This decision has not been made lightly, and we are feeling sad and heartbroken.
The last week has been full of uncertainty and stress for many of us as we try to make sense and keep up with the information about the spread of coronavirus. At the Library, just a few days ago we struggled with the decision of whether to cancel library programs, and now, we are announcing a closure, that brings tears to my eyes to write about.
We strive to make decisions that meet the needs of our community, and right now, we are closing the Library to limit exposure of our beloved Library Partons to the virus, and data that indicates that preemptive closure of gathering places can be effective in reducing or slowing the spread of the virus.
Under normal circumstances, community gathering at the Lanpher Library would bring comfort and sense of normalcy to confusing times, and this is part of what makes the Lanpher Library a powerful community place, however, it is also because of this that we cannot stay open in this circumstance.
While we have been doing everything we can to increase our disinfection of surfaces at the library, we cannot guarantee that the virus will not spread through exposure at the library. Because the library attracts school children, visitors from out of town, the aging populace in town, and almost everyone in between we are concerned that we are a likely place for the virus to spread from one group of people to another.
We have free 24/7 wifi, and it is accessible outside of our building.
Don't forget about GMLC Overdrive, downloadable audio and ebooks
Read the post below to learn about how you can still check out materials from the Library, keeping in mind that we cannot guarantee that we can fully make sure that they are virus free.
We will change our catalog settings so that you do not receive overdue notices, although you can still return materials in our drop box. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, please do not return library materials until you are recovered.
Check this website often for any changes or updates, and please feel welcome to call us at any time 888-4628.