests and place them on hold for you—think of it as a concierge service for your reading and viewing needs! Of course, you can always simply call us at 360-385-6544 and we will be happy to take your information over the phone.
  • Subscriptions to personalized eNewsletters. Currently, the library offers subscriptions to its weekly eNewsletter and the New York Times Fiction and Non-Fiction Bestseller lists. Over the month of August, additional subscription options will be added that will include New Music, On-order DVDs, New Children’s Fiction, etc. To see our available subscriptions and sign up, visit our eNewsletters page.

We appreciate all of the work happening in Jefferson County to flatten the curve, and we look forward to seeing you in our building or on our Bookmobile in the near future. Until then, please take advantage of our curbside holds pickup services, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, and other online resources by going to our website. Also, don’t forget about our online programs–you can see all of our upcoming programs on our events calendar. Finally–if you still have materials checked out from earlier in the year, please return them to any Jefferson County Library District book drop. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support!

Stay safe, and stay healthy! 

Dr. Tamara R. Meredith
Director, Jefferson County Library



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