The Grundy Library is getting ready to reopen our building. Please continue to check our website for updates regarding our opening and new hours of operation.
When our doors finally reopen, visitors will enjoy updated restroom facilities as well as new air conditioning. Of course, there will be other changes as well.
In an effort to maintain the health and safety of patrons and staff, the Library has instituted new guidelines in accordance with recommendations from local and state health officials.
All visitors will be required to:
Wear a face mask (applies to all visitors age 2 and older)
Practice social distancing (6 feet)
In addition, please delay your visit if you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu like symptoms.
When you return, you will find that library furniture and equipment has been moved and, in some cases, removed to allow for distancing. Seating will be limited.
Visitors will be able to browse the collection and use computers as well. However, occupancy limits will be in place and we ask that visitors limit the length of their visits so that others may use the library as well.
Thank you in advance for complying with these visitor requirements, which are in place to keep you, our staff, and other visitors safe.
While you wait for our building to reopen, we invite you take advantage of Curbside Pickup. More information about this service can be found below.
The full Library Service Restoration Plan provides an overview of our reopening including 5 levels of services throughout which we slowly ease restrictions until we reach level 0, a return to normal.
Please note, per the restoration plan, the library building does not open to the public until we reach COVID Level 2.
This situation is fluid and so is our plan for restoring services. As restrictions ease, we will be monitoring community spread closely and, if needed, will return to a more restrictive level of service in order to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff.
Over the next several months, library construction projects will continue. While this work may impact our services at times, please know that we will do our best to minimize any further disruptions.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding,
Dana Barber Library Director
COVID Level 3 of the Library Service Restoration Plan began Monday, June 29.
Level 3 allows for curbside services at the library entrance; masks and social distancing required.
Returned materials continue to be accepted only through the outside book drop. As always, no donations accepted.
All returned items will be quarantined for 96 hours before they can be processed. It may take several days for your returned items to be cleared from your account. Please be assured we will not charge late fines during this time.
These informal events are a great way to show off what you have been working on, see familiar faces, and meet new crafting buddies! Click here for more information and to register.
Virtual Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a virtual discussion of the book
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottliebvia ZOOM. For more information and to register, click here.
Imagine Your Story
Summer Quest at the Grundy Library is virtual this year! Join us on Beanstack as we celebrate summer reading with this year's theme "Imagine Your Story." The program is for all ages - adults, teens and children - now through August 15. Read for a chance at prizes. Click here for more information.
Book Talks are book reviews by Grundy Library Staff. Included are books for teens and adults. They are released via our social media channels and reside on YouTube for easy viewing. Find the Grundy Library
Till the Boys Come Home: a Book Discussion with Bill Pezza
Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 pm
Local author Bill Pezza joins us for a virtual discussion of his newest book, Till the Boys Come Home via ZOOM.
A prequel to the popular Anna's Boys, Till the Boys Come Home is set in Bristol in the 1940's. Jack Francelli and his girlfriend, Annie Gemello, graduate from Bristol High School in 1941, six months before Pearl Harbor. Both become consumed by the war effort, Jack as a member of the 82nd Airborne fighting in Sicily, Anzio and Normandy, and Annie on the home front as an employee at the Kaiser-Fleetwing aircraft plant and an advocate for Blue Star families and veterans. She faces the war on the home front with the same vigor as Jack does on the battlefield. There's plenty of local color as the characters frequent cherished Bristol landmarks from the past. It's a story of love and separation, sacrifice and reward, a celebration of the human spirit that will leave you cheering for the spunk and loyalty of the characters and the small town that nurtured them. Register online.
With Love from Pluto
Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm
NASA Solar System Ambassador Dr. Ann Marie Schmiedekamp joins us for a virtual discussion of the NASA's New Horizons mission. The New Horizons mission has shown us the most distant objects in the solar system. What surprising findings has this mission revealed about Pluto and its neighbors?
Dr. Ann Schmiedekamp is a professor at Penn State-Abington who teaches both physics and astronomy. She is an astrophysicist who researches pulsars. She has been a NASA Solar System Ambassador since 1999 and is eager to share the findings of NASA missions with the general public.
The Nineteenth Amendment: How Women Won the Right to Vote in Pennsylvania and the Nation
Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 pm
You're invited to join us for a virtual presentation and discussion of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with Dr. Christina Larocco (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). Registration is required for this free event. Register and receive a ZOOM meeting link one hour before the event begins. #paforward #civicandsocialliteracy
Photo: Library of Congress
Monday, August 3 & 17
Code Club meets virtually the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month to learn a variety of programming languages and participate in coding challenges. Open to grades 3-12.
Click here for the current and past coding challenge videos.
Virtual Chair Yoga
Tuesday, August 4 at 12:00 pm
Take a break from work or the news and join us for a virtual chair yoga class. Elda uses Zoom video to teach you right in the comfort of your own home. You will need a chair and a device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone to view the live video on Zoom.Registration required;Register online.
Teen Virtual Book Club
Friday, August 28 at 3:00 pm
Join us for a teen virtual book club! We are discussing Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book was recently made into a fun, fast-paced movie and we want to know the all important question- is the book better? We are inviting all teens regardless of where they live to read this novel and discuss it online.Register to attend and receive our join code; this code will be emailed an hour prior to the meeting's start time.
Grundy Story Time
Missing story time at the library? Watch our growing library of virtual story times online whenever you want! Each week we read stories, sing songs, and learn new rhymes.
Teen Advisory Meeting (TAB) - Virtual
Thursday, August 13 at 3:00 pm
Need Volunteer Hours? Looking for a way to improve your community?
Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), we need volunteers in grades 6-12 to help us with programming, book selection, and so much more. Can't come every month- that's okay! Volunteers help select collection materials, plan teen programs for the library, and sometime become a cast of characters for those programs.
TAB meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm.
Help Meet the COVID-19 Feeding Challenge: Summer UPDATE
Mr. Gene Williams, Executive Director of The Grundy Foundation, announced in May 2020 a campaign to feed Bristol Borough's elderly, homeless, and families struggling with food insecurity due to the pandemic. He asked local community members to match the Foundation's $10,000 donation. To date, including a $1,000 donation made by William Penn Bank, just over $7,500 has been raised by the community. Local restaurants provided meals to seniors, the homeless, and at-risk families during June and July; matching donations will provide meals into August. To learn more visit www.grundyfoundation.com.
To assist us as well as to support them, we’ve engaged local restaurants Annabella’s Italian, Cesare’s Ristorante, King George II Inn, Itri Wood Fired and the Mill Street Cantina to provide meals to feed the homeless and seniors, respectively, in July and August.
In the true giving spirit of Bristol Borough, a strong community that cares for its own, we’re reaching out to you, other individuals and businesses to match our $10,000 contribution. With your help we could feed and care for so many more while at the same time support the local restaurants that make Bristol a dining destination. Won’t you consider contributing so we can provide services through the end of summer? Thanks for this consideration. Kindly pass this challenge along to family, friends, and those in a position to contribute.
Know that contributions big and small are appreciated. One hundred percent (100%) of every dollar will feed and care for the hungry among us. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to the Grundy Foundation, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007, or made at www.grundyfoundation.com using our PayPal Donate button. Please be sure to mark your donation with “COVID-19: Feeding Bristol Borough."
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library 680 Radcliffe Street Bristol, Pennsylvania 19007 215.788.7891 www.grundylibrary.org