[Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

DAVID Emily edavid at springfield-or.gov
Fri Mar 13 11:09:52 PDT 2020

Springfield Public Library is  open today. We have implemented social distancing on the public computers by only opening the computers that are at opposite ends of banks and positing lots of signage in regarding hand sanitizer before and after. We have removed all the toys in the children’s area. All programming and outreach is cancelled. We will start fine/fee forgiveness.

Schools in Springfield announced closure starting Monday for two weeks. I think we may follow suit, but am still waiting direction from the CM. It is a tough call – we want to be open for people but also don’t want to be potentially exposing people to COVID 19. We are looking at ways to potentially offer limited service apart from virtual access – e.g. holds pick-up, tax forms pick-up. This is all developing.

Good luck everyone.

Emily David
Library and Museum Director
Springfield Public Library
225 5th Street
Springfield, OR 97477

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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of John Hunter
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 10:41 AM
To: 'KRIST OBRIST'; Libs-or
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and following along with the Governor’s statewide containment efforts, the City of Woodburn is closing the Aquatic Center and Public Library.  These closures will be effective Saturday, March 14 and will last until April 1. The decision to reopen these facilities on April 1 will be re-evaluated during the closure.

Library users: While the building will be closed, you can still access e-books and digital audiobooks through our Overdrive collection at Library2Go, and access the online catalog to view your account. Library users are encouraged to suspend their existing requests for materials (i.e. “holds”) or modify the pick-up location to neighboring CCRLS libraries. This can be done online or by calling 503-982-5262.

Library2Go link: https://library2go.overdrive.com/
Online catalog link: https://catalog.ccrls.org/

The City prioritizes the health of our community with the utmost importance and appreciates your understanding during this time.

John Hunter, MLIS
Woodburn Public Library Manager
503-982-5259 w | 503-982-5258 f

From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> On Behalf Of KRIST OBRIST
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 9:35 AM
To: Libs-or <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

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Good Day,

This is such a fluid, rapidly changing environment we find ourselves in. While we want to be here and available for our patrons we need to consider all angles of this complex global event. What are your plans regarding programming and your open hours for a 2 week and/or 4 week period?

In light of the Governor's closing schools as of Monday it seems prudent to cancel library programming.

What are your plans in regards to keeping your doors open?

Considerations -

  *   kids out of school may equal more kids visiting the library (usually a good thing).
  *   Often people come to the library when they're sick (and/or bring their sick children).
  *   Vulnerable populations - eldery, immune compromised, etc. - regularly visit the library.
  *   We have so many touch points - doors, computers, books, dvds, magazines, newspapers, furniture, etc.
  *   Staff handles a lot of material and directly handles items patrons hand them.
Our City, as I am certain all other city's and governing boards, are brainstorming and planning. This conversation may help in those planning activities.


Oh, and as of this moment in time we have not yet 'officially' cancelled programs, but I am fairly certain that will happen shortly. We are looking at how we address our open hours to the public to best help slow down the growth of this virus There has been one Officially tested positive case in our county (Polk) which to me indicates there are many more positive cases that have not been tested since they are not testing everyone

Thanks again...Krist

Krist Obrist, Library Director
Monmouth Public Library
168 Ecols St. S., Monmouth, OR 97361
503-751-0193 || Facebook: MonmouthPublicLibrary
kobrist at ci.monmouth.or.us<mailto:kobrist at ci.monmouth.or.us>

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