Here is a press release from the Libraries of Stevens County…
Dear Stevens County Residents,
This is an unprecedented time in our state. As we all continue to feel the effects that the growing COVID19 outbreak is causing, we’re making difficult but important decisions about the way we operate public libraries in your communities. We continue to follow all recommendations from our local health district, who have recently urged everyone to restrict public gatherings and promote social distancing immediately: https://www.netchd.org/
Your health and safety is our highest priority. In the interest of protecting the high-risk populations we serve and the high-risk populations who volunteer for us, the Library is canceling all programs, events, and outreach through April 5, 2020. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time.
Our library system is committed to maintaining essential library services while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and staff. To help slow the spread of this pandemic, we are making the following changes to library services, effective Friday, March 13 through April 5:
-All library events and programs are canceled; including storytimes.
-Computers, seating, and other library spaces may be reconfigured, or limited, to increase social
distancing (spacing people 4-6 feet apart)
-Outreach services are canceled.
As always, there are no late fines for returning items past their due date.
At this time, all of our branch libraries continue to operate with standard hours. To ensure everyone’s safety, we are regularly cleaning and disinfecting our spaces, providing hand sanitizer for use by staff and the public, and removing all toys and difficult to disinfect items from our children’s areas.
You can help keep our libraries safe and open! Please do not visit the library if you are experiencing flulike symptoms. When you visit us, remember to practice social distancing by keeping 4-6 feet of space between you and others, spending brief amounts of time in the library, and washing your hands regularly.
During this challenging time, there are many ways you can continue to access library resources without visiting your local branch in person. Visit our website at www.thelosc.org where you can:
-Borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks through Overdrive and the Libby app
-Take a class and learn a new skill through LinkedIn Learning through Lynda.com
-Study for the SAT, or one of many job-certification tests at LearningExpress
We understand that these changes will be difficult for people throughout Stevens County. We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to support the health and safety of our communities. We will continue to monitor this situation. To stay informed about these and any future changes, and to access reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the Northeast Washington Health District website at: https://www.netchd.org/
Amanda Six, Library Director
Libraries of Stevens County