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Using the Library During COVID-19

The Topsfield Town Library is open and we are looking forward to serving you!

When visiting the library, please note masks are recommended when visiting the library.

During these extraordinary times, we have several options for accessing our collection and using the library:

Rapid Pickup

The Topsfield Town Library offers Rapid Pickup service for safe and quick pickup of requested library materials: simply call ahead, and your requests will be waiting for you at the front of the library. No fuss, just grab and go! Visit our Rapid Pickup page for more information. Of course, you can always come in and see us at the Main Desk of the library to pick up your requests, too!

 

Personalized Reading Recommendations

Don’t feel comfortable spending time browsing our collection? Try the Topsfield Town Library’s Personalized Recommendations form, on our Resources for Readers page! A librarian from our team will find 3-5 perfect titles for you and place them on reserve for you; you will receive a notification when the titles are ready for pickup in the library!

E-Resources

Using your library card, you have access to a wide variety of ebooks, streaming audiobooks, movies and video through Kanopy, and streaming music through Freegal! Visit our Downloads and Streaming page for information on accessing these resources, or feel free to contact us by phone or email with questions!

 

Don’t have a Library Card yet? Apply from home!

Interested in taking advantage of all these services (and more?) Complete a library card application online! Your new library card will be sent to your address, which serves as your proof of address. Your library account information will be emailed to you.

Share Your Story!

A photo of the library with a sign saying “We Miss You!,” hanging from the window of the library during the closure at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a big moment in history, and as librarians, we believe it’s important to document it. We’re asking for your help in giving future generations a look at what it was like to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Want to be a part of the project? We’re asking for the following submissions from all ages:

• Stories about your life during this time

• Journal entries

• Photos

• Drawings

• Anything else you’d like to contribute!

Using the collected responses, the Library staff will self-publish a book describing Topsfield’s experiences during the pandemic. The book will become part of the library’s circulating collection and will be a permanent part in our local history collection.

 
Bobbi Whiting doing a remote story time for her grandchild

Interested in Participating in this project?

Written submissions may be sent in via this submission form.

Photos, drawings, and other images may be sent to ask@topsfieldlibrary.org.

If you would like to send a hard copy of your submission, please mail to 1 South Common St. Topsfield, MA 01983.

Thank you!

 

Related Resources

‘Quaranzines’ Bring Readers Together Despite Distancing
(All Things Considered, May 27, 2020)

Write it down’: Historian Suggests Keeping a Record of Life During Pandemic
(UVA Today, March 17, 2020)

12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times
Writing projects for students (or anyone) to try at home— including journals, poems, comics and more. (New York Times, April 15, 2020)

A Journal of the Plague Year : an Archive of COVID-19
An international digital archive, open for anyone to contribute.

Six Feet Photography
Another international project looking for participation.

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