Nina Ferry is the reference librarian and the head of adult technology services at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

“The first two weeks were a scramble as to how we were going to contact patrons and stay connected,” Ms. Ferry said, referring to the shut-down order.

Part of that scramble was transferring a large number of their materials and services into a digital medium. Individuals can still obtain library cards if they’re interested in any of the library’s newly purchased digital services which include e-books, e-audiobooks, videos and music.

“Now is the time to go to your library’s website and see what you can access, as many publishers are offering price breaks to libraries so we can offer more to our patrons,” she said.

“We have been so lucky that the town supports us,” she added. “I really want to stress that because nationally that’s not the case with all libraries.”

But part of the online adjustment for Ms. Ferry has been overcoming feelings of loss and disruption from her daily routine. She has a three-year-old son named Oliver and her partner is a first responder. She said their work schedules have always been set up to be mostly opposite from each other in order to take care of their son, but now their work hours often overlap.

“It means I am waking up earlier, staying up later and spreading my work responsibilities over seven weekdays instead of five.”

“My son often comes into the dining room to tell me to stop working,” she added. “He doesn’t understand why I am now home all the time, but not playing with him. On the flip side, I can show him birds outside of our window or join him for lunch daily, all the little check-ins that I’m not able to do when I am at the library and he is at preschool or home with his dad. I savor all these small joys.”

Aaron Wilson