Happy September! I hope that your summer was wonderful and that you are enjoying every last minute of the warm weather and sunny skies. While you prepare to get back into a regular school/work/autumn routine, we are preparing to make some changes here at MAPL.
In mid-October, we will begin a renovation project that will effect almost all of the areas of the library (except the meeting room space that was recently renovated!) -- we'll be changing out the flooring, getting a fresh coat of paint, re-arranging the Reference room, and making some fun changes in Children's. All of these improvements will leave MAPL feeling fresh and new, more inviting, and more user-friendly.
Of course, in order to do all of this work in the safest way possible, and with a minimum of interruption of our services, we will need to close the library for a period of time. MAPL will be closed from Saturday, October 17th through Friday, October 30th. If all goes according to schedule, we plan to re-open on Saturday, October 31st to welcome you back with a Halloween treat!
We realize that this will inconvenience some of our patrons, and we are terribly sorry for that, but fortunately, we are part of a wonderful consortium of libraries (Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium), and your MAPL card affords you access to materials, computer use, and Reference and other services at 28 other libraries! Check out the list here: http://www.lmxac.org/info/member-libraries/. Don't let the name fool you -- Monmouth County is also represented and your MAPL card is valid in Keyport and Red Bank (as well as just over the county line in Old Bridge and Sayreville!).
You should also keep in mind that while our building will be closed, our website is available 24/7. All of our amazing electronic resources will be available to you from home, work or school, as always.
Also, no fines will be charged during the renovation. The book drop will be closed, but no fines will accrue. You can enjoy a little extra time with our materials.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 732-583-9100 or email@example.com. We thank you in advance for your patience, and look forward to welcoming you back after our improvements are complete so you can enjoy the new MAPL!