Public Library is starting curbside pickup today, Monday, May 18, and
Friends of the Library book sales are canceled for now.
Public Library Board held its regular meeting Thursday via Zoom. Board
members heard updates on library operations amid ongoing efforts to contain
the spread of COVID-19.
Lisa Stamm reported staff returned to working at WPL buildings on May 11,
after WPL maintenance staff conducted a deep cleaning of the facilities. WPL
is providing two washable cloth masks to each employee, courtesy of a WPL
manager who volunteered to sew them, and employees will be required to wear
a clean mask to each shift and maintain six feet of distance from others
Staff are on-hand
to answer phone calls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the
Thomas Branch, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hageman Branch, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays at the Thomas Branch, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Hageman
patrons will be able to call and hold items and arrange for a contactless
pickup in WPL parking lots. Materials returned will undergo a 72-hour
quarantine period, Stamm said, since research shows that the novel
coronavirus cannot stay alive on most surfaces for that long.
hours will be Monday through Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m. at both branches,
Saturday from 11:30
to 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas Branch, and Saturday 1:30 to 4:30 at the Hageman
Stamm reported WPL
has also responded to the pandemic by bolstering Wifi signals in parking
lots, so patrons can still use WPL’s free Wifi, and expanding the Library’s
digital catalog. In April, WPL saw a 70% increase in digital materials use.
Stamm reported she has increased digital materials since the start of the
closure by rerouting $5,000 from the Thomas Branch adult fiction line item
to digital and shifting $10,000 that was earmarked for adult ebooks to
increase children’s and young adult digital materials.
repurposed money that was already budgeted to fund more digital materials,
WPL has incurred some unexpected costs due to the emergency closure and its
new preventive measures, which WPL’s bookkeeper is keeping a running tab of.
So far, WPL has spent $5,289.82 on materials for implementing curbside
pickup, buying and installing hands-free bathroom door openers, extra hand
sanitizer and soap, and two extra barcode scanners and receipt printers to
allow for more efficient social distancing.
In other business,
WPL Board member Michele Corazzo was reappointed to another term by the
Duneland School Board, and the Library switched from Demco to LibCal for its
online calendar software after repeated technical issues with Demco. An
asbestos survey planned for all Library buildings was also postponed due to
COVID-19. The survey will be rescheduled and completed by the end of May.
complimented Stamm and her staff for their hard work in continuing Library
services with a focus on safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Board President
Nick Tilden said he’s excited for curbside pickup to start.
“I feel confident
in our plan, and our crew is excited to do it. I’m really happy and proud of
everybody at the Library. We’re ready to do this in whatever way and ways we
can, and attitudes are great,” Stamm said.
Corazzo noted that
she’s been going through her old books since shelter-in-place started and
asked about the status of the Friends of the Library book sales. Stamm said
book sales are canceled for now, and WPL is not taking donations for future
sales. She doesn’t anticipate hosting a fall book sale. “In talking with the
branch manager who works directly with the friends, I don’t see a way to
safely do that, especially when you consider the Friday night when everybody
is jam packed up by AV,” Stamm said. “We appreciate you and everyone else
thinking of us, but especially with having to quarantine things, we just
don’t have the space,” Stamm said.