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San Diego County Library Reopens Branches for Limited In-Person Services – September 20, 2020

We are excited to announce that the San Diego County Library has reopened branches for limited in-person services on Sept 10, 2020. While our commitment to service will always stay the same, you will notice some changes when you visit.


Branches offer In-Person Modified Services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Our hours will be 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. The midday closure allows for thorough cleaning of public spaces within the buildings. And Walk-Up Door-side service will happen on Mondays and Fridays, 10am-4pm.


What should I expect when I visit?

The most noticeable change with in-person service is that we are letting fewer people into our buildings in order to ensure physical distancing. You may experience a wait time to get into the building. Our library staff will be at the front door to answer any questions.


There will also be more space. Some furniture and computers have been removed to ensure physical distancing and to provide wider walkways. Directional floor markings have been placed in the stacks and seating will be limited in some areas.


The modified in-person services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. Customers will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, CDs, and movies.

Walk-up Door-side service is also still available at all 33 branches on Mondays and Fridays. Once a customer has received a notice, by email, phone, or print mail that they have items ready for pickup, they can visit the branch during open hours to pick up the materials, with no appointment needed.


How is the library addressing health and safety?

The safety of our staff and customers is our primary concern and we will be complying with public health guidelines for physical distancing and facial coverings. Additionally, on the days set up for In-person modified service, cleaning will take place throughout the day and all branches will be closed from 12:30pm-1:30pm for sanitation.


You can also return any materials you might still have. For the safety of library staff and customers, and at the recommendation of the Institute for Library and Museum Services and the California State Library, all returned materials will be quarantined for at least 4 business days. It may take several days to remove the items from your library account, but rest assured you will not be fined for those days while the materials are quarantined.


The schedule of service and frequently asked questions are available on our website. Please visit for more information.


We’ll see you at the Library!  Warm regards,  The Alpine Library Staff


For more info or questions please contact Jenne Bergstrom, Alpine Library Branch Manager, 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901. 619-659-2751

Alpine Library and ALFA Bookstore News – August 2020 (Cool Zone & November Polls Info)

The  Library is open for limited services:

1.If you order a book on line, you will be notified when it is ready for pick up. Make an appointment with the Library and pick it up at the Office door facing the parking lot.

  1. If you would like to get a book from our Library stacks, You can talk with the Librarian and she will select the book or a selection of books that you might like.
  2. Library books may be returned to the Library by going to the Office Door and placing them in the bin.

COOL ZONE: Our Library has been designated as a COOL ZONE. It is  open Monday through Friday 12: to 5: Only the Lobby and Resource Room are being used.You must have your t emperature taken at the door; wear a mask; cleanse hands; and Social Distance.

NOVEMBER POLLS: Our library WILL NOT be a polling place; HOWEVER, States mandate that all Libraries will have a Registrar of Voters locked box in their Lobby for the deposit of mail-in-ballots.These go directly to the Registrar’s Office and not through the Postal Service. Considering that the mail service will be slow and over loaded, I think this is the safest, fastest way for you to return your ballot.

Opening of Library and Bookstore: We have NO information on this. When we do open all CDC guidelines will be observed.

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

619 445-3688

NAME: Deborah Verfaillie


Alpine Library News: Doorside Service, Returns and Online Services

July 16, 2020

Greetings and happy summer! Here are a few updates on what is going on with the library:

You’re probably all wondering when we’re going to be open to the public again, and at this point we do not have a specific date set. We are following the advice of County Public Health, and once they give us the go-ahead we will let you know. Visit our website at for the most up to date information on our reopening plans.

In the meantime, however, we are offering doorside service! You can request items online or over the phone at (619) 445-4221 and we will call you when they come in.  Or if you’d just like to stop by and have us grab you a few items, we’d be happy to do that. We probably have something on the shelf that you’d enjoy! Find us at the staff entrance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Monday through Friday.

We are also now accepting returns! Drop off your items at the staff door from 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Monday through Friday.  All materials will be quarantined for at least 3 days before we check them in.
Due dates have been extended for all SDCL materials until December 31, 2020, so if you’re still enjoying them you don’t have to bring them back just yet!

Read, learn, and create all summer long by taking San Diego County Library’s Summer Learning Challenge! Our annual program launched on Monday, June 22, and is available online at Register today to track your reading progress, write book reviews for the community to enjoy, and complete learning challenges that will bring local art, culture, and recreation opportunities directly to you online.

This year’s Summer Learning Challenge awards digital badges for participation. A badge is earned for every 10 books or 10 hours read, plus for completing a series of online challenges. There are 9 challenge tracks offered in English and 6 in Spanish, with something special for each age group. These challenges include virtual hikes, poetry writing, online tours of local museums, and much more.

In addition to the Summer Learning Challenge, the library is offering a variety of other online services this summer:

  • Storytime Shorts featuring your favorite library staff reading books and singing songs
  • Book Shorts featuring library staff sharing their favorite titles
  • eBooks and audiobooks are available 24/7 with special collections curated for various ages, genres, and hot topics
  • brings the best in online learning directly to you
  • Virtual Programs featuring learning opportunities like science experiments, gardening, crafts and more. Check weekly for new content.
  • Community art gallery is coming soon and will feature YOUR creations taken from the Summer Learning Challenges page. We will be adding photos, poetry and more.
  • Activity books for all ages that you can download and print from our website.


Warm regards, The Alpine Library Staff.

For more info or questions please contact Jenne Bergstrom, Alpine Library Branch Manager, 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901. 619-659-2751

Online Story Gathering Project with the Alpine Library – July 18, 2020

Online Story Gathering Project with the Alpine Library

San Diego County Library and Berkeley-based StoryCenter invite you to join us on Saturday July 18, 2020 from 1 to 3 PM at a special online story sharing and writing workshop for our community. The program will have you respond to a simple prompt, and lead you through a simple group feedback process, with a chance to re-write and share your story. The gathering will be led by one of StoryCenter’s facilitators, with years of experience in creating safe and supportive spaces for helping people share stories, in person as well as online.

Space is limited so sign up now at .

For more info or questions please contact Jenne Bergstrom, Alpine Library Branch Manager, 1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901. 619-659-2751

FREE COVID-19 TESTING Available at the Alpine Library – June 26, 2020

The COVID-19 Testing being offered by County Fire/CAL FIRE San Diego is indeed FREE. If a resident was tested this week they may get tested again for FREE. Please see the details below for the next time we are out in Alpine.


Alpine COVID-19 Test Site Details:

Date:                   Friday, June 26, 2020
Time:                   9:00am to 2:00pm
Location:            Alpine County Library – 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine 91901


The testing is by appointment only: Call 2-1-1

  • Short cuts for you . . .
  • Internet scheduling can be done at:
  • Calling 2-1-1 will redirect you to call: 1-888-634-1123 and follow the prompts (hint: select #7)
    • **This option is for those with NO internet or limited internet access**
  • You can also call 2-1-1, select language and select 1 to get connected to a public health nurse who can help schedule an appointment as well
    • **This option is for those with NO internet or limited internet access**
  • For more information, visit coronavirus


I am sure the date is not yet on the 2-1-1 system, so residents may want to wait until 2-3 days before the date to schedule their appointment. Thank you in advance and please feel free to contact me with any questions,

Teresa Greenhalgh, Community Emergency Response Manager, San Diego County Fire Authority. Call 619-857-8050 or email

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 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, (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

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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 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


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

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 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 or

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email

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

619 445-3688