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

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