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The Alpine Library is Closed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus

April 1, 2020 – Happy April, everyone!

We know you all must be wondering what’s up at the library—how long will we be closed, where are the staff, what should you do with your books?  So, here’s a quick overview of what’s been going on.

We are closed until further notice, in accordance with the guidelines from County Public Health and the State of California. However, library staff are able to work from home on a variety of projects and professional development! We are keeping things running in the background so that we can be ready to reopen as soon as we are able to. You will find lots of new resources on our website and in our e-library, like classes in business, creative, education and tech skills from Lynda.com and school resources for kids and teens. Also, the County’s Live Well @Home site is full of tips and strategies for keeping healthy in both mind and body while staying at home.

All due dates on library materials have been extended until after we reopen, and we will not be charging any late fees. Please do not try to return any items now—we don’t have anyone to check them in or reshelve them since the library elves are also working from home!

We are also still providing reference service online through our Ask A Librarian page. If you need help researching a topic, or just need a recommendation for a good book to read, get in touch any time.

Of course, you probably have other questions so please feel free to reply to this email and we’ll try to help in any way we can.

For our kids and parents, here is a message from Ms. Heather, our youth librarian:

“Hello to my Alpine families – how are you? I miss seeing you at storytime and STEAM! It may be spring break on the school calendar, but while we’re at home, the Alpine Library offers great opportunities to exercise the skills your children have learned during this school year. Preschoolers through first graders will enjoy animated storytime books on BookFlix, a resource available through the library’s home page, SDCL.org (click on “eLibrary”). Kids can read the text along with the narrator, or simply watch the story unfold. Each picture book is paired with easy-reading nonfiction on a related subject, so children can learn about the world around them.

Kids and teens reading independently can borrow chapter books and teen fiction through Libby and OverDrive, the library’s ebook catalog. There are bestsellers from Jeff Kinney, J.K. Rowling, Raina Telgemeier, and more, as well as picture books that older siblings can read to younger ones. If you’re homeschooling (and who isn’t?), you’ll find solid non-fiction titles and literary classics in the Kids’ Schoolhouse and High School @Home ebook collections. For the easiest reading experience, download the free Libby app to your tablet or smartphone. And stay tuned for more updates from your local library!”

And finally, if you’re just missing the library (we miss you too!), here are some ways you can still feel connected to the library world:

Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian: Maybe this is finally your chance to get all your bookshelves in Dewey Decimal order!

Virtually Visit World-Class Libraries: Eight of the world’s most beautiful—as well as a few of the most out-there—libraries are a click away for now and a bucket list destination for the future.

The Magic of Libraries: Where Fantasy Meets Reality: Consider the many types of fictional libraries you encounter in literature!

How to Help Librarians and Archivists From Your Living Room: If you’re cooped-up and curious, use your free time to decipher handwriting, tag images, and more.

With all our best wishes for your health and happiness,

The Alpine Library Staff

www.facebook.com/alpinelibrary

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All San Diego County Library Branches Will Now Be Closed – March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

Dear All,
This is truly an unprecedented and challenging time for all of us. We worked in close coordination with San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency to establish action plans based on each new development of this crisis. At every step, we adhered strictly to the guidelines they provide and have made every effort to do so with our customers and staff in mind. We are now called to take a step further into uncharted territories and close the doors to all branches and bookmobiles. While our physical doors are closed, library customers can still digitally access all the Library’s e-books and e-magazines around the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — by downloading the Libby app for e-books or Flipster for e-magazines like Sports Illustrated, People, and Time.

Residents who do not have a library card can go to sdcl.org/ecard to get a digital library card. Any library materials currently checked out have had their due dates automatically extended until we reopen, and fines will not be accrued during the closure. Book drops will remain closed as well during this period. I know this step has been anxiously awaited. However, you should be reassured by the fact that the authority to remove services from customers does not lie in a sole individual, but it is a burden shared by many and it is one that has to be weighed carefully.

Our constant coordination with the San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency will continue through this closure to evaluate our possible return to services and/or our range of activities.

Until then, please stay safe and stay hopeful.

