Governor Murphy has announced the indefinite closure to the public of all municipal, county and state public libraries. While Executive Order 142 allows for the limited opening of non-essential retail businesses, patrons are still not legally permitted to enter the library. We are awaiting further instruction from the state and will resume services as we feel it is safe for our community.
Additionaly, Governor Murphy has announced a stay-at-home order, closing non-essential businesses and urging residents to stay at home as much as possible.
While the library is closed, board meetings are still scheduled for the third Monday of the month at 7pm, but will be held virtually.
The next board meeting will be Monday, May 18 from 7pm to 8pm via Google Meet. Access the meeting here, or join by phone: 1 518-551-0146 (PIN: 429838090)
Social distancing – avoiding close contact with others, large gatherings, and unnecessary travel – has proven to be critical to slowing and stopping the spread of illness. That’s why the Demarest Library, which usually prides itself on being a place for people to gather, chose to close our doors on March 13. We have now been ordered by the state to remain closed indefinitely. Libraries have central roles in serving the community, which is why the best service we can provide now is to stay closed and help keep our community safe.
Our building may be closed, but our staff is still here for you. If you need help or have questions, get in touch! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as we are able. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for reading recommendations, virtual storytime, and more, as we find new ways to stay connected and serve the public in this challenging environment.
If you don’t have a library card (or lost it, or the number doesn’t work), you can apply for a card here. When the library reopens, you can come in with proof of address and we’re give you a physical card.
Please take advantage of our digital services! Just because the library is closed doesn’t mean you can’t borrow books, audiobooks, magazines, or movies. While the library is closed, we’ve increased the monthly borrowing limit on hoopla to 15 items.
Helpful Links & Tools
On May 6, DMS Guidance Counselor Sherri Rinckhoff gave a talk about taking care of emotional and mental health during this shutdown. Find a recording of that talk and full list of resources mentioned here.
National, State, & Local
- CDC COVID-19
- NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
- NJ Department of Health
- Bergen County COVID-19
- NJ State Library COVID-19 Resources
- NJ Coronavirus Small Business Support and Resources
Guides for Parents
- Talking about COVID-19: A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus from the CDC
- A Kid’s Guide to the Coronavirus from “The Daily” by The New York Times
- No More School, No More Books: Homeschooling & the Coronavirus on NPR
Hygiene, Health, & Safety
- Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting from the CDC
- Is the Virus in My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper? from The New York Times
- A User’s Guide to Masks from The New York Times (no subscription to the Times? Get free access through the library.)
- Bergen County Hotlines
- COVID-19 & Stress Management from Sherri Rinckhoff, DMS Guidance Counselor
Library Updates & Resources