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Ramsey County Library Shares Ways They were Able to Connect with the Community

Karen Saltis, interim Library Director for Ramsey County, joined our podcast to tell us about ways that Ramsey County Libraries were able to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Ramsey County Library closed to the public at the beginning of the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a quick switch to curbside pickup and home delivery, Saltis wanted to do more for the community. 


“I’ve always had a passion for education,” Saltis said. 


Ramsey County Library was able to bring this passion for education to kids stuck at home with something they call read-make-do kits. These kits were able to bring activities and excitement to kids during a time that was full of fear and uncertainty. 


The kits had a variety of different activities and supplies around different topics for kids of all ages. One kit for kids K-5th grade had all you would need to grow your own salad. There were also activities for teenagers in different subjects like math, science and technology. 


Libraries in Ramsey County were also able to provide service for members of the community through service centers. These service centers were able to connect residents with things like financial assistance, social services and workforce services. 


As the pandemic continued Ramsey County Library was able to work to provide virtual service for its community as well. 


Starting on March 29, Ramsey County Libraries opened to the public with safety precautions. As the CDC continues to roll out recommendations and ways to stay safe, Ramsey County Library will continue to follow that guidance. 


Despite opening up to the public, curbside pickup will continue to be an option for residents who may not be comfortable entering the building.