Library Response to COVID-19

UPDATE: 3/16/2020:

Dear Library Patrons,

We are at an unprecedented moment in our world.  First, I want to express my gratitude for your continued support and patience as we evaluate and adjust Library operations to take a pro-active response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As health officials and scientists have noted, we need to take swift action to ‘flatten the bell curve’ in order to provide continued support for our health care system.  We have been working hard to assess what that means for the Library. After much discussion, and in accordance with public health guidance, The Ruth Culver Community Library will make every effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We all must do our part to keep our Village and region healthy and combat the further spread of COVID-19.

Effective at 8pm, March 16, 2020, The Ruth Culver Community Library will close the facility. All programming, community meetings, and outreach services are postponed.  This closure and limited service will remain in effect the Sauk Prairie School District reopens. For those that use the Dane County Library Service Bookmobile in Bluffview, service is suspended through April 4, 2020.

We will be in continued contact with public health officials to evaluate our facility beyond this timeline. This decision was made by the Library Board of Trustees with support from the Village of Prairie du Sac, and please know we did not make the decision lightly.

It is clear that now is the time for strong and decisive action in order to protect the public we serve every day, as well as our staff and volunteers, who have been going above and beyond to continue providing excellent service over the last several days as this public health crisis has taken hold.

Decisions like these do not come easy, as it means a temporary loss of access to the in-person learning services and gathering spaces the Library is known for providing to so many in our community. However, this does not mean a complete shutdown of Library services. We will continue to provide the many digital services you have come to love, such as e-books and e-audiobooks, free access to newspapers, and more.

For those of you who have borrowed Library materials in your possession, do not worry about the due date – we are extending loan periods during this time, please keep Library materials at home and do not return materials until we are back in full operation. The outside book drop will be locked and unavailable for use. And remember, Ruth Culver Community Library is a fine-free library.

For those of you who interact with our wonderful staff, please note that we are looking at ways of utilizing their talents during this time, and the Library is evaluating all operations to ensure staff are appropriately compensated.

We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back into the building when this virus runs its course and our community begins to reconvene. Until then, visit us at pdslibrary.org or on social media to take advantage of our great digital resources.

-Lauren White, Ruth Culver Community Library Director

 

UPDATE: 3/16/2020:

A decision regarding library operating hours will be made later this evening. Please check back soon for more information.

UPDATE: 3/13/2020:

Until further notice, the library has suspended all programing, outreach, and use of the community room.

3/11/2020:

The Ruth Culver Community Library is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is developing a plan based on the recommendations of health officials to ensure every precaution is taken to keep patrons and staff healthy and safe. Library staff are exploring options that will ensure the safety of our patrons and reducing community spread.

Currently, the library remains open, and programs and services are continuing as planned. However, out of an abundance of caution, toys have been removed from the children's area until further notice.

Please note that the Library is unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out, and as such, customers are advised to wash their hands after handling materials and avoid touching their faces. That said, the World Health Organization has reported that there is conflicting evidence of how long the virus may persist on surfaces, especially under varying conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.).

The Library will continue to monitor the news and recommendations of health officials and will take additional steps as needed.

If you are unable to visit our library in person, please note that our digital services are always available! Access eBooks, and eAudiobooks and use online resources from the comfort of home with your library card. For assistance using any of these services, call the library at 643-8318.

For more information about COVID-19, here are reliable resources with the latest news and recommendations:

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