LIBRARY REOPENING PLAN: PHASE TWO (Effective Monday, July 6)

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LIBRARY REOPENING PLAN: PHASE TWO

06/23/2020

Dear Library Patrons,

The safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to the Oscar Grady Public Library. We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), WI Department of Health Services, and the Washington/Ozaukee County Health Department.

The Oscar Grady Public Library continues to re-open following the American Enterprise Institution (AEI) Report which outlines a phase-opening process released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner to help minimize and prevent a possible risk of resurgence of the virus COVID-19, and the Blueprint for Reopening Washington and Ozaukee Counties, a guiding document created by the County Chief Health Officer specifically for Washington and Ozaukee County businesses and residents.

For most recent and accurate information, please visit the following websites:
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• Washington Ozaukee County Public Health Department: http://www.washozwi.gov/

What is The Oscar Grady Public Library doing?
Our current procedure is to: 1) prioritize the safety and health of our staff and patrons; 2) continue serving your community informational needs as best we can; 3) plan for any changing circumstances should they become apparent.

LIBRARY REOPENING PLAN: PHASE TWO

Library Services Phase Two: Following the guidelines of Phase Two from the Blueprint for Reopening Washington and Ozaukee Counties, the Oscar Grady Public Library will open to the public for services, beginning Monday July 6, 2020 at 50% of the Library’s total occupancy. The occupancy level is based on the total square feet of the Library per person /per square foot for the areas the Library is open to the public.
Hours of Operation: Phase Two allows the Library to reinstate the hours we are open to the public, with the exception of Saturdays. The hours of operation are as follows:
Mondays-Thursdays: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services being offered: include checkout and return of library materials, Inter-Library Loan services, public internet and wireless access, printing, photocopying, and faxing, minimum programming of outdoor events, and patron access to the Digital Media Conversion Lab and the Jim and John Peterson archive collection.


The service of Curbside Pickup will still be available upon request for seniors and patrons with vulnerable health risks.
The Youth Services Department and Youth Circulation Desk will remain closed to the public, although materials located in the Youth Services Department are available for checkout.


The Library’s Community Room and drinking fountains will not be available for public use during this phase.
The Library staff shall continue to follow the CDC Guidelines and are therefore required to wear cloth masks, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer provided by the Village.
All staff shall maintain a minimum 6-foot physical distance from other staff members and members of the public.
Plexi-glass has been installed at the Circulation Desk to assist staff with service to the public.

Next Steps: We are monitoring this developing situation closely; the safety of, and my commitment to, our patrons and library staff is my priority. The intent of the Library is to continue to re-open incrementally through a conservative and careful approach. Additional services will be available through phases once approved by the Library Director in consultation with the Oscar Grady Public Library Board of Trustees and the Village Administrator. Similarly, phases may revert, or the Library may close, if at any time an elevated health risk is determined to exist to the public or the staff.

What can you do?
As a public space, the Library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. Please consider the risks of a public space when using the Library.
The Library staff requests that all patrons entering the building take precaution in the possible spread of infection by wearing cloth masks, washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer provided by the Village of Saukville.

Thank you for working with us to keep the Library a healthy and safe environment.

Jen Gerber

Oscar Grady Public Library, Library Director jgerber@village.saukville.wi.us

For the document with information regarding PHASE ONE, please click HERE

School Supplies Drive, July 20th to August 14th.

Help us to help others!
Added to our usual bin taking donations of food for Saukville’s Community Food Pantry, now we have added one collecting school supplies to help students in need during this pandemic.

Items needed are:

Binders

Colored Pencils

Crayons

Folders

Kleenex

Markers

Pencils

Pens

Pencil Box/Bags

Rulers

Need More Information? Call Mark (262) 689-8591

The ADVISORY COLLECTION…

We can’t wait to share with you some big changes coming to the

Oscar Grady Public Library MAGAZINE/PERIODICAL COLLECTION!

Why are we making a change?

Over the last few years, the magazines that the Oscar Grady Public Library has subscribed to have continued to go up in cost and down in content, publishing fewer and fewer issues, or in some cases, discontinuing print editions all together. After much consideration, these factors and others have prompted us to change the direction of our periodical collection.

Don’t worry! We will continue to subscribe to our top 5 circulating “popular” magazines, and our staff will happily help with your requests for other magazines from within the Monarch Library System.

And now for something totally new!

Calling all Library patrons!

Are you a writer or poet? A maker or doer?

We know you’re a reader!

AVAILABLE NOW… Our all new ADVISORY COLLECTION!

What do we mean by Advisory Collection?

The staff of the Oscar Grady Public Library takes a lot of pride in providing our patrons with advice on what to read (watch, listen to, make) next, and our goal in changing our subscriptions from traditional magazines to advisory periodicals is to provide the best possible advice on these topics.

We have chosen a selection of periodicals from around the country, and world, which will highlight new and different authors, poets, artists, and projects which we hope will pique our patrons’ interests and fuel their creativity.

Some of the new subscriptions that will be available to you include:

    American Book Review

The American Book Review is an award-winning, internationally distributed publication that appears six times a year. It specializes in reviews of frequently neglected published works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women’s presses. (http://americanbookreview.org/aboutus.asp )

    New York Review of Books

Every two weeks… writers publish essays and reviews of books and the arts, including music, theater, dance, and film… What has made The New York Review successful, according to The New York Times, is its “stubborn refusal to treat books, or the theatre and movies, for that matter, as categories of entertainment to be indulged in when the working day is done.” (https://www.nybooks.com/about/)

    The Times Literary Supplement

Every week, we publish book reviews, book extracts, essays and poems from leading writers from around the world. We cover far more than just literature, featuring major articles on subjects from anthropology to zoology, philosophy to politics, comedy to psychology. We are the only major English-language publication to review books published in other languages, including French, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian.  Each week, we also review the latest in fiction, film, opera, theatre, dance, radio and television. (https://www.the-tls.co.uk/about-the-tls/)

    London Review of Books

Published twice a month, it provides a space for some of the world’s best writers to explore a wide variety of subjects in exhilarating detail – from art and politics to science and technology via history and philosophy, not to mention fiction and poetry. As well as book reviews, memoir and reportage, each issue also contains poems, reviews of exhibitions and movies, ‘short cuts’, letters and a diary… (https://www.lrb.co.uk/about )

    New York Times Book Review

    The Sewanee Review

    Poets & Writers Magazine

    Poetry Magazine

    Writer’s Digest

    Taproot Magazine

    Communication Arts… and more!

We sincerely hope that the new Advisory Collection will provide a unique service to the patrons in our community, and will assist the staff of the Oscar Grady Public Library to help answer the question, “What should I read next?”, and so much more!

The ADVISORY COLLECTION…

Available NOW at your Oscar Grady Public Library.

GOT RETURNS?

Dear patrons:
Please know that when you return items at our location, they will still show on your account for at least 72 HOURS!. Know too that if you do return anything on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, it will still show until it’s checked in the following week, since we are not open during the weekends.

Our computers are set now with a 7 days grace period, meaning they will scan the items as if they were returned 7 days before. This being said, we do not take more than that period of time checking in items, so you should not see any charges being made to your account if you did return them by their due date.

Also, we still prefer you to use our outside drop if possible.

Let us know if any questions. Thank you.

CANCELLED: Blanket Storytime

This event was initially scheduled for July 27th.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to create your own area for your family on our lawn facing Main Street.

The first 30 families will receive their very own copy of the books we share and we will use a microphone, so families can spread out as much as they’d like!

Weather permitting.

Six feet social distancing and face masks are strongly encouraged.