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The Westfield Athenaeum Announces a Reopening Date of March 22nd

Good news! The Westfield Athenaeum is excited to announce that the library is opening the building for "in person" visits on March 22nd. This marks the initiation of Phase One of the Athenaeum's reopening plan. Starting 3/15/21 patrons of the library will be able to call the Athenaeum and schedule an appointment to visit on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. Appointments will allow one hour for patrons to browse the stacks, visit the Boys and Girls Library, and use our computers. Librarians will be available to assist patrons in using our online catalog, finding books and audio/visual items, and fulfilling their information needs. Masks will be required for access to the building.

The Athenaeum is also expanding the popular service "Library to Go" from five days a week to six days a week, adding Saturday to the days now available. This popular program allows patrons to call the Athenaeum and talk to a librarian, who can assist them in selecting the items they want to check out. Patrons can also request items online using the catalog or one of our Reader's Advisory forms. The "Library to Go" service also allows users to take advantage of our free print pickups of up to 10 pages. According to Guy McLain, the newly appointed Director of the Athenaeum, "Programs designed to deliver a variety of library services for quick pickup are becoming the wave of the future for library services. In an effort to deliver the best possible service to Westfield citizens, we are expanding this program so that patrons will be able to obtain needed items six days a week."

In addition to our "Library to Go" program the Athenaeum hosts a number of online programs. "Lunchtime Librarian" and "Book Snacks" allows library users to have a conversation about books with librarians, who can help them find their next read. Adult programming like "The Book Club" and the "Cookbook Book Club," family online activities like "All Ages BINGO" and "Trivia Thursdays," teen programming like "The Writing Group" and "Teen Craft Tuesday," and children's programming from recorded storytimes to interactive STEAM programs like"Hour of Code," are just some of the offerings hosted by the Athenaeum. McLain added that, "We will continue to offer these and many other programs since they provide an excellent way for anyone to participate from the comfort of their own home."

Please refer to our website, www.westath.org. for more details.

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