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Message  from Peter Leonard, Executive Director, Updated June 1, 2020

Dear Friends, we know that you are eager to come back to your libraries. We are just as eager to welcome you back—with your health and safety in mind.

We are beginning the process of planning to offer services at graduated levels.

As we progress through the phases of reopening, we will provide you with updates including details and instructions for accessing services. These updates will be posted on our website, included in our weekly e-news and posted on social media.

Beginning June 1st, we will work to reintroduce staff to the libraries by:

  • Creating schedules and workspaces that limit physical interaction between staff.
  • Instituting new safety protocols and incorporating safety equipment.
  • Developing the next phase—distributing materials held since March, in a contactless manner to insure safety of users, volunteers and employees.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the process of adding more services like returns and holds.  We want to be mindful of capacity and safety.

Please bookmark this page and check back for updates, sign up for our weekly e-news or follow us on social media to learn when services will be available and how to access them.

Message  from Peter Leonard, Executive Director, updated May 21, 2020

Your libraries have been delivering a large array of virtual programs and services during the pandemic. We are also planning how to offer physical library services while insuring the safety of patrons, volunteers and employees. Cedar Mill & Bethany, along with other WCCLS libraries, are looking at a phased reopening guided by health authorities. Each library is tailoring their plan to individual community needs and library capacities.

One of our first priorities over the next few months is to get library materials into your hands, followed by accepting returns. Some libraries throughout the country have tested contactless, curbside pickup. We are closely following their efforts and systematically preparing to adopt the best practices.

We will begin with the backlog of holds and items on order after bringing in new safety supplies and structuring staffing levels, schedules, and teams to prepare the libraries for contactless pickup. Receiving and quarantining returned items will follow. Currently there are more than 80,000 items checked out at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries. More than 30% of items in circulation come from other WCCLS libraries. To accept returns, our daily inter-library courier system must be reactivated. We are monitoring scientific tests being performed on library materials by the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project to determine the safest way to handle returned items.

So many in-library services such as storytimes, programs, browsing and computer use are high touch, large group activities. We will not be scheduling any in-library programs this summer and won’t resume until we have a clear and safe path forward. When the libraries are opened to the public, it will be in the safest capacity possible. Until then, we appreciate your patience as we work to create the libraries of the future—a future in which we are all safe and healthy.  — Peter

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