New Hours for Curbside, Courier Service Resumes, & How to

Update from the Library Director: Sept. 15, 2020

NEW HOURS! We have added new curbside service hours on Saturdays in order to accommodate those who work during the week, beginning Saturday Sept. 19. Here is the updated schedule of service:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm

COURIER SERVICE HAS RESUMED! We have received official notice that our courier service will resume this week, and we can now lend and borrow from other AspenCat Libraries! Please keep in mind that not all libraries are lending at this time, so selection is still limited.

COPY, PRINT AND FAX SERVICE! We are offering copy, print and fax service – if you have items that you would like to have copied, printed or faxed, please contact us at (970)533-7600 during our curbside service hours and we will make arrangements with you. Please note that items that need to be copied or faxed will have to go through a 48 hour quarantine before being handled, so it may take a few days to complete.

We continue to limit each patron to 5 items at a time. We will do our best to fulfill your requests as quickly as possible, but please be patient, as (depending on demand) it may take a short while to get your items together and placed outside. Per public health orders, we strongly encourage all patrons to utilize masks when picking up and dropping off library material.

Here is how it works:

  • We encourage you to visit the library catalog at and find titles you would like to check out PRIOR to calling the library. Please have additional requests in mind in case the titles you have chosen have already been checked out. YOU MAY NOW PLACE HOLDS THROUGH OUR ONLINE CATALOG.

IF you do not have internet access and are unable to view the catalog and self select items, you may call the staff and give them as much detail about what you would like and we can select options for you. Please be prepared to describe favorite genres, authors and subjects, including some titles that you have already read. We will do our best to find something that suits your interest!

  • Call the library at (970) 533-7600 anytime between 10am and 5pm; Monday through Friday or between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays to reserve your pickups. IF YOU GET VOICEMAIL, please leave a message and a staff member will call you back when they have an opportunity. All calls will be responded to in the order they are received.
  • Staff will give you an option of an available time slot (1/2 hour window) to come and pick up your material. It is important that you honor this time, to give staff a chance to pull your material and to make sure that everyone is not showing up at the same time. If you are unable to make it at the designated time, please call the library and we will assign you another available time slot.
  • Staff will pull your material, disinfect it, and place it on a book cart outside with your name on it for you to collect at your designated time. If any of the material is unavailable, they will call you back to see if you have any alternative selections. We highly recommend that you disinfect the materials again when you get home – discard the plastic bag, wash your hands, wipe down hard surfaces of the material with a disinfectant wipe, and wash your hands again.
  • You can return the material at your convenience utilizing our outdoor book drop.

We will also be continuing to allow patron use of the library laptops to check email and take care of other needs. Use will be limited to one hour per person, and patrons are encouraged to remain in their vehicle or wear masks and use proper social distancing on our front porch. Please call the library to arrange your reservation of a laptop at (970)533-7600.

Further opening plans are still in the works and depend on a lot of variables, so the building will remain closed to the public for the time being. Please continue to check back for further updates as the situation changes.

  • All library programs, classes, events and outreach activities will remain cancelled until further notice.
  • We will continue to renew books and waive overdue fines as necessary.
  • Our wi-fi will remain on and patrons will still be able to access from outside the building.
  • Network: Guest, Password: Guest123
  • For those that have internet access at home, continue to monitor our Facebook and website from home for updates and remote opportunities to engage.
  • Reminder of our digital services – ebooks, e-audiobooks, and Kanopy movie streaming are available through the library website and catalog.
  • If you have any questions about these or any other library services, please email me at and either I or a member of library staff will do our best to respond and assist you.

We urge everyone to continue to check with vetted sources of information on the outbreak like the Center for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Southwest Health Systems, and San Juan Basin Public Health. Additionally, for local information on closures and restrictions check with Montezuma County or Town of Mancos.

We are continuing to work to provide programs, activities and other services remotely – please check our website and FaceBook page for details and announcements. We appreciate all the support and understanding that we have received from the community during this time, and we hope for your continued support as we work to getting back to some semblance of normal.

Lee Hallberg
Executive Director

Minutes – August 3, 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic Meeting – Outside the Library – 1 pm

(as submitted)

Members present:  Ilga, Laurie, Koko, Miriam, Anne, Lee, Tulli, Amy via Zoom

1. Call to order 1:08 p.m.

2. Minutes from June meeting as emailed – approved.

3. Guest requests — none

4. Proxy/e-mail votes — none

5. Correspondence – none

6. Financial report (See report for details).  June and July.  Income from Amazon Smile (quarterly payment), hat sales (two), a donation, and a membership.  Secretary of State periodic report was filed, and the post office box fee was renewed.  Checking account total is $4879.87, savings $4221.58, for a total of $9101.45.  The report was approved.

7. Librarian’s report (No printed version.)  Lee’s update on the current status of the library is as follows:  It will continue to remain closed for August.  The Board met last Thursday and the decision was made to continue curbside service, which is meeting 90% of patron’s requests though without the ability to browse books and movies.  New books are displayed in the front window.  Printing services are offered for copying and faxing, after a 48-hour quarantine.  Interlibrary Loan service is still not running through Kangaroo Express, but there is hope that as soon as staff are rehired, the service will resume (week or two maybe). Laptops can be checked out, and a grant through the coronavirus CARES Act for ten more was received, in addition to wireless hotspots, which can be checked out a week at a time. School will start August 24, and the library is working closely with the school to meet needs of students for access to materials.  Dolores Library opened up July 15 for ten patrons at a time, and Cortez will open on August 15 by appointment, but Dolores is having problems with blowback from patrons on the use of masks and sanitizers.  Lee expressed to the Board his concerns about reopening due to the number of visitors from out of state plus commissioners’ stance on masks, which makes it worrisome for staff (there are now 14 active Covid cases in the county).  Lee announced Shari’s departure and his willingness to absorb her duties for now.  Zoom is active at the library at a cost of $70 per month, and is being used for trivia nights,  by some of the book clubs, and Midge’s interviews with authors.

8. Old business

Hats?  One more hat will be sold, which makes a total of three since last meeting.  Tulli suggested next time ordering brighter colors.

9. New business

Changes to bylaws to accommodate virtual meetings.  A motion was approved to add a Section 5 under “Article V: Meetings”, which would cover the use of virtual attendance.  The section would read as follows:  “Expectations are that all Officers and members attend meetings in person.  However, attendance by teleconference or videoconference is permitted when extenuating circumstances inhibit attendance in person, and will be considered the same as attendance in person for achieving a quorum or voting on an issue.”  According to the Bylaws also, there is supposed to be a review in a month for any changes, but in this circumstance the MFOL board decided to forego that requirement.  Lee will add it into the bylaws and send to Tulli, as Secretary, to preserve as a digital copy, and a paper copy will be placed in the binders.

Plant/book sale during Fall Festival?  No activities are planned for the rest of the year due to the Covid pandemic.

Next meeting – September 14?  Due to Labor Day on September 7, MFOL’s monthly meeting will take place a week later.

10. Adjourn  1:50 pm

Next meeting: September 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. on the library grounds.