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  • Baldwin Public Library Reopens July 6 for Grab & Go Service

    (BIRMINGHAM – June 30, 2020) The Baldwin Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, July 6 for Grab & Go service. This reopening to the public moves the Library into Phase Three of its six-phase Reopening Plan, which was developed with input from staff members, health departments, and other local libraries. 

    After three weeks of offering curbside pickup, the Library’s normal operating hours will resume on July 6. Visitors to the Library will be able to browse and check out materials, but should expect the following changes and guidelines when they enter the Library: 

    • Visitors experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms should not enter the Library.
    • Occupancy is limited to 80 visitors at one time.
    • Visitors are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth when in the Library and interacting with others. Disposable face masks will be available at the Library entrance for those who do not have one. Visitors who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons are encouraged to use the Library’s curbside pickup services.
    • Visitors from different households must maintain physical distancing of six feet or more.
    • Library items returned to the curbside dropbox and lobby book drop will be quarantined for 72 hours before being available for checkout. 
    • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Library. 
    • Plexiglass screens have been installed at all service desks to help prevent the spread of germs. 
    • Public computers will be available for 30-minutes per user, per day.
    • Seating is limited.
    • All study and meeting rooms are closed. Room rentals are unavailable.
    • The Computer Lab and Idea Lab are closed. 
    • Toys, puzzles, water fountains, and vending machines are not available. 
    • Baldwin staff members are regularly disinfecting high-touch surface areas and the Library has enhanced its cleaning protocols. 

    Visitors are encouraged to use the contactless self-checkout stations, curbside pickup, automated return, and the Library’s many online resources. 

    Curbside pickup is available Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To place items on hold for curbside pickup along Bates Street, visit baldwinlib.org/curbsidepickup. 

    For more information about the Baldwin Public Library’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit baldwinlib.org/reopening. 

    The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website www.baldwinlib.org has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

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    Board Seeks Student Representative

    BIRMINGHAM, MI (December 5, 2019) – The Board of the Baldwin Public Library invites interested high school juniors who reside in the City of Birmingham, Village of Beverly Hills, Village of Bingham Farms, or the City of Bloomfield Hills to apply for the position of Student Representative to the Baldwin Public Library Board. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and instill an ethic of community service, as well as encourage citizen participation in local government. In addition, the Board benefits greatly from having a new perspective on Library planning and services. 

    This one-year term lasts from February 17, 2020 to February 15, 2021. Representatives are expected to attend Library Board meetings held the third Monday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Library, with Wednesday, January 20, 2021 as the only exception. Packets for each Board meeting are available on the Library’s website the Friday prior to the meeting. 

    The commitment to this position requires that the BPL Student Representative review the monthly agenda, minutes, and reports prior to the meeting, which can be found at http://www.baldwinlib.org/staff-board. In addition to participating in Board meetings, the Student Representative will also be required work with Library staff and either assist with a service project or coordinate and implement a teen program during the year. 

    To find application details, visit www.baldwinlib.org/volunteer or click on Application for Student Represntative or High School Juniors and Parents Letter. The completed application, essay, and two letters of recommendation are due by January 10, 2020 to Rebekah Craft at the Baldwin Library, 300 West Merrill, Birmingham, MI 48009 or via email to rebekah.craft@baldwinlib.org.

    “This opportunity is an excellent way for high school students to develop leadership skills and to understand how local government and libraries operate. It also provides a chance for students to prepare themselves for future careers in libraries, politics or business,” said Melissa S. Mark, Library Board of Trustees. 

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    Baldwin Library Offers Gale Courses: Online Classes for Lifelong Learners 

    BIRMINGHAM, MI (October 2, 2019) – Baldwin Public Library has added Gale Courses, a new online learning resource. With this unique program from Gale, a Cengage Company, cardholders can access instructor-led, online courses through the Baldwin Public Library website. 

    “We are very excited to be partnering with Gale to offer our cardholders the opportunity to explore the many classes on offer through Gale Courses”, said Josh Rouan, Technical Services Coordinator. “Our community has always had a passion for lifelong learning, and Gale Courses gives people the opportunity to learn and acquire new skills in an instructor-led setting. It is the perfect mix of technological convenience and traditional teaching methods.”           

    Gale Courses offer patrons access to more than 350 instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, business management, GED test preparation, and much more. 

    Patrons can enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly, and new classes beginning every month. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated college-level instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions. 

    Cardholders can enroll and participate in courses from home or use the Library's public computers. For more information about the catalog of courses offered or to enroll in a course, visit www.baldwinlib.org/research

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