Skowhegan Free Public Library Re-Opening Plan

10/25/2020:  COVID-19 Update

As of October 26, 2020, the library will be temporarily closed to the public once again (though we will still be offering curbside pickup - order forms can be found here), due to staff shortages this week. We plan to reopen to the public on November 2nd, but until then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by phone (474-9072), email (skowlib@skowhegan.lib.me.us), or by ordering your curbside books/DVDs through our online form if you need anything.

When will the library be open to the public again?

We know it has been a long few months, and there have been a lot of changes to take into consideration when visiting the library since we opened back up to the public in July. We are happy to announce, however, that starting September 8th, 2020 we will be moving on to Stage 4 of our reopening plan and will be resuming our regular hours of operation! The library will be open Monday-Thursday from 10am-6pm and Fridays from 10am-3pm.

The majority of our new policies will remain in place for the time being, so please familiarize yourself with our new guidelines for use of the library. We will require that everyone wear masks inside the building - disposable masks will be made available, but if you are unable to wear a mask or do not wish to enter the building, remember - we will still be offering curbside pickup! There will be no general seating or use of the conference room at this time, but the genealogy room will reopen for studying/research with a maximum of 3 individuals at a time. There will be 3 computers available on a first-come first-serve basis, and usage will be strictly limited to 30 minutes per person. We still must maintain a limited capacity at this time, and so we will be asking all families and individuals to make their trip to the library as brief as possible, and that after selecting your materials you please proceed immediately to the checkout desk so that we can make sure everyone has the opportunity to come into the library as they need to.

Please see the outline listed below for our full re-opening plan:

Skowhegan Free Public Library Re-Opening Plan

The following document is intended to be used as a tool to propose and analyze various phases of re-opening as deemed safe and appropriate by library leadership, Maine State Library protocols, CDC guidelines and Maine Governor’s orders. All stages are dependent upon recommendations and/or requirements established by those groups. ALL DATES OUTLINED IN THIS PLAN ARE TENETATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

 

STAGE ONE

June 1

No public access to building

  • Limited curbside service (zero contact by using a table set up in the front foyer)

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00

  • Distribute existing holds

  • Staff only in the building

  • Install plexiglass at the main circulation desk

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff.

  • Re-open book drops with a plan for 3-day quarantine on incoming materials.

  • Put some outside furniture on the front lawn to allow people a place to access the Wi-Fi without entering the building

 

STAGE TWO

July 1

Limited access to building

  • Entrance to the building by appointment. Appointments will be accepted for the current day only

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00

  • No volunteers will be onsite during this time.

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • Require masks and encourage hand sanitizing for admission into the building

  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing rule

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff.

  • Two computers available for access in the building (by appointment and for a limited time of 30 minutes per session)

  • No services that promote lingering or gathering

    • No programming

    • No toys in the children’s room

    • No study areas / conference room access

    • Genealogy Room closed

    • Prohibit usage of tables/chairs/couches

    • Removal of magazines and newspapers to the public

  • Check in books and reshelf after a 72-hour waiting period

  • Holds are held a minimum 3 days between patrons

  • All circulation will be through the main desk only

  • Hourly cleaning of high touch areas

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user

  • Continue to operate with minimal staff in the building at one time

  • Copy/fax services available by appointment with photocopying/faxing to be done by staff.

 

STAGE THREE

August 1

Expanding but still limited access to building

  • Reinstate open access to the building with masks and hand sanitizing encouraged by all visitors (keeping total number of people within the Governor’s recommendation).

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • When open to public, only limited staff in the building.

  • Shortened hours of operations to decrease staff interaction with public and allow materials handling to occur primarily during closed hours 

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff.

  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing rule

  • No services that promote lingering or gathering

    • No programming

    • No toys in the children’s room

    • No study areas / conference room access

    • Genealogy Room Closed

    • Prohibit usage of tables/chairs/couches

    • Removal of magazines and newspapers to the public

  • All circulation will be through the main desk only

  • Create areas for patrons to place books that have been browsed through but not check out – so staff will wipe down and disinfect before re-shelving

  • Two computers available for access with for a limited time of 30 minutes per session

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user

  • Copy/fax services available during hours of new hours of operation to be done by staff only

 

STAGE FOUR

September 1

“New normal”

  • Return to full hours of operations, staffing, and volunteer levels

  • Masks are required to enter the building

  • Doors will remain locked with doorbells located at front and elevator entrances (This is to ensure staff has a count of the number of people in the building and to make sure everyone is wearing a mask)

  • Maintain curbside for patrons at high-risk or who wish to not enter the building

  • No services that promote lingering or gathering – all library users are encouraged to keep their visit to a max of 30 minutes.

    • No onsite programming

    • No toys in the children’s room

    • No conference room access

    • Prohibit usage of tables/chairs/couches

    • Removal of magazines and newspapers to the public

  • Hand sanitizer available at front door and throughout the building

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • Hourly cleaning of high touch areas

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user

  • Three computers available for access with a limited time of 30 minutes per session

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 ft. between patrons

  • The genealogy room will reopen for research/study with a maximum of 3 individuals at a time.

  • Reinstate interlibrary loans

  • All circulation will be through the main desk only

  • Continue to quarantine books for 72 hours between check-outs

 

 

STAGE FIVE

No projected time frame

Resume full pre-Covid operating levels

 

 

Adopted by Trustee Board: 5/14/20

Revised by Trustee Board: 8/20/20

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9 Elm Street

Skowhegan, ME 04976

Email: 

skowlib@skowhegan.lib.me.us

Tel: 207-474-9072

Fax: 207-474-3997

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