As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring stress and confusion to our community, real heroes are emerging every day. We are thankful for our health care workers, first responders, police officers, firefighters and retail workers who have made essential adjustments to make their services available.
I am writing to add Rogers Memorial Library to this list — and to recognize the creative leadership of our executive director, Elizabeth Burns.
Even though the library is mandated to be closed to the public, Liz and her staff have found innovative ways to keep providing popular library services. Many programs have been transitioned to virtual platforms: courses in self-improvement, history, career development and a variety of others.
Rogers Memorial Library is providing ESL conversations on Zoom formats, as well as services designed for children and teens, everything from story times to online reading clubs. They even offer “Cabin Fever Therapy.”
Our community should be aware of these options when we need them most. One just has to sign on to myrml.org. It is truly comforting to know that as our world is turned upside down by the pandemic, we have a proactive library that always puts the needs of our patrons in the forefront.
We all will be overjoyed when we can finally return to our beloved Rogers Memorial Library, but, for now, kudos and thanks to Liz Burns and her brilliant staff as they plan ahead for the needed adjustments to library procedures.
Rogers Memorial Library Board of Trustees
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