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Library Coronavirus Updates

by Library Admin

3/20/2020

Putnam County Community,

As you might have noticed, our website alert has now been changed to reflect that the closure of the library has now been amended from a specific date to “until further notice.” This change reflects language agreed upon after consulting with the library board. By being less specific, we will be better able to adjust to conditions in real time. We will be closely monitoring not only recommendations from the CDC and health organizations, but also local schools and area libraries for their best practices in this time. Hopefully, the worst of this crisis will soon be over. But we at the library would much rather have it said that we were overly cautious in this time than have it said that we were careless with the safety and health of our staff and patrons.

Until we reopen, I would have you take note that we will help however we can via the [email protected] email address. Also, do not forget that we have an abundance of resources which can be accessed completely digitally. In the coming weeks the staff and I will be doing our best to expand those resources not only with additional funding, but with our staff time as well. I will continue to provide updates as they become available, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the library again soon.

Matt McClelland, Director

 

3/16/2020

Putnam County Community,

In the interest of public and staff safety, the Putnam County Public Library will be closing at 8:00pm on 3/16/2020 due to concerns caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. This closure will be in effect until at least 4/6/2020. During these coming weeks, we will constantly be monitoring the situation for changes and updates from our community, state, and federal resources. While it is never an easy decision to take away valuable resources from our community, we recognize the need to assist in stopping the spread of this virus. Please feel free to use our digital resources and monitor our webpage and Facebook for any updates. In addition, the [email protected] email address will be monitored during this closure. If we can assist you with answering questions or providing information, we will make every attempt to do so.

Matt McClelland, Library Director

 

3/13/2020

Putnam County Community,

In addition to previously
announced measures, it is with regret that I announce that PCPL has made the
difficult decision to cancel all library programming and meeting room usage
through the end of March. At that time, we will reassess the situation. While these
services are vital to our county, we also have a responsibility to do our part
to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through our communities. In addition, the
Evergreen Consortium has extended
 due dates on library materials
to April 28th. We would ask that if you are sick, that you remain at
home and do not return materials. Any overdue fines relating to COVID-19
caution will be waived.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and look forward to
resuming all programming and services when it is safe and prudent to do so.

Thank you,

Matt McClelland, Library Director

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3/12/2020

Putnam County Community,

I wanted to take a moment to let our patrons know that we at the library are taking the recent Coronavirus outbreak in our state very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation for new developments. We will also continually be evaluating our operations in regards to what is in the best interest of the public and of our staff in regards to safety. This currently includes more frequent cleaning of high use areas, temporary removal of certain frequently used toys/objects in our children’s section, and signage that you will likely see around the library and on our webpage that explains best practices on how we as a community can help to slow the spread of this virus.

While you can certainly refer to the CDC materials linked on our webpage, the most important of these is thorough and frequent personal hygiene, and staying out of public areas such as the library when you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms. We also ask that you bear with us in regards to sudden and unforeseen ways in which this might affect library services in the near future. We as a library work with many other community organizations and it is likely that services such as outreach efforts and programming will be impacted by not only our decisions, but those of our community partners as well. We will do our best to keep you as updated on any changes as we can via our webpage and Facebook.

Thank you,

Matt McClelland, Library Director

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