Lombard, IL March 12, 2020 — Helen Plum Library has canceled all public programs through April 3 in response to recent public health recommendations, including the declaration of a global pandemic from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have advocated for social distancing — isolating people and canceling gatherings — as the best solution to avoid the rapid spread of this infectious disease. Slowing the rate of infection will help “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases and keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.
All patrons registered for the affected programming are being notified.
The Library remains open to the public. Visitors will notice additional adjustments designed to minimize exposure risk to both patrons and staff. Seating has been moved farther apart. Homebound delivery has been temporarily discontinued.
Visitors are encouraged to do their part. Follow the public health measures recommended by officials:
- Stay home if not feeling well.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Use the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Library.
- Please show or self-scan your library card instead of handing the card to staff and we encourage the use of the self-check machines whenever possible.
The Library will begin waiving overdue fines immediately until at least April 3, 2020 to ease concerns for patrons who wish to minimize their time in public. Should the Library building need to close, we will ask patrons to keep their items, fine free, until further notification.
We encourage use of our online entertainment and learning resources during this time. Immediately we will increase access limits to AcornTV and Great Courses to 4 per month (this is four 7-day passes) and up to 10 Hoopla uses per library cardholder.
Helen Plum Library is cancelling programming as an early intervention in the developing health crisis. Library officials are following the proactive examples of other institutions around the nation including the Vernon Hills Public Library in Lake County, the Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library, which has canceled all programs indefinitely, as well as Cleveland Public Library and San Francisco Public Library.
According to Helen Plum Library’s Executive Director, “We believe that if we engage in social distancing and proper hygiene, we can slow the rate of spread, and make sure there are enough resources to properly care for everyone.”
The library is a reliable source of authoritative information, no different for this topic. Those seeking the latest on Coronavirus can find links compiled in a COVID-19 research guide at www.helenplum.org/coronavirus
The Library will promptly update the public of any further changes to services. In the meantime, please make use of our eBooks, Audiobooks and other online resources at www.helenplum.org