Thursday, July 18, 2024

Library books are a critical resource for residents, especially at this time of less human contact. Bins of returned books at libraries show the range of those using our libraries – children’s books, young adult novels, research books, novels and more.

The city has just announced that contactless book pickup will stop at all Cambridge libraries for at least two weeks due to the pandemic. At branch libraries, staff stayed inside buildings and accepted library cards and distributed books to those waiting outside, never coming close and having no physical contact. Meanwhile, the city manager has allowed bars, gyms and indoor dining to continue. This makes no sense.

The city manager continues to allow business interests to dictate policy while withholding needed social services for residents. Science should drive city policy.

Reopen our libraries for contactless pickup!

Susan Yanow, Norfolk Street