The Latest from Burlington County Library System

In today’s email from BCSL Director, Rajna Das, she outlined the steps that the County Library is embracing in order to open library services to users.  For those who may have missed the email

  • June 22: Select BCLS locations began opening preparations
    • This meant accepting returns of the 60,000+ materials that were in customer homes since mid-March.
    • We continue to catch-up with the volume of returned materials and the added step of a 72-hour quarantine for each returned item.
  • June 29: Launched our new Curbside Serviceand resumed Library by Mail
    • Library customers are taking advantage of this to obtain books, DVDs and other library materials from our four operational libraries.
  • Ongoing: Making the necessary physical changes to our buildings
    • Reconfiguring workspaces as well as moving and spacing furniture and computers to allow for social distancing.
    • Installing plexiglass shields at public desks and counters.
    • Ensuring cleaning and sanitizing procedures are in place.
  • What’s Next: Welcome customers back to our buildings and open more BCLS locations


Kids @ The Museum

Even closed museums are chock-full of things do do to keep kids busy this summer.  Based upon an article from The New York Times, Digital Field Trips: Museum Adventures Abound for Kids, your children can keep busy and creative this summer with crafts, videos, and performances.

Just some of the museums mentioned are:

Update from Our Library Director, Mr. Christian: Some Services Now Available!

Today we got confirmation from Riverton Free Library’s Director and Branch Manager, Christian Pulverenti, that if you have books to return, they are being collected at the Cinnaminson branch of the BCLS, even if you did not take them out from that library.

If you wish to receive Curbside Service, you can request a book from the Cinnaminson branch and arrange with them for them to deliver to your vehicle .  You will not be able to order an item from another branch, such at Riverton — only materials found at that, specific library, be it Cinnaminson, the Main Library in Westhampton, or Evesham or Pemberton.  Contact each library, directly for details.  You can search the BCLS online catalog for titles and material locations.

July 5, 1920 — A Special Riverton Parade

The Historical Society of Riverton’s published a series of articles about World War I and Rivertonian’s part in the war effort. Once the battles were over, they honored those who returned home with the most spectacular Independence Day parade ever seen in Riverton.  In A Grateful Community, the May 2017 Gaslight News issue, check out a full description of the parade and some outstanding photos from the day.

Enjoy some photos in our gallery!  Special thanks to the Historical Society of Riverton for the publication of their collection of images.

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How to Explain Racism to Your Kids

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Great literature can help create new ideas and meaningful conversations.  Need some help discussing difficult topics?  This is a reposting of an article from June 2nd, 2020 The New York Times entitled These Books can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids.  The book list that they list in their article includes the Ezra Jack Keats’s classic, The Snowy Day, as well as a lovey, new book entitled Hair Love, about a black father learning to care for his daughter’s hair for the first time.  Also included is the award-winning Last Stop on Market Street.

Check them out!