As a volunteer organization supporting the Fresno County Public Library, we must first and foremost consider the safety and health of our volunteers and the communities we serve during the Covid-19 crisis. As the communities that we serve begin to open up, we will continue to follow guidance from the Library, Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, and the Fresno County Public Health Department to ensure that the health and safety of our volunteers and communities is always a priority.
As you know, the Library has begun opening for restricted services in many areas. However, the buildings are still closed to the public, and all summer in-library programming has been cancelled (see FresnoLibrary.org for virtual programming available). Due to the uncertainty of the situation, there have been no further timelines set for when the services will be back to 100%. This means that most of the services provided by the Friends also are on hold indefinitely.
The Friends Book Shop is closed and will remain so until further notice. In addition, due to the uncertainty of what public gatherings in August will look like, as well as the inability to begin meeting, planning, and preparing for such a large endeavor, we must postpone our annual Big Book Sale.
Going forward, we will continue to work in close partnership with the Library and health experts to prepare for the time when we can begin serving our communities again. We will continue to update this page as developments warrant.
Thank you for your continued support and donations. We look forward to seeing you all and working together again soon.
President, Friends of the Fresno County Public Library