The library strives to stay open during the difficult days of COVID 19. To keep the staff and community safe the following procedures will be in place.
Library Building Hours: The library building will be open to the public:
9-8 Monday through Thursday
Hours are dependent on staff levels which will fluctuate based upon community testing and school schedules.
Face Masks: Facemask which cover the mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Facemasks should remain on during your entire stay in the library. If you are unable to wear a facemask for any reason, please use curbside or online services. Library visitors are expected to provide their own masks.
Building Capacity: Capacity will be monitored to keep the capacity below 15 people.
Time Limits: Members of the public are expected to follow the recommended time limit of 30 minutes for general library use and for computers: 60 min/ 30 min extension possible. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
Public computer stations: The library has five public computers available, and they are six feet apart. The stations will be wiped down in the morning. Additional wipes are available at each computer station. People using the computers need to wear their facemasks properly while using the computer station.
Reservation System: To track capacity & time limits the library is using an online reservation system. To reserve a time to use the library the public is encourage to place a reservation online or to call the library.
Walk-In Service: The library will allow limited walk-in service for people who do not make a reservation.
Curbside Service: The library will continue to offer curbside service for the foreseeable future. However, the customers of curbside pick-up may experience a longer delay in before items are ready to picking-up. Library staff will fulfill online reserves in less than 24 hrs (Sunday exception).
Homebound Service: Patrons who consider themselves homebound may use this existing service for once a month home delivery.
Children in the library: Children are welcome in the library under the parameters set for facemasks, time limits, capacity and the unattended child policy, which states no one under 8 can be in the library without a caretaker 12 or older. Children, preschool age and older are required to wear a facemask correctly.
Fixtures & Furnishings: In general, furniture will remain in place. Individuals visiting the library need to follow social distancing guidelines. Since the capacity limit is low library visitors should not experience difficulty finding an area that meets social distancing guidelines.
Children’s Section: All most all manipulatives such as puppets, LEGOS and ice cream truck play items have been placed in storage. Remaining items in the children’s are can used the at the discretion of the caregiver. Purell wipes are located in the Children’s area.
Returned library items: Returned library items will be place in a 24 hour quarantine after which time the items will be shelved. This practice is based on recommendations from Dr. David Berendes, from the Centers for Disease Control and Emanuel Goldman, Ph. D. The handling of returned library items will be re-evaluated, as new information is made available.
Hand sanitizer will be placed at various places in the building.
Purell wipes will be available in the children’s area and at the front desk.
The library will review, adjust and update procedures continually. We are committed to serving the public while maintaining recommended protocols for public safety.
The library has made efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, but the risk of infection cannot been eliminated. To further reduce your risk consider using curbside service or online resources.
Wearing a mask correctly is required to enter the library.