We do what we do because we love working with you, and we can’t wait to see you again. Unfortunately, that time is not soon. On the evening of Monday, July 20 — at the same time that Stevenson High School leaders were announcing their decision to provide remote-only instruction this fall to help keep the community safe — the Vernon Area Public Library board affirmed the management's recommendation that the library building remain closed. The building closure will continue until public interaction no longer poses a danger to the health of our community.
In the meantime, library staff continue to provide services through safe, contact-free methods including curbside delivery of materials you’ve placed on hold, chat and phone assistance, online programs, and e-books and other digital resources. We are expanding these services all the time.
Curbside hours are now 9 AM–7 PM Monday–Thursday and 9 AM–4 PM Friday and Saturday. The order limit has been increased to 10 items per library card. Museum passes and 3D printing are now available through online request and curbside pickup. Remote printing and Book Bundles, themed stacks of books for checkout, are coming soon.
The decision to keep the building closed was based on reasons both philosophical and practical. At its core is the conviction that the library should use every opportunity to support public health and avoid contributing to community transmission of the coronavirus.
Practically, for this building, we must make a choice between providing curbside service or allowing public access. We cannot do both. The logistics of curbside service, with recommended distancing for employees, spill work spaces out of back rooms and into the main library space. All cardholders have equal access to library materials through curbside pickup. That would not be true if we switched to an open building.
The situation is evolving. Understanding of the virus and how it is transmitted is developing all the time. So far nothing has been revealed to suggest that more public interaction is a good idea. But if that changes, library leadership will revisit this decision. Until then, we are focusing resources on safe ways to provide library services to all residents of the district. If you’re a resident and don’t have a card already, get one here.
There’s a lot in the works. So, check back often. Or get updates in your inbox by signing up for occasional emails from the library.
8/14/2022 08:55:12 pm
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