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Phase 2 of library reopening

On June 2 we will move into Phase 2 of the library reopening.  You will be able to come into the library again.  Yay!  We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Here is what you need to know about Phase 2.

Hours
Our hours remain the same as Phase 1:

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

That’s 40 hours per week, compared to our normal 52 hours during the summer (and 58 hours during the majority of the year).

Masks,  social distancing, time in library
Masks are required inside the building; we will provide curbside service for those who don’t want to wear a mask.

Social distancing should be observed. Please stay 6 feet away from other people as much as possible.  We ask that there only be one person down an aisle at a time, as well as in new materials areas.  Our new materials normally are grouped in one area.  To allow more browsers while keeping social distancing in place, the new fiction is all that remains in that area.  The new nonfiction and large print will be on the oval displayer; the audio books will be on a table, and the DVDs on a separate table.

All tables remain in place, but many chairs have been removed.

We also ask, to minimize the numbers of people in the library at one time, that you come in, conduct your business as quickly as possible, and leave. Try to limit visits to 30 minutes. “Your business” can mean browsing and checking out materials, using a computer, making photocopies, applying for a passport, reading current magazines and newspapers, etc.

Checking out
We can accommodate two people checking out at a time.  For those occasions when there are more than that waiting to check out, we have signage and markers indicating where to wait.

So that you don’t have to let someone else handle the books you’ve selected, we will ask you to scan the barcodes.  We’ll tell you when we’re ready for that.

Curbside service
We will continue to offer curbside service for those who prefer not to come into the building or who don’t want to wear a mask.  Curbside pickup can be arranged during any of the hours we are open.  Drive down the alley, stop beside the book drop, and give us a call.  Be aware that depending on how busy we are in the library, you might have to wait a few minutes.

Computers
To maintain social distancing, fewer computers are available than usual.  We will have disposable covers on keyboards which we change between users, and will disinfect mice between users as well.  There will be no renewals of time on the computers, and depending on usage we may have to shorten the time limit.

While usually computer use is first-come, first-served, during Phase 2 we will take reservations to use computers for specific purposes. These purposes are:

  • Applying for a job
  • E-government purposes.  This includes applying for unemployment, filing income taxes, filling out the census questionnaire, etc.
  • Homework, if currently enrolled in school or college class
  • Taking tests or practice tests needed for such purposes as job applications, certifications, etc.

Only one person is allowed per computer, and staff assistance will not be available.

Safety of materials
Viruses do not transmit on paper, according to information supplied by the CDC.  However, there is a chance they can transmit from plastic, and most of our books have mylar covers.  When you return books, we will quarantine them for 3 days.  However, be aware that our staff will touch them when re-shelving, and other library users may have touched them while browsing as well.  To be safe, you may wish to wash your hands after handling them and put them aside for 3 days before reading or viewing them when you get home.

We have all the magazines out of the plastic binders we usually put them in.

Restrooms
Restrooms are closed during Phase 2 except for emergencies.

Programs/Summer reading
No face-to-face programs will be offered during Phase 2.  There will continue to be story times and other programs offered virtually. Check the library’s virtual programming page on Facebook.

We will offer a summer reading program, but it will be a little different.  The preferred way to register and to track your reading is online using Reader Zone.  We will have a paper option for those who prefer that.  Reader Zone offers badges upon completion.  We will have Brag Tags for prizes, as well as prize drawings throughout the summer programs.  We will also offer activity bags during the summer programs which will tie in with our virtual programs.

Passport applications
We will resume accepting passport applications, but only by appointment.

Looking forward to Phase 3 and Phase 4
As with every phase of our re-opening plan, we do not set dates for them.  Instead, we define indications which will determine when it’s time to enter the next phase.  For Phase 3, it will require that Kansas COVID-19 cases be at a low level (near zero).

In Phase 3, we will resume normal hours and will ease some restrictions.

Phase 4 will come when there is widespread vaccination or other developments which nearly eliminate the COVID-19 threat.  Phase 4 is a full return to normal.  It’s likely to be a year before this occurs.

