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Skowhegan Free Public Library Re-Opening Plan

3/28/2021:  COVID-19 Update

As of March 29, 2021, the library will be re-opening to the public in a limited capacity. We are still offering 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 with a 30 minute time limit per person. This follows Stage 4 of our COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan (see below). We reserve the right to revert back to former stages in our re-opening plan 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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