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Letter from the CEO: Service Updates
Posted by Sabrina on March 13, 2020
The World Health Organization has now defined the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. As a result, Canada, Ontario, Grey County and The Town of the Blue Mountains are each moving forward with plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community and staff. The Blue Mountains Public Library (BMPL) is doing our part by evaluating our services and types of programs we will be offering in March Break and in the next weeks.
Health service agencies advise the best practice is the regular washing of hands, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, congregating in large groups of people, and social distancing (5 feet between people). If you are sick, we ask you not visit the library.
Importantly, we are working to balance public service with public safety. Each community will make plans that best meet the community and work to limit further spread. As such, we will continue to work with our government partners and amend our plans based on their advice. Updates will be posted to our website regularly.
While some activities and events have been cancelled or postponed, at present, there is no change to our hours or services, and most regular programs are continuing as planned. Our Event Calendar will be updated regularly and registrants will be notified by email of March Break changes. In order to keep our LE Shore (LES) open and mitigate spread of any virus, we have added some enhanced procedures:
- Throughout the Library, you will find hand sanitizers. There are stations at each entrance, at both circulation desks, and at each of our seating area. Additionally, we have put up signage at each of these stations explaining how to properly use hand sanitizer. The best method of cleaning hands is, of course, 20-30 seconds of hand scrubbing with hot water and soap in the bathrooms.
- Please return all materials through the book drops. One is located at the Craigleith Heritage Depot, one at each entrance of the LES building, and another inside LES at the circulation desk.
- We have added additional janitorial cleaning of high-touch areas, and added cleaning duties of our staff for high touch transfer areas (e.g. tabletops, door handles, chair arms, keyboards, mouse).
- Some toys and games have been removed as it is impractical, at this time, to try to maintain cleaning protocols of these.
How do I participate in BMPL Services without entering the building:
- Our Virtual Branch is a great place to find reading materials while you are home. We have online collections from the Craigleith Heritage Depot, e-newspapers and magazines, audio and e-books, movies, and music.
- Call or email us and we will extend your material loans. You may also self-renew by logging onto our online system and renew your materials. If you receive a notice that an item cannot be renewed, please call during business hours and we will ensure no late fees are applied.
We will use the new Services Update and COVID-19 on our website to communicate service changes due to COVID-19 and our E-Newsletter to announce any major changes, should they occur. Again, if you are not subscribed, we encourage you to visit our webpage and subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Dr. Sabrina Saunders
Blue Mountains Public Library CEO
519-599-3681 ext 2
Authoritative Information about COVID-19
Information from Local, Provincial and National Agencies
- World Health Organization
- Government of Canada
- Government of Ontario
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- COVID-19 Public Resources Public Health Ontario.
- Be prepared (COVID-19) (Infographic) Government of Canada.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Be prepared factsheet Government of Canada.
- Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Government of Canada. Available in multiple languages.
- About coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Government of Canada.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public World Health Organization.