At NEO-RLS we had been venturing back into the realm of in-person events, only to be brought up short due to increasing COVID numbers, new mask guidelines from the CDC and additional information regarding the efficacy of vaccinations. We have also been listening to what libraries are doing with regard to masks and programming. As a result, we will be continuing with our online options for the remainder of 2021 in order to provide you with a safe, hopefully stress-free, manner of participating in continuing education. Last week while on vacation, I encountered a sign at the Old Jail in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, which seemed to sum everything up well in terms of everyone doing their best to continue serving their constituents. The sign read as follows:
Welcome to the Old Jail
We are very sorry….
We can’t do anything about the weather.
We can’t do anything about the pandemic.
We can’t do anything about masks.
We can’t do anything about rules.
But we can be nice.
If you can be nice, please come in.
If you can’t be nice, come another time when you feel better.
Have a pleasant day.
Thanks for your continuing participation and enjoy your week! Together we are maximizing library potential.