We’ve talked about how to close on a snow day, when you should close on a snow day, and what to keep in mind when you’re closing or staying open on a snow day, but now what’s the best way to tell your patrons that you will be closed that day?
In May, I wrote a blog about the 21st Century Library. Within the blog I stated your library should have a Facebook, a Twitter, a blog, or something to keep in touch with your patrons. Well this is a wonderful place to state that you will be closed for the day. One of the first things I do when I learn that we’re closed, I go onto the library’s Facebook and immediately post a “status” stating that we will be closed for the day, and wish everyone safe travels if they have to go out. Once that is accomplished, I go to our webpage, and edit the front page and put in bold letters and state that we will be closed today.
Now, do you post a sign on the front of your library saying your closed? Well, this will certainly depend on how bad the storm is and how safe the roads are. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it is all up to your judgement. Another thing you could do, if you’re able to. Is to change your voice mail at the library from your house, I know there is a way to do this because my boss does it, but I have not yet learned how to do it 😉 Changing the voice mail to something to state that you’re closed for the day and will re-open on “blank”.
We hope that this will help you calling a snow day and announcing your closed on snow days much easier!
Small Town Librarian