June 17, 2020
Dear Library Patrons,
We are pleased to announce that Monday, June 22, Prospect Community Library will open its building to the public. We have implemented COVID-19 safety and protective measures that will be required of our patrons and staff – such as the wearing of face coverings to enter and while in the library, hand sanitizing/washing upon entry, and occupancy limits to help maintain social distancing – so that everyone can again enjoy the in-library services that so many of you are accustomed to and rely upon.
The health and safety of library users and staff are of paramount importance. We are following guidelines and recommendations from a variety of trusted sources, including the Center for Disease Control and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries as they make decisions regarding reopening procedures. In order to do this, the following procedures will apply to all patrons entering the library.
Wearing a mask in the library is required. Curbside pickup is available for those who are unable or do not wish to wear a mask.
All library materials, including books, DVDs, Interlibrary Loans, audiobooks, and music CDs are to be returned in the outside book drop, prior to entering the library to start their 72-hour quarantine period.
Do not bring in items you wish to renew. Just let us know at the circulation desk when you are checking out or call the library to renew.
Keep a 6-feet distance between others.
The occupancy limit of the library will be 2 librarians and 5 patrons (unless your family is larger than 5).
Computer usage will be limited to 60 minutes per day, per patron. Computer usage ends 30 minutes prior to closing.
Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home and not visit the library until the required monitoring time has passed.
By now, I think we all understand that keeping each other safe is a shared responsibility. The entry requirements and other safety measures in our reopening plan will take time for all of us to get used to. Although we are open, we do encourage you to continue using the options for express pickup of library materials and continuing to use our eContent to help us maintain social distancing and occupancy limits during this phase of our reopening.
We’re glad to have you back in our library and look forward to continuing to provide access to essential information and services for everyone in our community.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (724)865-9718.
Jill Hambley, Director
Prospect Community Library
May 29, 2020
May 11, 2020
With Butler County moving to the Yellow Phase on May 15, 2020, under Pennsylvania's three phase matrix, the Butler County Federated Library System member library buildings will remain closed to the public while staff returns to the buildings to prepare their facilities for the phased re-opening.
Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, libraries' outdoor book drops will be reopened for you to return currently checkout-out materials. The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) recommends a 72-hour quarantine of collection items as the safest and most effective way to disinfect them. Libraries will be following this recommendation, so be aware that items will remain on your account until they are deemed safe to check in so as to prevent possible cross contamination. Due dates for items checked out between February 1 and March 14 have been extended until June 15th and will be modified as needed. No late fees should accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period. Send us a message through the "Contact Us" tab if you have been charged in error. Placing a hold on items will be temporarily disabled in order to allow our courier to catch up with the backlog.
Like many businesses and government agencies, our plan to resume regular services will happen in stages, with the safety of our patrons and staff as a priority. Please check for updates here, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, for the latest information on our plan to restore services. We encourage you to continue to use all the electronic resources listed on both our "Adult" and "Youth" pages, as well as the links provided at the bottom of our "Home" page.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this situation.
Cheryl Ferraro, System Administrator
Jill Hambley, Library Director