Block Island Times

Roadside storytime

At the corner of Beach Avenue and Center Road, you can take a moment out of your day and read a book.
Not a book that you may have on you, but a book lined up on the side of the road, on the lawn of the Island Free Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Clerk Judy Mitchell’s house.
“I’ve got the perfect lawn for it,” said Mitchell. “So now when you’re walking into town you can read the story word for word.”
The Island Free Library is now closed due to the current medical crisis, but Director Kristin Baumann said that when town employees were asked to come off administrative leave last week, the staff at the library had to get creative in terms of how they could still connect with members and have a presence on the island.
“We had to start being creative about what our work would look like. This has been the challenge: what do our jobs look like and what creative ways we can do them in this time,” said Baumann. First, she said, “Judy wrote over 80 handwritten notes to our community to stay connected. Then we

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