ALFA BOOKSTORE NEWS – We Will be Temporarily CLOSED Due to Covid-19 Virus

3-16-20 ALFA BOOKSTORE NEWS  – LATEST NEWS:

I am very sorry to tell you that  the BOOKSTORE will be closing, though the Library will remain open.

We have just received directions from the County Library Director that all Volunteers working at the Library may no longer continue working.  That applies to the Bookstore as well, since we are an all Volunteer staff.

The closure will begin tomorrow, Tuesday 3/17.  We hope that this closure doesn’t continue for many months. I will notify you as soon as we know when we will open again.

Please Stay Safe, and Keep Reading.

The Alpine Bookstore is located at the front of the Alpine Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901.

Books_ArtFor more info please contact
Deborah Verfaillie at dverfail@cox.net
www.alpinelibraryfriends.org

619 445-3688

 

All Alpine Library Events, Programs, and Classes CANCELLED Through the End of March 2020

March 13, 2020 – Dear Alpine Library patrons,

San Diego County Library is closely following developments regarding the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County Public Health Office recommends the practice of social distancing—keeping people apart. Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Office, we have decided to cancel all library sponsored and co-sponsored events, programs, and classes through the end of March. All 33 San Diego County Library branches will remain open for essential services during this time. San Diego County Library will continue to provide free access to computers, public wi-fi, and material checkouts.

To support increased demand, we are investing an additional $500,000 into our digital library collection, available 24/7 at www.sdcl.org/elibrary. Library cards offer free access to apps such as Libby for e-books and digital audiobooks, Flipster for e-magazines, as well as a wide range of online learning resources.

We are committed to keeping you safe and informed.

To limit the spread of infection, you should:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to help protect you from germs.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands. For information and community resources, please call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit www.211sandiego.org or www.coronavirus-sd.com

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email AlpineLibrary@sdcounty.ca.govwww.facebook.com/alpinelibrary

ALFA (Alpine Library Friends) Book Store News for the Week of March 9-14, 2020

ALFA Bookstore News for 3/9 to 3/14 We have lots of Gardening and Flower Arranging books; Pet books , many on Dogs; Geology books dealing with Plate Tectonics; books on Power Poker and Gaming Strategies; new Religion and Self Help books plus Faith Based Fiction; Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard and many more Cozy Mysteries. Books have been added to World History, Politics and Business sections. The Bookstore, in the Library, is open Mon thru Sat. 10: to 4:30 and tilll 7:30 on Tues. evening. By supporting the ALFA Bookstore, you are supporting the Alpine Public Library. ALFA Members Half Price Week-end is 3/13 and 3/14

Visit the ALFA Book Store Mon. – Sat. 10am to 4:30pm and Tues. evening until 7:30pm. There is something for everyone kids and adults alike. The Alpine Bookstore is located at the front of the Alpine Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901.

Books_ArtFor more info please contact
Deborah Verfaillie at dverfail@cox.net
www.alpinelibraryfriends.org

619 445-3688

Alpine Library Calendar of FREE EVENTS for ALL AGES – March 2020

**NOTICE** Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Office, we have decided to cancel all library sponsored and co-sponsored events, programs, and classes through the end of March. All 33 San Diego County Library branches will remain open for essential services during this time. San Diego County Library will continue to provide free access to computers, public wi-fi, and material checkouts. *More info

Library events LogoHappy March! Spring is on its way…and here’s what’s coming up this month at the library:

 

Vintage Antiques from Alpine’s History: Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm
What do a McGuffey Reader, a butter churn, a monument marker, and a marriage license all have in common? They are all over a century old and can all be seen at Alpine’s John De Witt Museum. Tom Myers, President of the Alpine Historical Society, will bring a variety of objects, each over 100 years old, to the Alpine Library to illustrate the new poster exhibit at the Library. Tom will talk about each item, describe how it was used, and tell its story. The presentation will provide insight on the life and times of early Alpine settlers.

Control Ants the Healthy Way: Saturday, March 14 at 1 pm
Learn how to make your home and garden less attractive to ants, what to do when they invade your house, why spraying chemicals does not provide effective control and much more. Special guest speaker and Environmental Horticulturist Carolyn Kinnon will be on hand to answer your questions.

