March 27 Update from Library Director

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REMINDER: The Portage Lake District Library and the Hancock School Public Library will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 until Monday, April 13. All library programs and public meetings will also be cancelled.

Dear Library Friends,

A lot has happened in the last two weeks. We decided to suspend our curbside pick-up program after the first reported case of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula. Governor Whitmer’s Stay-at-home directive means many of you are home with your families, and without all of the everyday amenities and resources you are used to. We want you to know that we’re here to help.

PLDL and the Hancock Library are closed alongside area schools until at least April 13. Still, we have been busy making sure you have access to our digital resources, which are available 24/7 from the comfort of your home. We’re also hosting many recurring and new library programs on Facebook Live, where you can tune in from a smartphone, tablet or other digital device.

On Friday afternoon, we hosted our very first Facebook Live concert for the public. At the time of this writing, over 750 of you tuned in live or viewed the recording later, to relax with one of our favorite local musicians, Bob Hiltunen. As many folks commented during the broadcast, it was such a nice escape from the stress brought on by this pandemic. For me, it was inspiring to see our community come together to socialize and enjoy music in a time when we can’t rally for engagement face-to-face. We hope to bring more of these events your way soon.

I want to leave you with a quote that was shared with me this week, and I hope it lifts your spirits as it did mine. Take the time this weekend to thank your friends and family members who are healthcare workers, teachers, and other essential workers that are keeping our world turning during a crisis. Here’s to your health and happiness going into the weekend.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”
Mr. Rogers

Dillon Geshel
Library Director

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