News and Events
Reopening phase one
Dear Cary Library community, Welcome Back!
We are excited to announce that we will begin slowly opening the Library starting Monday July 6th.
To ensure the continued safety of the community and library staff these guidelines have been put in place.
We will continue with remote checkout of Library items. Starting July 6th we will be open by appointment only. The number of people we can have inside is limited at this time so please bear with us as we balance scheduling times for inside browsing. Visits will be for up to 30 minutes.
Please return all items in our outside bookdrop before entering. We quarantine all items returned for everyone’s safety.
We appreciate your understanding while these services are not yet available
· Sitting, gathering
· Meeting room reservations
· Public computers
Our children’s Library will remain closed to the public but we can provide a scheduled appointment time if you would rather choose your own books or we will gladly retrieve titles you want and have them ready for you.
Masks and/or face shields will be worn by all staff.
We encourage our patrons to wear masks while browsing through our bookshelves and we will have hand sanitizer available.
Please note our hours of operation have temporarily changed during this 1st stage of reopening. We will open at 9:00 and close at 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with remote checkout and appointment browsing available. Saturday we will be closed to the public but staff will be here to provide remote checkout.
Remote Checkout Option
Dear Patrons, we offer remote checkout allowing you to request library items. Reserve by phone (532-1302), email (email@example.com) or in your account bookbag through our online catalog (www.cary.lib.me.us). All book returns go in our outside bookdrop so we can care for them safely. We are still closed to the public at this time. We miss you all and look forward to the time we can safely reopen.
Van delivery is still not operational so we can not borrow through Interlibrary loan
All items returned are disinfected and placed in quarantine for one week so it may happen that an item you request may not be immediately available but we will notify you once it becomes available.
Summer Reading Program
Dear young readers & parents,
It is getting to be near that time when we hold our annual Summer Reading Program. Despite not being fully open to the public, it’s very important to us that we still provide this program as it encourages children to continue reading through the summer. Due to the current pandemic restrictions we are offering both a virtual version of our program, as well as an in-person option for those who do not have access to computers/the internet. Thanks to the Maine State Library, we and many other Maine libraries have spent the last few weeks working on creating our own Beanstack sites so that we can offer a virtual version of our summer programs. Beanstack is a site and app that allows you earn virtual badges for logging books, writing reviews (similar to if you were to report in-person) and completing activities. We will still be having our weekly prize drawings, with each badge earned awarding you an entry into that week’s raffle.
Though the overall workings of the program will be the same as every year, the pandemic has required us to make some changes into how we run the program. Normally, participants would come in to register and to report. Those of you who want to do the virtual program may register and report through our Beanstack site. For those of you who want to participate in person, paperwork will be available for pick up and can be returned through the drop-box. Reporting will be done by appointment. We are currently offering remote checkout. If you know what you want you can either tell us or reserve it through your account on our online catalog. We will get the order ready for you and place it outside on a chair when you let us know you are here to pick it up.
We will being doing an activity in Monument Park on Wednesdays 3pm-4pm. These activities will be weather-permitting, sign up required, we will be adhering to distancing guidelines, and we encourage participants to wear masks. Our summer program usually runs 5 weeks but this year will run 6 as we will be unable to have a party. Everything won during the program, certificates, and a free book can be picked up after the program ends (exact time still to be decided).
In summation, registration will be June 22nd-July 5th and the program will run from July 6th-July 16th. Our Beanstack site can be found at https://cary.beanstack.org. You may also register by calling us at (207)532-1302 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions will be provided on how to use Beanstack, but if you find you need help please let us know. This is a new program for us, but we will do our best to help you. If you have any other questions or concerns about the Summer Reading Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We wish we could see all you in person this year – we miss you! This year will be different but we hope you still enjoy it and continue reading.
Adult and Teen Coloring Boxes-temporarily suspended
Just in time for cold winter weather, the Cary Library has new fun and relaxing program to help wile away the shorter days. We now have adult and teen coloring pages complete with all coloring supplies. The teen area and the main reading area are setup with wooden boxes containing everything you need to relax and have fun, including material for origami making. Keep the page you color or the origami you create! We hope that this provides an activity that n individual, family, or working group of individuals might enjoy for together time and it's a great way to socialize. Please let us know how you like it. We received a grant from the Maine State Library Fund for the purpose of creating a quiet maker space. These grants to help libraries offer new programming come from funds that Maine citizens check as a voluntary contribution when filing Maine State income tax. We hope you enjoy this new program.
Great Book Group Reading Club--cancelled future date to be announced
Great Books Reading Group will start discussions on some great reads again in the fall. If you would like to be part of the book group and be involved in choosing and discussions on chosen reads please join us!
The Cary Library Great Book group meets the 1st Friday of each month at 10:00. Fall dates and the books chosen are as follows:
Oct. 4th--Paris was the place by Susan Conley
Nov. 1st--After the eclipse by Sarah Perry
Dec. 6th--Island of the sea women by Lisa See
Jan 10th--The book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
Feb 7th--Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris**** CANCELLED will be discussed at the March 6th meeting
Apr 3rd--Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan
May 1st--There there by Tommy Orange
June 5th--Lost children archive by Valeria Luiselli
Story and Craft Time Program
All activities at this time are cancelled. We will let you know when we can resume.
Craft and Story Time at the Cary Library. Children of all ages are welcome!
Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:00
Tiny Tot Time
All activities at this time are cancelled. We will let you know when we can resume.
The Cary Library will begin an eight week early literacy program, “Tiny Tots Time” every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30. Tiny Tots will start again in the spring April 1st to May 20th. Our goal is to enhance the Storytime experience for young learners, ages 2-to-4, by building essential early language and literacy skills and encouraging social and emotional development. Using high-quality picture books, music, puppets and fingerplay, Our children's Librarian Hayley will help the children enjoy literacy-rich, hands-on experiences at the library. For more information or to sign up please call 207-532-1302.
Lego Club-All activities at this time are cancelled. We will let you know when we can resume.
The Cary Library is pleased to announce the launch of a another Lego program which runs the second Tuesday afternoon of each month, from 3:00 to 4:00 in addition to our Saturday group that runs from 10:00 to 11:00. Lego Quest is for ages 7 and up. A theme will be chosen and Lego group members will be challenged to build something related to the theme. All Legos will be provided and space is limited. The next Saturday Lego group meeting is Saturday March 14th from 10:00 to 11:00. Our Tuesday group will meet March 10th at 3:00. Please call Hayley at 532-1302 to reserve a spot and become part of the Cary Library Lego group.