Citing the spike in Inland Empire COVID-19 hospitalizations and the governor’s recent directives to slow the spread of the virus, the Board of Trustees of AK Smiley Public Library in Redlands voted unanimously at their meeting on December 8 to suspend in-person services at the library. The suspension is effective immediately and will be in place until at least January 4. Board President Bill Hatfield stated “We regret having to take this step and are hopeful that conditions will allow us to resume in person services sometime early in the new year.”
Library patrons can still obtain DVDs, books and magazines via the Smiley’s Books to Go program which enables cardholders to select material online, with email or on the phone. Details can be found on the library website www.akspl.org . In addition the library’s electronic resources including virtual storytimes and programming, databases, the digital New York Times, the digital Flipster magazine service and the Kanopy and Kanopy for Kids streaming networks are available 24/7 from home to all Smiley cardholders.
Patrons can continue to return library material into the book drop however the library will be unable to accept donated material until further notice.
For further information see the library’s website or call 909-798-7565.