Public library kicks off curbside service


The Liberty Hill Public Library took the first step in reopening this week, beginning a curbside pickup service on Tuesday.

“It is really a huge relief to get back to serving the community,” said Librarian Angela Palmer. “You feel so helpless, and this is not a huge thing but it’s something we can do for the community.”

The library had 30 to 40 cars coming by to pick up items on the first day, according to Palmer, with just as many scheduled for the second day.

Curbside is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 3-7 p.m. Thursday.

“So far, no hiccups and the system is working pretty good right now,” she said. “It looks simple but there are a lot of moving parts.”

Cardholders – either online or by calling the library – can hold as many as 10 items for pickup. Once items have been put on hold, patrons will wait for a call from library staff telling them the items are ready for pick up.

The health and safety of patrons and staff is a top priority, said Palmer, adding that the library would appreciate if patrons picking up items would wear a cloth covering or mask and remain in their car.

“If you are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with any friends or family who have had it, please do not use curbside service at this time,” she said. “Staff will wear masks and gloves and practice social distancing precautions. While we follow all CDC and ALA procedures for decontaminating library items, there is no guarantee that all items are 100 percent safe. A handout will accompany your library materials with suggestions for additional safety procedures that you can take at home.”

Anyone needing help finding something to read for themselves or a family member can call the library at (512) 778-6400 and ask to speak to Palmer.

When picking up, patrons will pull into a spot with a sign that has a number on it. Simply call the library number on the sign and give the spot number for delivery of items.

Inside the library, staff is busy putting together almost 8,000 2GoKits for the children’s summer reading program, with the first being edible DNA kits. Palmer said they hope to begin giving out the kits daily during the first week of June. The library has established an Amazon wishlist for craft items needed to put the kits together and the link can be found on the library’s Facebook page for anyone wanting to purchase items as a donation to the program.

For now, Palmer also asks that no one bring donations of books and media to the library as storage is limited in the building due to the curbside program and preparations for the Summer Reading Program.