I (Katelyn Noack) want to give you an update about where the library is currently standing in the wake of the COVID-19 closures. We have scheduled a special board meeting for this Wednesday, March 18th to discuss the potential reduction of library services, library hours, and programming. These meetings are open to the public.
WHAT IS THE LIBRARY DOING: Currently we have removed all our manipulates (toys and games) from the children’s area; we are sanitizing the computers, headphones, mice, tables, door handles, and other surfaces regularly; and we have decided to suspend our programming effective March 19th, to be reevaluated on April 6th.
CLOSURES/DELIVERY: I urge you to act preemptively when it comes to checking out library materials. Currently we have all but a few libraries in our system that are closing when the schools close and reevaluating in a few weeks. This means that the delivery system that connects us to other libraries will be temporarily shut down starting Wednesday, March 18th. If you requested a material it may get to us in time, but if it does not, I ask you to have patience as we work through this unprecedented time.
In the event our library would shut down, the staff and I plan to give the community a minimum of a few days’ notice, so that you have the opportunity to check out items for during the closure. No overdue fines will accumulate on items if the library closes. Further, we will make our best effort to alter due dates and work remotely to try and maintain electronic library services.
We are still open so please keep in mind that as a public space, the library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family.
We will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Katelyn Noack, Mondovi Public Library Director