Libraries in the Woods (LITW) is a collaborative entity made up of 27 local rural libraries. The genesis of this group has its roots in collaborating on community reads in 2019 and 2020. The programming for the latter, which was almost completely scheduled during April and May, ended up being either cancelled or re-imagined due to the advent of the COVID-19 virus.
A week or two into the pandemic, the members of LITW began meeting weekly via Zoom, to discuss everything, from the latest information regarding virus transmission, ventilation systems, quarantine procedures, minutia of virtual programming, shared programming, and anything else that would enable us to keep our patrons and staffs safe while also offering full access to all library holdings and engaging programs and services. This group has been an invaluable source of support, information, and inspiration, and continues to be so.
During the summers of 2020 and 2021, LITW joined together with the Northfield Drive-In and hosted a thematic series of movies celebrating each year’s Summer Reading theme and slogan. These events gave families the chance to enjoy evenings out among others while also being safe.
We look forward to our future collaborations with this vibrant group of local libraries!