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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are closed during Phase 2 except for emergencies.
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.
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.