Dear Enosburgh Public Library Patrons and Community Members:
Effective immediately and until further notice, all Enosburgh Public Library programs are cancelled. We have also closed our meeting room to all groups. We are notifying everyone who has reserved it.
The library Board of Trustees and I made this decision to protect our staff and community. We know that Social distancing measures such as cancellations can prevent illness in some people and can slow the rate at which people get sick. According to Dr. Drew Harris, a population health analyst at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, “Mitigation efforts like social distancing help reduce the disease caseload on any given date and keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.” (See: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve at https://nyti.ms/2U1R4fx)
We will continue to monitor the status and risks of the Coronavirus to help protect the health and safety of our patrons, community and staff. The library Board of Trustees and I will be in constant contact through email and phone calls as to when we will reinstate programs and use of the meeting room.
In addition to the cancellation of all programs and the closing of the meeting room, below is what we have put into place to date:
- All door handles throughout the building (including the entrance), computer keyboards & mice, computer chairs and desks, all bathroom fixtures including wall light switches, and all service area desks are sanitized by staff midday and at closing.
- All items returned to the library are being sanitized and then stored for 72 hours before reshelving. Staff will be wearing disposable gloves while sanitizing materials.
- If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if material was returned in a closed disposable plastic bag.
- Hand sanitizer and tissues are available at the computer stations.
- Hand washing instructions are posted in the library restrooms.
- Patrons and staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fliers about COVID-19 are available at the circulation desk for you to take home.
- We are communicating daily with the Vermont Department of Libraries and with the Enosburgh Town Offices and will update plans as necessary.
If you can’t come to the library or your limiting your time in public places, we have many online resources available 24/7 with your Enosburgh Public Library card. You can call the library and we will be glad to help you access these items.
Online Resources include:
- Your library account. From our webpage, enosburghlibrary.net choose the Search Our Catalog link.
- eBooks and eAudiobooks are available to Enosburgh Public Library patrons via Overdrive/Libby.
- Vermont Online Library provides access to Gale databases, enabling library patrons to search magazines, newspapers, books and more.
- EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related online tools and here is the link for Enosburgh Public Library: https://www.com/?AuthToken=30A7D707-553D-4BA5-B923-C4207D1B13DD
- Universal Class offers more than 500 online courses free to Enosburgh Public Library cardholders.
All these Online Resources and links are on our webpage in the Resource section. Go to www.enosburghlibrary.net
Enosburgh Public Library does not charge for overdue items. If you need to renew you can do this online in your account or you can call or message the library.
Home Deliveries/Curbside Pickup: If you are an Enosburgh resident and are staying home due to a quarantine or concern over exposure, you can still receive library services. Feel free to call or email us and ask for specific titles or ask us to recommend some books you might enjoy. We will drop them off at your door without entering or visiting. You can also let us know if you are in town and we will be glad to bring them out to your car if you park at the curb. Call 802-922-2328 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our website or our FaceBook page frequently for updates.
Here is a list of national and state health sites relating specifically to Coronavirus:
Vermont Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization Video: Dr. Peter Lin
Flier: What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Flier: Stop the Spread of Germs
Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Samhsa.gov
National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Factsheet
Here are a few recommended articles:
How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation)
Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
Coronavirus: The Case for Cancelling Everything
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
The New York Times is providing free access to their Coronavirus reporting at: https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirus
Thank you for understanding. We can not wait to resume our programming and open our Meeting Room as soon as possible.