COVID-19 Information

3/22/2020 - In light of the rapidly evolving situation with Covid-19 in our area, we will not be doing library “takeout” as originally planned for this week.  Our book drops are closed.  All due dates are being extended until May 1st, and any late fines associated with the library’s closure will be waived.  Please keep all checked-out materials until the Library is able to reopen.  Please see the Library website for more details, options, and digital content.  www.kellogghubbard.org

Thank you for helping keep our patrons and staff safe!  We hope to reopen soon, and will post updates here and on Front Porch Forum regularly!  

Summary

To do our part in helping to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in our community; beginning Monday March 16th, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library building will be closed to the public.  This is a rapidly changing situation, if we need to keep the Library closed for a longer period or if our services offerings change we will notify changes on our website and social media.  

Digital Services – Connect to the Library from Home

The Library subscribes to Overdrive/Libby which allows for digital downloads of E-books and Audiobooks, we also have access to hundreds of online classes, and digital newspapers.  If there is a resource you are trying to find online, call or email the library and we can help. 

Serving patrons and protecting staff

We will extend due dates on all currently checked out materials to our expected re-open date so that you do not need to return items if you are sheltering in-place. 

We will extend library card expiration dates for patrons whose library cards are set to expire during closure so that they maintain access to digital services.

If you would like to borrow library materials, please call the library, or place holds online.  We will set the items aside, then call to make an appointment with you to pick up your materials.  

Book Sale

The Library book sale is now closed until the Library building is able to re-open.  We cannot accept book donations at this time.

Library Programs

All Library programs (including many PoemCity programs) are now canceled; we will work to reschedule some programs, or move them to an online format.

Library Outreach

We are suspending library Outreach including site visits and story times.

Meeting Rooms

Library meeting rooms will remain closed while the building is closed. We are in the process of contacting groups who have meeting room reservations to let them know of this change.

 

Rationale

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is committed to serving our community.  As you can imagine, closing the building to the public has been a very difficult decision for us to make.  We serve a population that includes a high percentage of vulnerable people.  Potential for contamination and impact of that exposure is high.  The safety of our staff and patrons is paramount.

The World Health Organization has indicated that any effort we can make to slow the spread of Covid-19 is critical and the public health consensus is clear:  if you can close, you should close. 

Thank you all for your understanding and support during this difficult time. 

The Library recommends the resources below for reliable information on Covid-19.

The Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 page. - Includes Vermont specific updates and information, including guidance for individuals, businesses, schools and community groups.

The World Health Organization Covid-19 page.  - Information on the worldwide situation including statistics, maps, printable signs and recommendations.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 page. - Includes information geared toward the U.S., including updated frameworks for mitigation.

Vermont Department of Libraries Covid-19 page. - A clearinghouse of additional resources, some of them library -specific.

For students and parents, Both Montpelier-Roxbury and U-32 have sites with information specific to Covid-19.