The East Grand Forks Campbell Library has functioned as a “special jewel” during the past year with the coronavirus pandemic.

Though Minnesota restrictions are much more intense than those of North Dakota, the Campbell Library staff have gone above and beyond to provide numerous services to their constituents. Emails are answered, books are packaged and left outside the library door, times were set for individual browsing, and, when it became possible, the doors were opened and customers (in appropriate numbers), were allowed in. Activities for children were (and are) presented via social media. Groups with special interests, like lego building and puzzle exchanges, were helped to find special ways to continue their pursuits during the “corona days.” And all this was done while being short staffed.

I encourage the City Council to revisit the library’s request for a professionally trained specialist to coordinate and expand the services offered.

The Campbell Library and staff are jewels we have in our midst, and we all need to support and be thankful for it.

Mary Ann Laxen, East Grand Forks