First I want to thank you for your support and patience during this time. I believe the decision to close the Library was the hardest one I have made in my 32+ year career. Last week the situation evolved quickly.
- On Tuesday, we decided to remove toys from our locations.
- On Wednesday, we suspended Adult Outreach activities to long term adult care centers. This decision was based on recommendations from Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Department for Public Health. The agencies issued an Executive Order recommending that long-term adult care facilities limit visitation only to family members of individuals “receiving end of life care.”
- On Thursday, we suspended programming and meetings at all locations. We suspended all outreach activities and asked all customers to not return their materials. We suspended fines until April 11th.
- On Friday morning, we instituted a three day quarantine of all returned materials based on some research that the virus may live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. We asked all volunteers to stay home. We limited the number of people who could use a study room at one time and turned off every other computer to help with social distancing.
On Friday afternoon, I made the difficult decision to close all Library locations to the public at the close of business until further notice. We will reassess the closure weekly and use current information from health officials to determine the safest date to reopen. This was due to the latest information from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Governor’s office and declarations of state of emergency.
We determined that this closure is in the best interest of public safety, especially because the Governor emphasized the next two weeks will be critical in stopping the spread of the virus. Information he shared indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop COVID-19 from exponentially spreading.
As of today, March 16:
- All materials currently checked out have been renewed until April 11th, regardless of holds or blocks.
- Library cards that would have expired between now and the end of April have been renewed for 3 additional months.
For updated information please watch our website at https://www.bcpl.org/ and our social media channels (https://www.facebook.com/BooneCountyPublicLibrary/; https://www.linkedin.com/company/boone-county-public-library/?viewAsMember=true; https://twitter.com/boonelibrary)
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Herrmann, Director Boone County Public Library