COVID-19 update to Library Donors


Dear Library Supporter-

As a donor to the library, you deserve an update on the state of the Juniata County Library during the current pandemic. While the library building is closed temporarily, we are very much open for business virtually and are putting your donations to good use. 

Youth Programming We currently hold 3 virtual storytimes a week on Facebook and will have our annual summer reading program available virtually. Until at least the fall, all youth programming, including in-person storytimes, will be virtual. 

Outreach We continue to make new library cards for patrons who wish to access our digital content. We send the new library cards out in the mail and grant access to over 20,000 digital titles available. Our new Ask Us Anything video series is an exciting way we are sharing about the library in short videos. We continue to have our weekly newspaper columns in your local newspaper. 

Financial All of our staff are on paid furlough. Our staff continue to work from home and attend virtual seminars to keep our skills sharp. Through JVB, we have applied for the Paycheck Protection grant. Finally, we have begun our spring fund drive. You may give online or return the fund drive letter you should have received in the mail. 

Further updates The exact date of our full reopening is still unknown. Per the order of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, we are to fully remain closed until further notice. When the time comes for us to begin reopening, we will let the public know that they may return materials. We will sanitize them and prepare them to be borrowed again. Once that is complete, we will reopen to the public and institute a detailed plan for social distancing and thorough cleaning of all public spaces. You can follow all developments on our website and in your local newspaper. 

Library funding nationwide is not guaranteed. We would hate to lose something that truly cannot be replaced! Your tax-deductible gift to the Juniata County Library will express your values and your life purpose -- and make the best care available for yourself, your family, and your neighbors. Your kind giving makes all this possible. You are giving to a cause that you experience and are a part of, whether you know it or not. The library fuels your community by improving property and business value, graduation rates, education levels and overall satisfaction with life. Your donation can actually accomplish something specific! Our director Vince Giordano explains the reality of library funding and how your donation will make an immediate impact. Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/wCYMiMcm6jo

Thank you so much for your support of the library. Please let me know if you have any questions.