Chandler Library awarded coronavirus relief grants

Chandler Public Libraries reopened public areas to customers after months of being closed due to COVID-19, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler Public Libraries reopened public areas to customers after months of being closed due to COVID-19, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Chandler Public Libraries reopened public areas to customers after months of being closed due to COVID-19, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Chandler Public Libraries reopened public areas to customers after months of being closed due to COVID-19, according to a news release from the city of Chandler.

Masks are required to enter; capacity is reduced; and a registration process is in place for 45-minute sessions allotted for some services, such as computer access, according to the news release. Additionally, some reductions in hours of operation remain in place, with these facilities closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice, according to the city.

“For many people their neighborhood library is like a second home away from home, and that feeling is back now that people are walking through our doors. We have missed people browsing our book stacks, using our computers, or just sitting and reading quietly,” Library Manager Rachelle Kuzyk said in a news release. “But we could not reopen until we found a way to strike a balance between providing service to the community and maintaining a reasonably controlled and safe environment for the public and staff. I think we have accomplished that.”

The library developed Grab 'n Go kits during the pandemic and added digital content targeted to specific library users, according to the city. The new programs are supported by a $10,000 coronavirus relief grant approved by the Arizona State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, according to the city.

"Grab 'n Go kits are bags full of learning activities, books and reading recommendations, printed instructional materials and more developed for different age groups. Kits are available for parents and caregivers wanting to support their child’s educational needs, teenagers who no longer have access to afterschool programming, unemployed adults in need of job search resources, and older adults who miss the social interactions they previously garnered from monthly book discussions and other adult programs," read the news release.


The coronavirus relief grant also allowed for the purchase of laptops, tablets and video-editing software to allow staff to record how-to videos.

"Chandler Library also received $5,188.69 from the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services," according to the news release. "The grant is part of their Diversit-E: eContent for Public Libraries initiative, which supports the development of digital content related to the topics of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Chandler Library used the funds to add 151 new digital titles (80 ebooks and 71 audio books) related to these topics that will be available through the CloudLibrary."

Visit chandlerlibrary.org or call 480-782-2800 for more information.


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