Library staff thanks patrons; most services back to normal

It has been an unusual year for the Bloomfield Public Library. The staff and I want to let our patrons and the community know how grateful we are for their support and patience during the last year.

I took over as director in February 2020 and a month later the pandemic was added to the mix. Last March we immediately began offering, and continue to offer, curbside delivery of materials requested by phone; other libraries in the area did not begin this service until several months later.

We were here Monday-Friday all day providing what services we could, including printing documents to pass through the door and offering faxing services, all of which were not done by other area libraries for several months. The Ottumwa Public Library is only now letting patrons into their building while other libraries are still operating on a limited basis.

During the year we continued to purchase a lot of new books, DVDs and magazines and posted book covers and DVDs to our Facebook page. We offered and continue to offer Wi-Fi access out to the street. The Wi-Fi password is posted at both doors, so that if someone needs internet access at any time, they can access it.

This year has been very stressful working to keep staff and patrons safe, making decisions on how to reopen safely, and waiting for vaccinations. We hope conditions in 2021 will improve and, despite budget cuts, we will offer pre-pandemic services and a few new ones.

We are currently working on details to open our meeting rooms safely and provide some programming but otherwise we are back to normal operations.

We require masks but not appointments. We are open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are no words that can express our appreciation for our patrons’ patience and support over the last year. Their continued use of the library and words of encouragement have been both uplifting and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support.

Anne Tews (Director)

Anita Shockley

Deb Barnhart

Jennifer Ball

Robert VonBon (custodian)

“Thank You” to Randy Evans

I always enjoy and appreciate the “Stray Thoughts” articles as offered by Randy in the Bloomfield Democrat as well as his articles in the Des Moines Register.

My recollection (which can be faulty at times) varies just a tiny bit as to when newly elected Terry Branstad began ordering Christopher Godfrey to resign his six year term as Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner which he held since 2008.

Terry was re-elected in November 2010. The vote tally had barely completed when he began his ordering Mr. Godfrey to resign. Terry would not be inaugurated as Governor until January 2011.

Mr. Godfrey sued Terry for cutting his salary by 1/3 an Iowa District Court Verdict stipulated Iowa Taxpayers must pay the $1.5 million in damages.

As the months and years go flying by, hearings occur and attorney fees grow.

The Iowa Supreme Court is to hear this situation sometime this spring. I hope the cost to Iowa’s taxpayers is disclosed for all to see.

Beverly Spurgeon

Bloomfield, Iowa