COVID-19 UPDATE

December 30, 2020

 

Dear Library Patrons,

 

Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to operate solely via curbside service and virtual programming through Saturday, January 16, 2021.

Our hours will remain the same:

 

M/R 1:00-7:00

T/W 10:00-5:00

F     10:00-3:00

Sat   8:00-3:00

Sun  CLOSED

 

We look forward to resuming in-person service on January 19, 2021! In our effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Masks must be worn inside the library. Anyone unable or unwilling to wear a mask is more than welcome to take advantage of curbside service.

  • Staff and patrons must use hand sanitizer before handling materials.

  • Capacity will be reduced to permit a maximum of 5 patrons inside the library at one time, unless a family has greater than 5 members.

  • Staff and patrons must maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another at all possible times.

  • Computer usage will be limited to 30 minutes per patron per day.

  • ALL items for return must be deposited in the outdoor book drop. Returned items will continue to be sanitized and quarantined, then backdated to their drop-off date upon check-in.

  • Staff will continue to practice increased safety measures, including temperature checks, regular hand washing, and monitoring of symptoms.

 

Programming will remain virtual until further notice. Curbside service will continue to be available to anyone preferring that method.

 

Thank you for your continued understanding as we work together for the safety of each other!

Sincerely yours,

Bridget

Bridget Sereday 

Director, Prospect Community Library

November 10, 2020

Dear Library Patrons,

BEGINNING THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

After careful consideration and in light of Butler County’s state designation as an area with “substantial” COVID-19 case increases, we have decided to suspend in-person services through the end of December. The health and safety of our patrons and community is of the utmost importance to us, and we feel this change will best enable us to continue to serve you safely.

Curbside services will be available during our regular hours of operation:

     Mondays & Thursdays                   1:00 pm – 7:00pm

     Tuesdays & Wednesdays              10:00 am – 5:00 pm

     Fridays                                       10:00 am – 3:00 pm

     Saturdays                                    8:00 am – 3:00 pm

     Sundays                                      CLOSED

        Patrons can continue to put books on hold or call with hold requests for a staff member to place on their account. We will be happy to help you with whatever you are looking for; just give us a call. Once items arrive or are pulled, we ask that you please call for a pick-up time so that we can ensure your order will be ready for you outside at the curbside table near the building’s parking lot entrance.

        ABC and STEAM Story Times, Book Club meetings, and Bookends meetings will continue to be held, but in a virtual format.

      Any updates to this plan of operations will be posted to our website and communicated in our weekly newsletter. Together, we will navigate these changes for the safety of each other. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

        Sincerely yours,

      Bridget

        Bridget Sereday

        Director, Prospect Community Library

September 9, 2020
Dear Library Patrons,
 
We are happy to be able to return to more regular hours of operation, as of September 8, 2020. Our new hours are as follows:
 
Monday/Thursday       1:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday/Wednesday  10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday                          10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday                      8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday                        Closed
 
It has been such a welcome sight to have your familiar faces - and some new! - inside the library, at curbside for pickup, and at our outdoor programming. We look forward to continuing to serve you, keeping both the community's needs and the safety of each other in mind.
We continue to stay informed on sanitization measures for our materials, and our COVID-19 safety and protective measures remain in place.
  • Staff continues to self-monitor their temperature and symptoms daily.
  • Increased cleaning of high regular contact areas continues.
  • Please do not bring any materials inside the library for return or renewal. Instead, please utilize our outdoor book drop for returns. Call us or tell us at the circulation desk about any items you wish to renew.
  • All items returned to the book drop will undergo sanitization and a quarantine period of at least 72 hours prior to check-in. Items will be back-dated to the date of drop off once they are checked in. 
  • Face coverings continue to be mandatory inside the building. Curbside services are still an option for those who are unable or do not wish to wear a face covering.
  • Patrons and staff must apply hand sanitizer (available at the front desk) once inside.
  • Face coverings are not required during outdoor programming where participants are able to be at least 6 feet apart. However, we ask that you please have a face covering with you in the event that a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained at any point during the program.
  • We continue to operate under decreased occupancy limits of 2 librarians and 5 patrons/families and we ask that you continue to give each other 6 feet of space when inside.
Thank you all for being careful, respectful, and aware of one another's health and of our guidelines. We appreciate your continued support, and we are grateful for the opportunity to carry on serving you. Please reach out to us at 724-865-9718 or prospectlibrary@bcfls.org with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Bridget
Bridget Sereday, Director
Prospect Community Library

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 prospectlibrary@bcfls.org or give us a call at (724)865-9718.

Sincerely,


Jill Hambley, Director

Prospect Community Library

May 29, 2020