Curbside service now available at Anythink

Beginning June 1, 2020, all Anythink locations will offer curbside services for holds during special hours. This service is a contact-free opportunity for community members to receive materials to help them stay informed and entertained. Customers are encouraged to place holds online in advance, and follow special curbside instructions to ensure a safe interaction. All materials returned to Anythink are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, and are then handled with care before being placed in delivery bags.

“As Anythink can safely add services, we are happy to give our customers options,” says Anythink Director Pam Sandlian Smith. “This July, we hope to open our libraries for customers in a capacity that ensures the safety of our staff and community. The library experience is so special – we are adapting our spaces so that people can reconnect with us in meaningful ways.”

Libraries are an important part of the community fabric, and have evolved to meet the changing needs of the kids, families, job seekers, entrepreneurs, artists and individuals. By developing ways for people to connect with important resources to help them thrive, the library serves as an important community hub. Though the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has temporarily altered the ways in which physical spaces can be used, Anythink and libraries everywhere continue to adapt and serve the community. Anythink believes that it is more important than ever to stay connected to the residents of Adams County through innovative approaches. 

This summer, Anythink will launch a new community engagement system, transforming traditional library management with a holistic and people-centric approach. This system, OCLC Wise, will further Anythink’s commitment to connecting people with ideas and each other by providing customers with a more personalized experience and interface. Tailored to an individual’s wants and needs, this platform will help customers better discover materials and services to help fuel their curiosity and sense of connection. Additionally, Wise will help Anythink staff make informed and streamlined decisions about collection development, materials acquisition and distribution, library spaces, programming and, most importantly, community needs.

While in-person programming remains on hold, Anythink has invented new ways to carry on community traditions. Anythink’s Backyard Concert Series will launch on June 12 with local music performances streamed live. A fundraiser for the Anythink Foundation, this new format will provide exciting ways for people to interact with the band, the library, and with each other – all from the comfort of home. On June 15, mySummer will return with new opportunities to celebrate wonder. With weekly challenges and online challenges, customers will be able to explore creative ways to stay engaged throughout the summer.

On Tuesdays at 10:30 am, caregivers and young learners can tune into a weekly live storytime on Anythink’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Hosted by Anythink’s youth services guides, these interactive videos encourage kids to move, sing and read along with storytellers. On Saturdays, families with young children can also watch additional preschool-aged activity videos posted to Anythink’s social media accounts.

Because many individuals rely on the library for access to technology – including printers – Anythink now provides a free print and mail service. Community members are invited to email documents to in order to have them printed and mailed by an Anythink staff member. In an email, those using this service should include the document, number of copies to be printed, their name and address, and the recipient’s name and address. 

To combat isolation, Anythink staff has also reached out directly to more than 6,000 aging individuals in Adams County to check in on them. Through this outreach, library staff have been able to connect older adults with essential services, while also enjoying friendly conversation.

Additional services will be added in the coming weeks as the library continues to respond to the needs of the community. With a robust digital catalog that includes educational resources, ebooks, audiobooks, and television, music and film streaming, you can find Anythink Everywhere.

Curbside Service Locations & Hours

Anythink Brighton, Anythink Huron Street and Anythink Wright Farms
Monday-Thursday, 12-6 pm
Friday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm

Anythink Bennett, Anythink Commerce City, Anythink Perl Mack and Anythink York Street
Tuesday-Thursday, 12-6 pm
Friday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm