COVID-19 Information and Resources

 

05/11/2020 UPDATE:

The question about when the Library will re-open has been complicated both by the renovation project and COVID-19. At this point, we have not set a date for re-opening, but the Trustees and staff are currently working on a phased plan designed to keep everyone safe. We are aware that, once services resume, patrons and staff will be coming into contact with materials that have been taken into various private homes and returned, as well as books and movies received from libraries in counties with higher levels of COVID-19. We are working to come up with protocols that will ensure safety for all.

In the meantime:

  • All due dates have been extended and there will be no late fees. Keep the items you have checked out until the Library re-opens.
  • Stay up to date on the Library re-opening plan and the upcoming Summer Library Program by visiting this website and our Facebook page. The Summer Library Program will naturally look a little different this year, but the librarians are planning an array of virtual programs and fun reading challenges.
  • If you need reading material, our Library has excellent free resources for e-books for all ages, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and music. Librarians are always available to answer questions and help you get started. E-mail them at morrill@hiawathalibrary.org and include your phone number for a call back.

Like you, we believe Libraries are essential and we are eager to re-open. Until we see you in person, we send our best wishes that all our patrons are safe, well, and happy.


03/30/2020 UPDATE:

The library will remain closed until further notice. Please continue to keep any items you have checked out as nothing is overdue and our book drop is still closed as well. Our email, morrill@hiawathalibrary.org, is continuing to be checked by our staff, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question or would like help with any of our online resources. While we wish we could be with our patrons, the library is still here serving you as we all try to stay safe and healthy!


03/22/2020 UPDATE:

We will be closed until April 6 for certain. Whether we are open any time after this date will be determined by several factors, including guidelines or mandates handed down from official health agencies.
We will keep anything you have on hold until we reopen, however long that is. No items are overdue. Our book drop is closed for the time being as well.
Staff will be in the Library limited hours the next two weeks. You can email morrill@hiawathalibrary.org if you want to contact us.
We will keep you posted on our status the best we can. We also encourage you to use the services that are available online.
And most importantly, please follow the guidelines for protecting yourself and others!


03/15/2020 UPDATE:

Based on a number of local closings, as well as the available information from health officials, Morrill Public Library, focused on the safety of our patrons and staff, will be temporarily closed to the public until March 23 and any scheduled programs during this time are canceled.
Due dates will be extended and our book drop will not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience! We will continue to update here as well as on our social media accounts for new information!


Our Message to Patrons

The safety and health of our patrons and staff are always our top priority. We will continue serving our patrons’ library needs as normal, while at the same time, plan ahead for changing circumstances. We want to assure you that our entire staff works hard to keep our building as clean as possible, including cleaning and sanitizing public spaces and surfaces. We also have hand sanitizer and tissues available for patrons at our circulation desk.

We will rely on the direction of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about further actions. If certain precautions are recommended, we will consider making changes to our services, such as limiting operating hours or canceling regular programs.

While we are currently carrying on as usual, we want to emphasize the importance of preventative measures everyone can take. We can all help protect our own and others’ health by following the recommendations of the CDC:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek medical care

Our library’s online resources are always available, 24/7! You can find links to our digital audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, and digital magazines on our website. If you need any assistance, please call the library and we’ll be happy to help you.

 

Links to Important Resources

All the links below are being updated regularly. Please check back for the most current information on this developing situation.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.

World Health Organization (WHO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019-2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s page provides general and state-specific information.

MedLine Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine) – MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information in language you can understand. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The organization’s mission is aimed at providing health information to the public that is trusted, easy to understand, free of advertising, in both English and Spanish.