Adapting and Innovating: What’s on the Horizon for Our Public Libraries?

Program for Sunday, May 30, 2021

What are people reading during the pandemic? Has that changed over the course of things? How will changes in reading patterns affect the way resources are delivered post-pandemic? The Eastham Public Library serves the community not just through its collections but also as a vital hub of social interaction. Tricia Ford and Debra DeJonker-Berry will reflect on life at the library during the pandemic, how libraries have adapted, and trends in what people are reading during the pandemic. They’ll talk about new collaborations among libraries and community organizations, and about how what they have learned will shape library practices and programming into the future.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting platform will open at 9:30 for informal socializing. Program will begin promptly at 10:00. 

Now in her seventh year as the Director of the Eastham Public Library, Debra DeJonker-Berry moved to Provincetown in 1993 to become the Library Director. Almost 30 years, later, while still a “washashore,” she has learned to love everything about this place – but especially the people, their love for the environment and community, and their willingness to listen and learn. All of which is so very evident in the community’s support for public libraries. 

Tricia Ford relocated to Eastham in 2011 to work at the Eastham Library, where she immediately fell in love with both Eastham’s character and Eastham’s characters.  In 2012, she left the Eastham Library to become the Director of the Truro Public Library.  Although she never would have predicted being a librarian as a profession, she became attracted to the glamour, glitz, and of course the money.   She trained to be a newspaper librarian and worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times, before shifting her focus to public librarianship.