Otis Library April News Article

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OTIS LIBRARY & MUSEUM                                                                                                           APRIL 2021

After a year of losing lives, traditions, events, rituals and monies we are getting vaccinated and ready to move on.  It remains to be seen whether this catastrophic disruption and terrible loss of life will be something we recover from, but it is clear that we have to build a new normal for our library.  We have diligently held on to as much as we could hoping to put everything back together again.  We see the power of people, the desire for human contact and human interaction and we see the power of real things. We have developed new and exciting ways to accomplish our tasks using creativity, and technology.

We are standing in an Upside-Down World!  Now we invite you to become part of our move forward.


We are excited to announce the safe and limited opening of the Otis Library on

Thursday April 1, 2021

The Otis Library hours:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday closed

Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-5

Saturday curbside pickup only


The socially distant capacity of the Library will be 10 people. Therefore, admittance to the Library will be by appointment only.  Please call 413-269-0109, you can leave a message, or email kbort@otislibraryma.org.

  • Patrons may use the Library for computer use.  While continuing to maintain safe, strict social distancing the Library will allow 3 Library computer appointments and 2 computer appointments using private devices.  Face masks & gloves are required.  Appointment duration will be determined by the Library staff.
  • Patrons may come to the Library to browse and select materials.  Face masks and gloves must be worn, and strict social distancing will be maintained.  The Circulation, Roosevelt, and Non-Fiction Rooms will be opened for browsing.
  • Curbside Services will continue.  Call the library to make requests or email requests to kbort@otislibraryma.org.
  • Librarians will work with members of the public on an appointment basis using appropriate distancing procedures and personal protective equipment.  Librarian services include preparing patron request for pick up, copying, scanning, sending faxes, providing technology assistance, research and reference.
  • Returned Materials must be placed in the outside book depository.  Librarians empty the book depository wearing gloves and masks.  Returned items are place in quarantine for 72 hours before being processed for return and subsequent circulation.

Reopening policies and procedures

  • Librarians are available to help patrons learn how to access digital services.
  • Patrons are encouraged to continue to use online services and resources.
  • All items borrowed are fine free.
  • Librarians can obtain materials, prepare patron requests for pick up, and potentially work with members of the public on an appointment basis using appropriate distancing procedures and personal protective equipment


The Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive will begin April 1st and end on April 30th.  Please help us get this program back on board.  Drop off your donation of new pajamas for the Cradles to Crayons Wonderfund. All donations will be distributed throughout Berkshire County.


Our Story Walks will continue monthly.  We strive to continue to offer mindfulness programs for families and children. We are planning to offer a pop up poetry program soon.  We will off a moon watching program featuring the book Once in A Full Moon written by West Stockbridge author Carolinda Goodman.

Do you have an idea for the library, or a talent you would like to share?  Our Art Exhibition Program is available to anyone interested in showing artwork.   Please contact Kathleen Bort, Director at 413-269-0109.