Library a lifeline in trying times

To the Editor:

On behalf of Guilderland Public Library, I would like to convey our sincere gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of community support demonstrated recently. We pride ourselves on being an integral part of this vibrant, caring community — indeed, almost half of our staff reside in Guilderland. The mutual devotion between the library and the neighbors we serve is very affirming.

I have been employed by GPL for the past two years and am constantly amazed by the consistent dedication of the staff. Collective effort has increased exponentially since the pandemic started. Curbside service and virtual programs are much more labor-intensive than in-person methods, yet at no time has the commitment to excellence wavered.

We have heard from countless patrons that the library is their lifeline during these trying times, and we will keep serving everyone to the very best of our ability curbside and online, despite the added challenge of being under major construction.

The recent rise in COVID cases resulted in our once again having to suspend public browsing, as is the case with most other area libraries. Almost unanimously, patrons tell us they value health and safety over browsing the stacks of our interior space (which is currently in considerable disarray, due to construction).  We have reiterated since March 2020 that safety is our first priority, and we are grateful for the public’s cooperation.

My colleagues are a special group of resilient professionals who roll up their sleeves and find innovative ways to keep us operating at a high level. They simply do what is necessary to serve the public, undoubtedly with a smile underneath their masks.

We have further increased our curbside hours (the only Upper Hudson Library System library currently offering Sunday service), and the quarantine sheds in our parking lot now accept returns 24/7 (except holidays) for added convenience.

Thank you, residents of the greater Guilderland area, for recognizing GPL’s intrinsic value to the community. We look forward to that glorious day when we can welcome you back through the front doors of “Guilderland’s Gathering Place,” as well our grand re-opening this fall when we unveil your newly-renovated library for continued enrichment and enjoyment.  

Luanne Nicholson

Public Information Officer

Guilderland Public Library


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