snowy trail

my only companions

fly away

-Kristen Lindquist

 

Dear friends and members of the Monhegan Memorial Library,

Does your trail feel lonely right now? Let’s hope the summer will bring more companionship – if at a social distance, with a mask!

Obviously, this summer on Monhegan will be different. Monhegan is particularly vulnerable to the virus, with a number of elderly and at-risk residents, and no medical facilities. At the same time, the local economy depends a lot on summer visitors. We at the Library, like all Monhegan enterprises, are working out how to operate in a safe manner. The island has created a Monhegan COVID19 Task Force. For the latest information visit http://www.monheganplantation.com/covid-19-resources.html.

The library is currently closed to visitors. Requested books are left out for patrons, and the handle of the book drop is frequently sanitized. Things being considered for a June or July opening include: limiting the number of visitors at any one time, requiring masks and social distancing, no browsing or touching the books on shelves, and having hand sanitizer available.

We have regretfully had to cancel the Distinguished Writers Series for this summer. We look forward to resuming it in 2021. Our annual Raffle and other fundraising events cannot be held in their usual formats. We are working on creative fundraising ideas, but we urge you to renew your membership and add any extra donation you feel you can make. For updates. follow us on Facebook (Monhegan Memorial Library) or visit our website, http://www.monheganlibrary.com. You can also always email our librarian, Mia, with any questions at monheganmemoriallibrary@gmail.com.

While we are all working to make this summer as “normal” as we safely can, this will clearly be an economically depressed year for many island residents. Our affordable housing program, Monhegan Island Sustainable Community Association (MISCA), has created a Community Relief Fund to help islanders who are struggling with occupancy related costs. The Library has made a generous contribution from our endowment fund. We also urge you to consider donations to

Friends Of Monhegan Volunteer Fire Department (FOMVFD) for medical and emergency supplies, and the Monhegan Community Church for their discretionary fund focusing on food security.

We have all been affected in numerous ways by this terrible pandemic. We can also each do our part, in whatever way, as members of the greater Monhegan community. If you can safely come this summer, wonderful! If you can donate, thank you. Together we will get through this. This summer will be different; the Monhegan we all love lives on.

Respectfully yours,

Miki Partridge

President, Library Board

 

To donate to Monhegan COVID Relief Funds:

MISCA Community Relief Fund

Visit http://www.miscainfo.com/misca-community-relief-fund.html to donate online Or send your donation by mail to: MISCA, PO Box 303, Monhegan ME 04852 Specify that your donation is for the “MISCA Community Relief Fund”

FOMVFD Fund

Visit their Facebook page, Monhegan Volunteer Fire Department, and click “Contact Us” Or email FriendsOFMVFD@gmail.com with your offer of monetary aid, goods or services

Monhegan Community Church Fund

Send your donation to: Monhegan Community Church, PO Box 35, Monhegan ME 04852 Specify that your donation is for the “Discretionary Fund”

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