Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update on 4/2/20

Due to the Governor’s “stay at home” order extension (Illinois Executive Order 2020-18), the library will be closed to the public until the end of April. We continue to monitor the directives provided by federal, state and local governments and encourage our library users to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During this time our website is still open for business as usual. We appreciate your patience and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.   

The library building has been closed to the public since March 18, 2020. Closing the library was an extraordinarily difficult decision that we have made only because of these extraordinary circumstances. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our first priority. Early actions to increase social distancing are the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. While we are closed, we will continue to carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

We will stop charging all overdue fines and extend due dates on all currently checked out materials until May 10. Don’t feel the need to return anything while we are closed. Just stay home and enjoy!

You can also continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; learning a language; and much more. Stay connected with us on social media like facebook for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time.

We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon. We’d like to remind the public these service reductions are being done to slow down disease transmission. We are complying with the Governor's recommendations to "flatten the curve" as we work to balance the best interests of the Princeville community with efforts to contain the outbreak. 

The LME Library continues to be committed to creating an environment that is safe for our staff and users and minimizes the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are taking these measures to share with you information about it and the steps we are taking to keep our users safe.

The library has created a resource list and will continue to add to it as more resources are located. We have put it on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

We have already posted some information on our Librarian’s Blog. The first post was on March 10, 2020

What LME Library is doing to help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases:
We are currently following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Centers for disease Control (CDC) and the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD). We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) guidelines for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.

What you can do to help:
Your help is greatly appreciated to help minimize the spread of disease. Here are some simple steps you can take to help.
  1. Leave home only for essential activities. (see Illinois Executive Order 2020-10)
  2. Practice social distancing.
  3. Wash hands frequently using the World Health Organzation (WHO) video on hand washing.
  4. Practice good hygiene by regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.  
  5. Cover your coughs or sneezes.
  6. Stay home if you are sick or have sick family members at home.
There are additional practices in this handout from the CDC on Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe. 

We'll continue to keep the public informed as the pandemic progresses. Stay safe and stop the spread.