Library Closed Due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions

bowdoinham-public-library- zellous.orgThe Bowdoinham Public Library is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.

Resources and Information from trusted sources about the virus can be found HERE

 

Following guidance from the Maine State Library and the Governor’s directives we have suspended our Roadside pickup of library materials. Here is the language from our State Librarian, Jamie Ritter:

Maine State Library Statement on Curbside and Home Delivery Lending

We all recognize the importance of libraries in people’s lives. We can all agree that libraries provide essential services to their communities. During the pandemic that we are facing now, we must recognize that the definition of essential services changes dramatically. Essential services are now hospitals, healthcare workers, grocery workers, trash collectors, etc. At this point in our state’s fight to control the spread of COVID-19, we must recognize that we may be endangering people in our community and library staff if we continue to lend materials. The materials aren’t really where the high risk is. The risk is in the contact and the movement of people. Traditional library services are non-essential in a pandemic.

When Governor Mills issued her Executive Order effective March 25, she mandated that “all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The Order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue activities that do not involve these types of in-person contact and convenings – and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely.”

Libraries should follow that mandate and cease any lending activities that involve people coming to the library or library workers or volunteers going out into the community.

 

We will continue to follow local, state and federal guidance on how best to handle and distribute library materials in order to keep everyone safe. There are opportunities for electronic downloads of materials using your Bowdoinham Public Library card so please be i touch with Kate if you need guidance using CloudLibrary. New digital resources are being added to that digital collection every day to meet the increased need during this time. A more efficient email while Kate is working from home is Bowdoinham @ gmail.com. Thank you for your support and understanding.