COVID cancelled one of the Sharon Springs Free Library’s most popular spring events:
Its April Great Book Giveaway.
But now, with guidance from the Schoharie County Department of Health, it’s back and set for Saturday, August 15, 9am-2pm, outside, in the library’s back parking lot, with masks and social distancing required.
“This is something we do that everyone loves and with people so desperate for books, we wanted to find a way to do it,” said Jeanne Irwin, vice president of the library’s Board of Trustees.
As always, all books and DVDs will be free with cash donations to help support the library accepted.
New totes with the library’s logo will also be available to buy—and fill.
However, because of COVID-19 precautions, the library is unable to accept any more donations of books.
“Just keep them until next year,” said library director Helen Thomas. “We’re hoping things will be different by then.”
Under the library’s Great Book Giveaway plan for 2020, groups of 20 shoppers—a single family is considered a group—will be allowed 20-30 minutes to browse and select books before they’re asked to leave and let the next group of 20 in.
Those waiting to shop must remain in their car.
Shoppers are asked to wear masks and social distance and masks--and hand sanitizer--will also be available for those who forget.
Because the event is so popular, shoppers who’d like to request a specific time can call ahead, (518) 284-3126, and staff will accommodate them if possible.
“We know people have been waiting for this and we’re grateful to the Health Department for its guidance,” Ms. Irwin added.
“Come out and support us and load up on things to read. From novels to biographies and kids’ books, we’ll have a great selection.”