For years the Lithgow Public Library in Augusta has been an architectural staple of our city. But over the years as their offerings have deepened, it has become some much more than that. First of all, what is the correct way to pronounce its name? Lith-go, or Lith-g-ow? Well, the name comes from the ancestors of TV and movie actor, John Lithgow, so you would think that would be the correct pronunciation, however, we've been hearing people say it both ways for years.

As with so many other businesses and organizations, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt at Lithgow Library, too. But, surely but slowly, they are bringing back all of their community services to the Augusta area. We had the chance this morning to speak with the Library's director, Sarah Shultz-Nielson.

Currently the library is functioning under normal operating hours with the exception of Saturday's being opened only from 9a-12noon. Though the library will look a little different on the inside than it did before the pandemic hit in March, many of their services are back up and running.

Adults can still come in and use the library's computers for web-browsing, printing and copying. They also offer browsing by appointment, which allows people to schedule an appointment to come in and go through all the material in the library. Lithgow is also offering a fun new service called 'Lithgow to go' which allows people to choose the materials they want from home online, then you can pull up curbside and someone will come out with the items you selected.

The library also offers free wifi which can be utilized from outside in the parking lot and doesn't require a password. Lithgow library also offers free passes to the Sensory Gym, Farnsworth Art Museum and even some Maine State Parks. Those perks are offered to current library card holders. The library also offers streaming services on their cloud-based library.

Have a listen to ALL of the wonderful things you can find at the Lithgow Public Library as we discuss them all on air with Director Sarah Shultz-Nielson.


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