 

 

Phase 1 of library reopening

We have developed a plan for a phased reopening of the library after much work and thought about how to proceed, based on a variety of webinars and online state or national meetings on the subject.  These plans were developed before Governor Kelly laid out her phases, so please note that although the library’s plan and the governor’s plan coincidentally both have four phases, the phases are not related.

Please keep in mind that for now, we can only supply materials from our library, not borrowed from another library.  Courier service may resume later this month, but even when it does it may be spotty about which libraries are open and able to fill interlibrary loan requests.

We are now in Phase 1.  The library doors remain closed, but we will are offering curbside service.  For details about that, see the post further down this page.  Beyond curbside service, staff will be available by telephone to help, and the book drop is open.  Story times will continue weekly on Zoom, and there may be other virtual programs as well.

There is no set date for moving into Phase 2.  Several things will control when that happens.   One is a sustained decline in state COVID-19 cases or deaths.  We also need to complete preparations for the next phase, which includes making sure we have an adequate supply of cleaning and other supplies, having barriers (sneezeguards) installed at the circulation desk, and making some changes in how some areas are laid out.

We’ll have more information on Phase 2 when we are ready to move into that phase, but it will include continuing curbside delivery while also allowing people into the building if they are wearing masks.  We will have some computers available as well.

You can call us during these hours:

Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information for you while the library is closed

While the stay-at-home order is in effect, library staff will not be available at the library to answer phone calls or empty the book drop.  The book drop is closed.  Please hold on to your materials until further notice.  They will not be overdue.

You can also e-mail us at iolaref@sekls.org.  Or you can text to iolaref@sekls.org. If you text, please include your name in the body of the text, as otherwise the text will not identify you.

Online Story Time

A story time will be held on Zoom weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  To attend, go to https://zoom.us/meetings and use the meeting ID 98740402289

Wi-fi

Our wi-fi service remains on. You can usually access it from outside the library building.

The books you have checked out currently

All materials currently checked out have had the due date extended to May 11.  If it becomes necessary, we will extend that further.  You do not need to call to renew books before the library re-opens.

Reliable information about the coronavirus.

We’ve added a page to our web site listing some sites with reliable information.  There are also a couple of sites to help distinguish fact from rumor.  Click on the “Coronavirus Information” tab at the top  of this page.

Digital books and other electronic resources available to you

We have a variety of e-books and other electronic resources available to you. Most of them are always available, and some are temporarily being made available by vendors for free. See below.

Digital Book eLending is a statewide service of the State Library of Kansas in cooperation with other partners. We regularly contribute to purchase new e-books or e-audiobooks for this service. You can check out materials for 3 weeks. To use most components of Digital Book eLending you will need a Kansas Library eCard. If you don’t have one, please either e-mail us or call us during the times shown above and we can get you registered. The link to Digital Book eLending is in the left column of this page.

Hoopla offers e-books, e-audiobooks, comic books, movies, music, and more. This is a service offered through the Southeast Kansas Library System. You can use your Iola library card to check out materials on Hoopla. The link to Hoopla is in the left column of this page.  The monthly borrowing limit per card has been temporarily raised from 5 to 15.

TumbleBooks is temporarily making its service free through any library. The information is below:

www.TumbleBookLibrary.com – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
Username: tumble735
Password: books

www.TumbleMath.com – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.TeenBookCloud.com – gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.AudioBookCloud.com – all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.RomanceBookCloud.com – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Internet Archive National Emergency Library has 1.4 million titles which will be available through June 30 or until the national emergency is over, whichever is longer.  These books are mostly 20th century nonfiction books from academic library collections.

Online Databases and other digital services are provided to all Kansans through subscriptions paid by the State Library of Kansas. Databases cover such areas as auto repair, genealogy, history, learning a language, career guidance, business, and much more. Most of the time you will be able to use them merely by clicking on the links on the State Library web site. When that doesn’t work, you can use your Kansas Library eCard (mentioned above). You can find the databases by going to https://kslib.info/145/View-Collections and clicking on “Online Databases”.

Keep watch here and on our Facebook page as we share more information over the coming days.

Memorial Day weekends

The library will be closed Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day weekend.  We’ll see you on Tuesday!