Things to know about the Aug. 11 primaries

Things to know about the Aug. 11 primaries

Library reopens Monday; some things to know

Library reopens Monday; some things to know

The Democratic and Republican Primaries will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11.

All polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: District 1 Willard School, District 2 VFW, District 3 Hubbard School, District 4 Senior Center, District 5 Griswold School.

The candidates on the ballots are as follows:

Nomination for President of the United States (*endorsed candidate)

Democratic Party: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard; Republican Party: Donald J. Trump, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente

Uncommitted Representative in Congress 1st Congressional District

Republican Party: *Mary Fay, James L. Griffin

State Assembly District 30th (Berlin voting Districts 2, 3 and 5)

Republican Party: *Donna Veach, Jim Townsley

Absentee ballots:

Active qualified voters should have received an absentee ballot application from the Secretary of the State’s Office in the mail. Applications were sent only to active registered Democrats and Republicans, since the application is only for the August primaries. If you plan to vote at your polling place, you do not need to complete the application and can discard it.

If you did not receive an application and are registered as a Democrat or Republican, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 860-828-7036 for assistance.

The Plainville library building will reopen to the public on Monday, July 27, with service hours as follows: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Saturdays through Labor Day.

The library has released this list of frequently asked questions:

How are visitors protected from contracting the COVID-19 virus in the library?

Our highest priority is to deliver excellent library service while taking every precaution to protect library users, library employees, and their loved ones from the spread of COVID-19. We have fulfilled requirements under the CT Reopening Plan for Libraries issued by Governor Lamont. Even with these comprehensive precautions and protocols in place, some library users may still be wary; others may think such extensive measures are unnecessary. Library patrons are asked to keep in mind that visiting the library is at every individual’s own discretion and risk; if a person chooses to enter the library, they agree to follow protocol and accept the safety measures taken as sufficient.

Do I have to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer in the building?

Everyone who enters the library building will, without exception, be required to use hand sanitizer upon entry and wear a mask for the duration of their visit. If someone forgets to bring a mask with them, library staff will provide a disposable mask.

I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. How can I get library service?

If someone has a medical condition or other reason that prohibits use of a mask and/or hand sanitizer, then library staff is happy to assist via phone or email.

I prefer not to go to the library, but I still want access to materials. How can I do that?

Next-day pickup of orders in the library foyer will continue to be available for people who choose to avoid public spaces. The library website offers free online access to downloadable library materials such as e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies and TV shows. The website also offers free online access to, Consumer Reports, Mango foreign language learning, JobNow, and more resources. As always, reference staff is available via phone or email to answer questions; help with downloading materials or using virtual library databases on the library website; and offer reading or viewing recommendations based on an individual’s preferences.

Can I come in and read the newspaper, socialize, or relax with a book? Can I work on my laptop in the building?

Right now, the intention of in-house library service is for users to make short trips in and out to browse the collection; print, copy, fax or scan items; look up information; or ask reference questions. To discourage extended visits and to control the number of people in the building at one time, virtually all library seating and tables have been temporarily placed in storage, with just a handful of chairs available at computer workstations and for those who can only stand for short periods of time. Daily newspapers and current issues of magazines will not be available for browsing.

Will computers
be available?

Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available 24/7 from the library parking lot. The network is PPL, and password is Plainville (with a capital P).

To accommodate social distancing requirements, public computer stations in the building have been temporarily reduced to half of what was previously available. All users are limited to one 30-minute session per day, even if no one else is waiting. No exceptions will be made for additional time. This mandate is to maximize the number of users that can access computers throughout the day, and to discourage extended visits in the building.

Computer users are required to clean and sanitize their workstation after use with the cleaning materials made available to them.

Can I get help on
the computer?

One-on-one computer assistance or instruction is extremely difficult under social distancing guidelines. Computer users are asked to troubleshoot on their own as much as possible; if staff assistance is then deemed necessary, users will be asked to maintain a distance of at least six feet from the employee and computer station as they address the issue. If a visitor does not know how to navigate a computer or the Internet independently, one-on-one computer instruction cannot safely be provided at this time; however, reference staff is available to look up and print out information for library users.

Can I fax or make copies?

To prevent the spread of germs, the public does not have direct access to the copy/fax/scan/print machine; however, reference staff is happy to handle these needs. All computer printouts will be handed to users by a staff member. Curbside pickup of printouts is also available if materials are emailed to reference staff. Please call ahead for details.

Can I reserve a meeting room?

Meeting and study rooms remain closed and locked, and no reservations are available. Onsite meetings, programs, or indoor group gatherings of any size are discouraged until further notice.

Can my children play in the Youth Services area?

To prevent the spread of germs, all toys, play equipment and seating in the Youth Services area have been temporarily placed in storage.

When will programs and storytimes resume?

Onsite programs are suspended; however, library staff hopes to offer more virtual programming for adults, teens and kids soon.

I returned my items in the bookdrop yesterday, but they still appear as checked out on my

All returned materials are quarantined for 24 hours before they are checked in by staff. Items will not accrue fines for the time they are quarantined.

Why isn’t the library open until 9 p.m., like it
was before?

With no evening programs or meetings taking place, and with social distancing restrictions limiting the frequency of routine library visits, there will be greatly reduced foot traffic after typical work hours. An earlier closing allows extra time for additional daily cleaning and sanitizing tasks to be completed.

I have a complaint about these changes and restrictions. With whom can
I discuss?

Expressing concerns about the library on social media leads to misinformation that takes a great deal of time and energy to correct. Should anyone have concerns or complaints regarding library business, it is most effective to directly contact Library Director Trish Tomlinson,; 860-793-1446. 



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