In a letter to library users, Chetco Community Library will close but still offer limited services starting Friday, March 20. Following is the letter sent by Director Julie Retherford:
As many of you know, for the first few days this week the library has operated on the limited hours of 1pm - 6pm. We have tried to keep the library safe and sanitized. However, these last few days have been among the busiest we have seen. While we are grateful that people want to be here, the number of patrons who have been in this building at the same time has far exceeded the Governor's mandated limit of 25. Keeping people separated and surfaces sanitized has proven to be extremely difficult.
When it comes to the Coronavirus, recommendations and mandates are changing daily. However, the CDC, World Health Organization, White House, Oregon Health Authority, and the Governor's office all agree--this pandemic is something we need to take seriously. If we do not take action, we will not be able to slow the spread, and we will overwhelm our hospitals and endanger those in our community who are high risk. We can all stay safe and healthy, and we can protect each other. And the way we can do that is by staying home and avoiding crowds.
Because of those reasons and many more, in today's emergency meeting the Chetco Library Board of Directors voted to close the library starting Friday, 3/20. The closure will remain in effect through Monday, April 13th, at which time we will announce the plan beyond that date. We will be open tomorrow (Thursday, 3/19) from 1pm - 6pm. If you decide to come in, we ask that you keep your distance from staff and other patrons. While in line at the circulation desk, stand a few feet back from the person in front of you. Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. If desired, ask at the front desk for a disinfecting wipe before using a table or computer.
During our closure, we will:
- Offer phone and email support Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm
- Offer curbside delivery Monday through Friday 1pm - 6pm
- Weather permitting, keep a stocked cart of free books outside our front door Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm
- Waive all late fines until after we re-open (we are still accepting returns in our book drop)
We are also working to set up:
- Facebook Live storytimes & other events
- Phone or online library card signups
- Stronger wifi that reaches further into the parking lot
- And more...
Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates on those services.
Thank you again for your support. As before, we will continue to watch the situation and research the facts, and we will adjust accordingly. We'll be back up and running as soon as we feel we can safely do so. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (541-469-7738), or even on Facebook chat. We'll help you however we can.
Julie Retherford, Library Director
Chetco Community Public Library
405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415