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Library Reopening with Limited Hours, Services

Post Date:June 30, 2020 11:45 am

Our goal is to reopen in gradual, measured steps in a manner that does not jeopardize the health and safety of our employees and the community we serve.  

Library Schedule. Starting July 1, our hours of operation are: 

Monday – Friday             9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday                              9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday                                  CLOSED

The first hour of operation each day is reserved for senior citizens and patrons with health concerns.

The north side drive-up book drop and pick-up window are open the same schedule as building hours.

Limited Capacity. Upon reopening, our building capacity should not exceed 70 patrons (not including staff) which is ¼ occupancy for areas that will be available for patron use. On a regular basis we will assess if a lower capacity needs to be posted and enforced to assure the health and safety of our employees and the community we serve.

Limited Duration of Visits. Patrons may use the library once each day for up to one hour.

Supervision of Minors. Children 14 and under need to be with an adult at all times.

Limited Functions. To lessen the spread of COVID-19, building spaces will concentrate on individual library services. Upon reopening of the building, several “library as community center” functions will be unavailable at this time:

  • Meeting rooms and study rooms
  • Commons/lobby area including vending machines and restrooms/drinking fountains
  • Friends Book Sale (no donations will be accepted until further notice)
  • Group use spaces
  • All multi-party gatherings
  • Children’s discovery/play area elements
  • Makerspace
  • Teen gaming
  • Study tables/chairs
  • Newspapers

    Certain functions will also be limited:

  • Seating is limited for senior citizens upon request.
  • A reduced number of socially-distanced public access computers are available to adults and teens only with a one hour limit per day.
  • Newest issues of magazines will be available for checkout instead of in-library reading.
  • One single-stall public restroom is available in the Children’s Section for children and parents, and another one is available on the east side of the library for teens and adults. The multi-stall restrooms in the lobby will not be made available.
  • The Heritage Room is available by appointment only with a one hour limit per day.
  • Grounds are limited to vehicle (including bicycle) movement, curbside, drive-up and parking functions; and pedestrian entrance/exit only. In order to expedite social distancing and unimpeded access for library visitors, these exterior surfaces including lawn and gardens, building columns and walls, bicycle racks, and walkways are not intended as seating or gathering spaces.

Unavailable areas will be posted as such and blocked off as much as possible. Unavailable furniture will either be put in storage or posted as unavailable for use.

Library visitor/patron general COVID-19 screening. A staff member will welcome patrons in the lobby area at the beginning of their library visit. Along with providing general information, the staff member will ask each patron three screening questions:

1) Have they returned from international travel within the past two weeks? If so, we will require they quarantine for 14 days.

2) Have they tested positive for COVID-19 or have the following symptoms-fever of 100.4 F. or above, or a sudden onset of a cough or sudden onset of shortness of breath? Is so, we will require they home-Isolate, unless Isolated in a health care facility, for a period of no less than ten (10) days from the date of the first-positive test or onset of symptoms.

3) Have they had close contact - within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes - of a person who tested positive or someone with the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 F. or above or sudden onset of a cough or sudden onset of shortness of breath? If so, we will require they wait 10 days from symptom onset, plus 72 hours symptom free before visiting the library.

Patrons have the option to provide their name and contact information at the Welcome Desk log book. This information will be used in the event contact tracing is necessary.

Social distancing and hand hygiene practices should be followed while visiting the library. Patrons are also highly encouraged to follow masking practices. Cloth face coverings may prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from transmitting it to others.

Service Desk Acrylic Guards. Service desk interactions between employees and patrons may need to be conducted in close proximity, and will be done via see-through barriers with bottom transaction openings. Patrons not wearing masks MUST stay socially distant in order for library staff to assist them unless an acrylic guard is in place.

Signage and Social Distancing Barriers. Easy to understand signage will be placed throughout the library explaining safety procedures and rules to patrons, and throughout staff work areas. Whenever possible, objects will be used as social distancing barriers.

Code of Conduct Enforcement. The library has a Code of Conduct policy stating that “Activities and behaviors that are disruptive, that unreasonably interfere with another patron's use and enjoyment of the library, and that are detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of patrons and staff and to the efficient operations of the library for the benefit of its patrons, are not permitted.” COVID-19 related rules will be enforced through this policy.

Changing COVID-19 Conditions. While our services are limited at this time, we will assess changing COVID-19 conditions and loosen restrictions as we can while ensuring everyone's safety.  Likewise, if conditions warrant we will scale back operations if needed. It's our aim to return to a full set of hours, full staffing, and full services to enhance the quality of life for our community!

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