Brigantine Library shifts operations to Community Center

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From left, library staffers Bonnie Cohen and Beth Bliss assist library patrons Carol Strickler and Patti Loers at the new Library Outpost at the Community Center.

The BBCC has a new tenant: the Brigantine branch of the Atlantic County Library. On Monday, Dec. 3, the library opened a temporary Outpost at the Community Center while the branch continues to undergo Sandy-related repairs.

Library hours at this location are 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday. The Bookmobile visits on Fridays.

Library users will find books, movies, newspapers, magazines at this temporary location. Library materials may be picked up and returned here. The Outpost is taking advantage of the BBCC’s WiFi signal, and has three laptops as well as a printer for patrons’ use. All services, such as DVD and audio book lending, are available.

Brigantine staff (the usual smiling suspects) will be there to assist users in borrowing materials from other county library branches.

Storytime programs for children ages 3 to 5 will be provided 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays in the community center playroom.

The library’s Book Discussion group meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Outpost as well.

“We’re delighted to be settling in to our temporary quarters at the Brigantine Beach Community Center,” said Librarian Beth Bliss in an email. “ACLS/Brigantine staffers have worked closely with BBCC staff, who have been very accommodating as we’ve undertaken the creation of an Outpost that’s providing the library services our patrons expect and deserve.

:Everything’s on a smaller scale than usual, of course, but we are providing as full a range of library services as the space permits. And we’ve been thrilled to be reconnected with our wonderful patrons; it’s been like reunion week around here.”

Although the flood-damaged library is unable to host activities and events, library programming will continue as space permits, Bliss said.

“I’m happy to report that we’ll be able to reinstate some ACLS/Brigantine-sponsored events – starting with a holiday movie day on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the BBCC’s Art Room,” Bliss said. “We have had lots of traffic in the first few days at this temporary Outpost, and look forward to even more as folks learn about it.”

For more information call the library at (609) 266-0110 or see the Atlantic County Library’s online calendar at www.atlanticlibrary.org.


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