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Betsie Valley District Library

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library!

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library...the little Library with a big heart!

A loving message from our hearts to you!

We have missed you! Please know that we can't wait to open the library doors and greet each and everyone with a giant smile and warm welcome!

Consequently, we will be following the approved guidelines to safely reopen and ensure that we are here to serve you!
This process will be done in phases. Consequently, we have created a workable and safe plan, with the realization that the directives may change from day-to-day.

BVDL  IS  OPEN BACK TO OUR REGULAR HOURS!
We will be open Monday 11am to 5pm, Tuesday 11am to 5pm, Wednesday 11am to 7pm, Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm. We have missed you and look forward to seeing everyone! To keep the community safe and healthy, we’ve had to make some changes. See the list below for answers to your frequently asked questions:

WHAT IS THE LIBRARY DOING TO MAKE BOOKS AND MATERIALS SAFE TO BORROW?

Per the CDC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services recommendations, books and materials are quarantined for four days. Book covers and CD’s, DVD’s and CD cases are wiped down before they are returned to the shelf. Newspapers, magazines, Board games, puzzles, children’s puppets are not available to the public at this time.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE LIBRARY?
Executive Order 2020-59 is still in effect and requires everyone, who is medically able, to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces. We strongly encourage our patrons to comply with the law. If you have forgotten your mask, one will be available for you near the circulation desk.

WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN PUBLIC SPACES YET?

A lot of people are reluctant to venture out. That is okay! We will continue curbside service for those patrons who want a book but don’t want to face a crowd. Just call the Library at 231-378-2716 or email us at bvdlibrary@acegroup.cc. We’ll pull  check out your books and you can call us to pick them up curbside.

CAN WE USE THE COMPUTERS?

Of course! Computer usage will change through. To comply with social distancing requirements, we have  two patron computers available  which are set 6 feet apart. To make sure that everyone can get on that needs to use a computer, sessions will be an half hour long. If you have a special need like an exam or job application that will required more time, you can ask the Library staff before you start your session and we will accommodate you the best that we can!

WHAT ABOUT MELCAT?

MELCAT IS OPEN! We love that we can expand the Library’s resources to our patrons through MELCAT! You can order materials from other libraries to be delivered to our library for pick up. Or, you can call us and we can order them for you! Call 231-378-2716!

WHAT ABOUT PROGRAMS?

Because we can’t guarantee social distancing in programs at this time, all our Library programs will be hosted online. Look at our website or Facebook page for information on programs!  Watch our online Story Hour which can be seen on the Library’s Facebook page and on the Library’s YouTube channel!

Click here for the Betsie Valley Library Covid-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, Response Plan.

Click here for the Betsie Valley District Library Pandemic Reopening Policy

We will post updates on our facebook and on the Library website.

We realize that the Library is a haven for our community, and our community is the heart of the Library! We are the "Little Library with a big heart..and that heart belongs to each and everyone of you!

We are all in this together, we have a great community spirit! We will get through this, so until we reunite, let us all stay well, be kind, be hopeful, and smile!

Please remember, "Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything." —Madeleine L’Engle

We are pleased to provide this online presence for your convenience and enrichment. The Library is very grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their support in bringing you our website.
Our community was greatly blessed by the wonderful gift of a state of the art Library building by The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation; we officially opened the doors to the new building in March 2014. We welcome all to "your" Library! We strive to make our Library a welcoming haven for all that visit and where we wish to grow the love and magic of reading with all of our community. 

Consequently, you may conduct any Library business on this site, such as renewals, reserves, etc., with the exception of paying fines.

Also, you may research the Library catalog; Title / Author / Keyword searching.

We encourage you to use the Up North Digital Collection to download ebooks, movies and music!

We encourage you in using the Michigan eLibrary or MeL:

MeL is a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

  • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids and adults, covering specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.
  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeLCat. We are a MeLCat participant Library!
  • Seeking Michigan is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. You can find records, state census records, and much more including photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. 

Information about times, dates, speakers, etc. for Library programs and special services will be available on this site.

Other links to local, regional and statewide information sources will be placed here.

The Library Board and Library staff invite and encourage you to use the website and

to check it often for information about upcoming Library programs and new services.

Your suggestions are encouraged so we can make this site the most helpful to you, as well as your suggestions for the Library itself.

Sincerely,  Michelle Guerra, Library Director 


 

 

 

 

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