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Skowhegan Free Public Library Re-Opening Plan

5/24/2021:  COVID-19 Update

As of May 24th, 2021, the library will be returning to its normal capacity allowances. Masks will still be required in the building for the safety of all our patrons and staff, regardless of vaccination status, but we will have all computers and workspaces available for use again and will no longer be asking patrons to limit their time in the library. Computer usage will still technically be restricted to a 30 minute time limit, but if there is no one else waiting for one that rule will be a bit more lenient. There will still be no event programming at this time.

 

We will continue to offer curbside pickup for those who do not wish to come in the building - order forms can be found here - but otherwise the community is welcome back inside to browse for books or to use computers. We reserve the right to revert back to former stages in our re-opening plan (see below) if deemed necessary due to the prominence of local COVID cases. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by phone (474-9072) or by email (skowlib@skowhegan.lib.me.us) if you have any questions.

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

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

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

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

“New normal”

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

  • Masks are required to enter the building

  • 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

Resume full pre-Covid operating levels

 

 

Adopted by Trustee Board: 5/14/20

Revised by Trustee Board: 8/20/20

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