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Lafayette Public Library Librarian Katharine Merrell delivers books weekly to Boulder Valley School District food distribution site at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Dominique Burns)
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While the Lafayette Library was closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, staff members have been making sure to the community had access to books.

Each week, library staff members have been going around town, filling little libraries for people to get new books for free.

“When the COVID-19 emergency happened, it was clear that the Lafayette Library’s summer reading program would not be able to happen in the usual way,” said Library Director Melissa Hisel. “Our program is all about encouraging recreational reading, reading for pleasure during the summer months.”

She said the program gives the Library the opportunity to give more than 6,000 books to children and teenagers in both English and Spanish.

Lafayette Public Library Librarian Renée Jacobsen filling one of many Little Free Libraries in Lafayette.(Photo courtesy of Dominique Burns)

“These books are 100% purchased with donor funds from the Friends of the Library Foundation,” Hisel said.

While the Library could have saved the books for next summer’s program, it wanted to achieve its goal of getting high quality books to kids by filling the little libraries in town.

“We started with just three little libraries that are sponsored by the Library,” Hisel said. “Waneka Lake Park, LaMont Does Park and Festival Plaza, but soon added neighborhood libraries to our stops.”

She said employees have been loading up a bike, going around town each week to fill the little libraries.

“We’re also delivering them to the Boulder Valley School District food distribution site at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School each week,” Hisel said. “We’ll keep it up as long as the supply of books last.”

While the public cannot go inside the Library, services are still available to residents with curbside pickup, free wifi in the parking lot, and putting the summer reading program online.

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