Be Counted! April 1, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.

HOWEVER, The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail. Let us know if you need help to fulfill this important part of democracy!

Note from Barbara

We’re working from home and are here for you. I’m checking the edwards@cwmars.org email daily so please email with any questions or comments. Johanna is keeping up with our FaceBook page, website and e-newsletter. If you don’t get the e-newsletter and want to, just email me and we’ll get you on the list. It’s worth going to the Edwards FaceBook page just to see and hear Johanna telling a dog story holding her dog Buster. Lisa will be checking our phone messages daily and answering them. Just leave a message at 413-527-9480.  If you need help with Overdrive, she can call you back. If you want tech help, Robert is still available to help by phone. Just email edwards@cwmars.org and I’ll let him know. If you have research questions, Emily is available – just let me know.  We encourage you to use Libby/Overdrive apps for online resources, ebooks, ebooks on CD, magazines, etc., or register for a Boston Public Library ecard at www.bpl.org/ecard/. Please stay safe and be well. We all miss you and our beautiful library.

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What does the library’s extended closing mean for you?

  • You do not need to worry about library items that you have with you while we are closed.
  • Late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • Items you have on our hold shelf will stay here and be available once we open again.
  • If you run out of renewals while we are closed, do not worry. Keep the item(s) and fines will not accrue on your account.
  • Delivery from other libraries and the Commonwealth Catalog have been suspended for the time being.
  • Please leave your food donations for the Community Pantry on the front porch of the Congregational Church for the time being.
  • We are suspending accepting your book donations for the Friends Book Sale at this time.

Please keep the following emergency information handy:

From Attorney General Maura Healey:

  • Information about sick time laws: 617-727-3465
  • Help with insurance claims or medical bills: 888-830-6277
  • Report price gouging or defective products: 617-727-8400
  • If you’re having difficulty negotiating a travel refund or are concerned about a potential scam, consider filing a complaint: www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-consumer-complaint