It has been quite a week! I just realized that I have not done a blog post for this week or last week. That’s because we’ve been so busy getting ready to open and then we reopened this week. It’s good to be back, and it has been wonderful to see so many of our favorite patrons again.
I know a lot of people enjoy coming into the library to read, play, and hang out, and we appreciate that. Someday, we hope to get back to that. For now, though, we need to limit the number of people in the building, and ensure that there is enough space for proper physical distancing.
When you come into the library, you’ll notice some changes. In order to comply with social distancing requirements, much of our furniture has been put into storage for the time being. It looks a little empty, but we need to do this so we don’t have too many people gathering in one area.
Please be aware of how many people are already in the building when you enter. If it looks crowded, you may be asked to wait until others leave to come inside. Some spaces in our library can become more easily crowded, such as the children’s section and the teen section in the mezzanine. For that reason, we are asking only one family to use those spaces at a time.
In order to help prevent overcrowding, and ensure that everyone who wants to use the library is able to do so, we are asking everyone to limit their visits to 30 minutes or less.
Prior to the Stay at Home Order, we had already reduced the number of computer stations open to two. That has stayed the same. Because the terminals are limited, we are asking people to limit computer time to half an hour. If you need to use the computer for a longer time for work, school, applying for a job, or applying for unemployment, let us know. We will set you up on a different terminal upstairs where you can have more privacy and stay for a longer time. Also, if you need to use our WiFi for a longer period of time for one of the above-listed reasons, let our staff know. We will make accommodations for you downstairs in the Hyland Community Room.
To help keep your fellow patrons and our staff safe, we encourage wearing a mask when you come into the library. We also ask that you wash or sanitize your hands when you enter the building. There is a hand sanitizing station near the front entrance. Those entering through the side door can use the bathrooms to wash their hands.
We will continue to offer no-contact pickup for those who are not comfortable coming into the building.
There will be a learning curve for all of us as we adjust to these new safety measures. We ask for your patience and cooperation.