 

Create Space (ages 18+)*: Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
o you have a creative project you’d love to work on, but you never seem to have the time or space to do it at home?
Bring your project to the library and spend a few hours with nobody bothering you—get some work done and meet new people! We’ll provide cookies and coffee and nice big tables.

 

Acoustic in Alpine: Master of Vibes: Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm
Everyone from Lionel Hampton to the Rolling Stones to the Beach Boys has it, but have you ever heard a vibraphone in person? Master vibraphonist Anthony Smith brings the jazz greats to Alpine in a concert that takes you on an entertaining, informative journey through the history of this beautiful-sounding, but sometimes overlooked, instrument!

As always, many thanks to the Alpine Library Friends Association for their continuing support of our library. Visit the ALFA Bookstore and help support our collection and programs. Bookstore hours are Mondays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesdays, 10 AM – 7:30 PM, and Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM.

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email AlpineLibrary@sdcounty.ca.govwww.facebook.com/alpinelibrary  See more Library events HERE

March 2020 Calendar – Alpine Library

 

The Alpine Garden Club Meeting: Topic – Vermicomposting (Composting with Worms) – March 12, 2020

The Alpine Garden Club will host The Solana Center as our speaker for our meeting on March 12, 2020 from 6-7pm at the Alpine Library. The presentation will teach you all you need to know about vermicomposting (worm composting) which is an environmentally-friendly way to turn your food waste into nutrient rich castings for your plants or garden beds.  It is Free and the public is welcome. The program is free and all are welcome. The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901 (619) 445-4221 For more info please contact Hilde Hinchcliff HERE

 

Come See Vintage Antiques from Alpine’s History at the Alpine Library – March 5, 2020

FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES! Vintage Antiques from Alpine’s History! Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 pm at the Alpine Library! What do a McGuffey Reader, a butter churn, a monument marker, and a marriage license all have in common? They are all over a century old and can all be seen at Alpine’s John De Witt Museum.  Tom Myers, President of the Alpine Historical Society, will bring a variety of objects, each over 100 years old, to the Alpine Library to illustrate the new poster exhibit at the Library. Tom will talk about each item, describe how it was used, and tell its story. The presentation will provide insight on the life and times of early Alpine settlers. The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email AlpineLibrary@sdcounty.ca.govwww.facebook.com/alpinelibrary  See more Library events HERE

ALFA (Alpine Library Friends) Book Store News for the Week of February 22-29, 2020

 

ALFA BOOKSTORE NEWS FOR 2/24 – 2/29 The Blue Creek Band will be playing a concert in the Library Resource Room on Thursday 2/27 at 6: PM. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library; and the Bookstore will be open after the Concert.

In the Bookstore, we are featuring Train Books donated by Alpine Train Man, Roy Athey; Books on World History ; Mysteries by J.D.Robb (Nora Roberts); Books on The British Royal Family through the Ages; Music; Travel; Games; and Early Readers and Picture Books in the Children’s area. Our End of the Month Half Price Week-end Sale is 2/28 and 29.

Visit the ALFA Book Store Mon. – Sat. 10am to 4:30pm and Tues. evening until 7:30pm. There is something for everyone kids and adults alike. The Alpine Bookstore is located at the front of the Alpine Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901.

Books_ArtFor more info please contact
Deborah Verfaillie at dverfail@cox.net
www.alpinelibraryfriends.org

619 445-3688

ALFA (Alpine Library Friends) Book Store News for the Week of February 18-22, 2020

This week we are featuring books on British History, Culture and Literature; books on the Civil War; and books on the Old West. We also have Nursing textbooks, and texts on Mathematics, Writing; Foreign Language; Travel; World and U.S. History; and all your favorite Mysteries, Romances, and Novels.

Visit the ALFA Book Store Mon. – Sat. 10am to 4:30pm and Tues. evening until 7:30pm. There is something for everyone kids and adults alike. The Alpine Bookstore is located at the front of the Alpine Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901.

Books_ArtFor more info please contact
Deborah Verfaillie at dverfail@cox.net
www.alpinelibraryfriends.org

619 445-3688