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Back to the books: Glen Cove Public Library is now open for browsing

North Shore Historical Museum reopens

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As many Glen Cove residents are preparing to go back to school, two of the city’s resource centers have reopened — the Glen Cove Public Library and the North Shore Historical Museum.

While both had to close in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, many programs continued to connect patrons to programs, resources and opportunities for learning.

“We have English as a Second Language classes, citizenship classes, and yoga is a big hit,” Kathie Flynn, the library director, said.

But computers and sitting areas have been blocked off. The aisles of DVDs and books have arrows on the floor to keep patrons from walking past one another. And markers keep patrons six feet apart at checkout.

“We are going to have a security guard at the door, and the security guard will have masks available so that if people don’t have one with them, they can get one,” Flynn said. “There will be no congregating. It’s basically browse, get your materials and then leave so that other people can come in, since we do have limited capacity.”

Nalini Shyam, an avid reader from Glen Cove, said she was excited about browsing the shelves of the library again after using the curbside pickup service it has been offering for months. “I’m a retired teacher, so now I have the time to read,” said Shyam, who was checking out a number of books from the library on Tuesday. “It’s nice to actually touch and feel the books.”

Flynn said that the curbside pickup, for books and other media, will continue for those who still have reservations about being in public spaces.

At the North Shore Historical Museum, Director Amy Driscoll and board trustee and City Councilman Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews took to Facebook to announce its opening on Wednesday.

Driscoll and board directors like Stevenson-Mathews have been using Facebook to upload “Pop-Up Visits,” which provide viewers with history lessons on the North Shore or the museum. “I can’t believe this would have been our 14th pop-up episode,” Driscoll said. “Time has really flown the past few months.”

“I’m so thrilled that finally, you’ll be able to come to the museum,” she said. “That’s right: On Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. our doors will open, and you are all invited to come see our wonderful exhibit on the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.”

Tiffany, who was born in New York City in 1848, is mostly known for his stained glass art, including lamps. The lecture to go along with the exhibit will be presented online on Sept. 9, Driscoll said.

“Just like anywhere else, we require a six-foot distance and for everyone to wear masks,” Driscoll said. “We’ve been cleaning and sanitizing, and we will continue to do so to make it safe for you to visit.”

“Please know that we still need your support,” Stevenson-Mathews said. “Volunteers have been here helping us get ready and set back up. Of course we need your support financially. We need your support in attendance.”