Library Closure Update
With Governor Evers’ new Safer at Home order, extending to May 26th, the library’s tentative re-open date has again been pushed back. In the meantime, we will be offering curbside pick-up. All due dates have been extended to June 3rd, so please continue to hang onto the materials you have until we re-open. Stay safe, everyone!
Dear Community Members,
With the governor’s revised guidelines, we are now able to offer curbside pick-up. This service will be offered on an appointment-only basis, each Tuesday from 10am-12PM, subject to change depending on demand. Materials will be in paper bags at the top of the steps near the front door. If you have accessibility concerns, please let us know before you set up your appointment and we will accommodate you.
To gauge demand and interest, we will have our first curbside pick-up day on Tuesday, April 28th, from 10AM to 12PM. Please send us a Facebook message, an email (email@example.com), or give us a call (715-644-2004), to set up an appointment. We would prefer that you email us or message us through Facebook.
Please note that we are only able to loan materials that are currently on our hold-shelf or at the D.R. Moon Memorial Library.
- Set up an appointment through phone, email, or Facebook message.
- Come to the library at the specified time.
- Your materials will be in a bag at the top of the steps near the front door.
- A staff member will be monitoring each appointment to ensure that the materials get to the right person. To confirm your identity, hold up a card with the number you were assigned when you made the appointment.
- Take the bag and quarantine your materials for at least 24 hours.
To ensure social distancing, please come to the library at the time specified. Each appointment expires after ten minutes; if you have not picked up your materials within ten minutes you will have to schedule another appointment and our appointment slots for that day may already be full.
Thank you for your continued support. We’re looking forward to when we can reopen and welcome everyone back to the library again!
Stay well and take care,
At this time, we are glad to report that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chippewa or Clark County, and the risk for our area remains low. The school closure, recommendations of social distancing, programming cancellation and suspension, increased cleaning and disinfecting, etc. are all steps that have been taken in these last few days to limit the spread of COVID-19.
After serious consideration, the decision has been made to close the library until further notice. The decision to close is chiefly due to the fact that we may not be able to mitigate the risk to our staff and to everyone in our community if we remain open. With the school closure we would see increased use of the library. Even with our initial steps to stop the spread of the virus, the reality of library use and space does not allow for confidence that there is still not a significant risk posed by ill members of the community who may be using the library. The American Library Association has strongly recommended the closing of libraries precisely because “Libraries are by design unable to practice social distancing to the degree recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health authorities. Keeping libraries open at this time has the potential to harm communities more than help.” According to the CDC and infectious disease experts, this kind of drastic social distancing–closing gathering places and cancelling events–is key to flattening the curve and stopping the spread of the virus.
This decision was not an easy one. We know that our community relies on the library, particularly in times of crisis. We want to assure you that this closure does not mean a complete cessation of library services. Our digital resources are still available online via Hoopla, Overdrive, Freading, and Flipster. To start learning a new language or continue to work on one check out Transparent Languages Online which is also available as an app. Please find more information about these services and other digital resources on our website.
While we are closed, there is no need to worry about fines for materials! We are extending all loan periods and no fines will be incurred for the time that the library is closed. Our outdoor book drop will be closed, but you can return materials to the book drop on the front door. Otherwise, please hang onto the materials until we re-open.
Please follow us on our social media for continued updates and announcements. Send us an email or leave us a comment with any questions or concerns. We will continue to communicate with you as this outbreak evolves. We are hoping to be able to re-open April 6th, but that is subject to change. We are looking forward to coming together as a community and welcoming you all back to the library after this virus runs its course. Thank you for your support and understanding.