Now that the Governor is allowing non-essential curbside service will the Library start doing it?
Yes! Assuming we have all the protective equipment in place, the library plans on beginning curbside pickup on June 1st!
How is curbside service at the Library different than at a local store or restaurant?
Unlike restaurants or retail stores who offer consumables, the library's materials circulate out to patrons’ homes, back to the library, and out again. We don’t know how patrons are using our materials once they get them home and whether or not anyone in that home has COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Because of that, all materials upon their return will need to be handled by staff wearing the appropriate safety equipment and then quarantined for a period of time before that material can be checked out to another individual. It is imperative that we have systems, equipment, and supplies in place that we can comfortably believe minimize the risks to the people handling those materials.
Why do library materials have to be quarantined?
There are still no definitive guidelines on how long the COVID-19 virus can live on various types of materials. Depending on the medium, the virus appears to live anywhere from 24 hours to several days. We are currently waiting on the results from studies conducted by Batelle Laboratories in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and OCLC on how long the virus lives on specific types of library materials under real-life library situations and conditions. Current guidelines recommend one week quarantine for all materials.
How will curbside service work?
We are still working on fine-tuning procedures, but once everything is in place, we will begin allowing material owned by the Three Rivers Library to be put on hold. Staff will pull and checkout those materials, and will deliver them to your vehicle at an agreed upon time. Our bookdrops remain open at all times, and our days and hours for curbside pickup are yet to be determined. Watch for a more detailed procedure!
When will the building be open?
At this point, we do not know when the building will reopen to the public. Library staff have been and will continue to prepare the building to reflect our new reality: limiting access into and out of the building, removal of seating to discourage gatherings, installing sneeze guards at all public service desks, marking the floors to show appropriate social distancing, instituting special hours for high risk populations, etc.
What about programs and the Summer Reading Program?
As of now, all library programming continues to be virtual. Library staff are hard at work to develop a great Summer Reading Program that will incorporate virtual programming but also provide activities families can do outdoors, and some take-away activities and no touch programming. Please follow us online and watch for the Library newsletter for more specific information on upcoming programs.