The Upper Sandusky Community Library will have new guidelines in place for the upcoming school season.
Due to the changes made in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Upper Sandusky Community Library will continue to enforce guidelines set forth by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Library Council. Those guidelines include wearing masks while in the building, maintaining a six-foot distance, and staying home if you are sick.
In addition to those guidelines currently in place, the library will limit the number of students in the building to those who are studying, doing homework, or checking out materials. Students will not be able to spend time at the library to hang out with friends or play games. Additional tables will be placed in the library to assist students with social distancing while doing school work and additional computers will be made available in the public computer areas for students to complete homework. If necessary, the 30-minute time limit will be enforced in order to comply with the governor’s mandate in regards to capacity and social distancing.
Tutors should contact the library in order to inquire whether space is available for tutoring. Tutors can also contact USCL Director Kathleen Whitt to further discuss space and availability.
MASKS REQUIRED AT USCL
Masks are required at the Upper Sandusky Community Library beginning on Friday, July 24 in order to limit the further spread of Covid-19 in Ohio.
According to DeWine, all individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when: at an indoor location that is not a residence; outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members; waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing. There are exceptions to the mask mandate: children under 10 years of age, persons with a medical condition or disability, and people communicating with someone with a disability.
The Upper Sandusky Community Library is striving to continue to offer services to our patrons. If you can't wear a mask due to a medical condition, please call the library at 419-294-1345 ahead of time to set up curbside pickup. The staff would be happy to bring your materials to you.
If you would like to visit the library but don't have a mask, the library has made masks available at each entrance for you.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES AT USCL
The following practices have been in place since the library reopened on May 12:
- Patrons must keep at least six feet away from other people. Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use and the library asks that patrons use it before handling any library materials.
- Library employees will wear face coverings when interacting with the public.
- Daily health assessments will be conducted by employees to self-evaluate if they are fit for duty. Employees will maintain good hygiene at all times, including hand washing and sanitizing, and will clean and sanitize their workplaces throughout the day.
- There will be a limited capacity of patrons allowed in the library in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Visitors are asked to limit their time in the library to 30 minutes. This includes computer use.
- Materials being returned should be left in the book drop outside or in the book drop at the front desk. Materials coming into the library will be quarantined for four days.
- When checking out, patrons will present item barcodes to be scanned by staff.
- Materials will be fine free through the end of the year.
- Only three public computers will be available at any time.
- The Heritage and Ellison rooms are available, but will be kept locked. Only one party may be allowed in each room at a time. The library will accept reservations for one-hour use of either room. Staff will wipe equipment after each use.
- If you or someone you live with is sick, please do not come into the library. Curbside pickup can be arranged instead.
- All in-person programming at the library has been cancelled. Meeting rooms cannot be reserved.
More information about COVID-19 and protocols in Ohio can be found at https://bit.ly/3jkxPKa. Additional resources are available below.
- See Gov. DeWine's press conference about the mask mandate >> https://youtu.be/bJJPy-8qZhM
- Avoiding Scams - COVID-19 Checklist >> https://bit.ly/30gyljv
- CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread (CDC) >> https://bit.ly/30vDap6
- Children and Cloth Face Coverings (Masks) - COVID-19 Checklist >> https://bit.ly/30AGtvj
- Cloth Face Coverings (Masks) COVID-19 Checklist >> https://bit.ly/3jhDzV5
- COVID-19: Myths vs Facts >> https://bit.ly/3eV9uXI
- COVID-19 Checklist for Parents of Teens and Young Adults >> https://bit.ly/3eYtkBG
- For Families and Individuals >> https://bit.ly/2B4UxVc
- How to Protect Yourself and Others >> https://bit.ly/2DQfX9F
- Stress and Coping >> https://bit.ly/393V5r9
- Top 5 Ways To Disinfect When Everyday Supplies Run Out >> https://bit.ly/3fSghTf
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC) >> https://bit.ly/2CEGtlZ
For more information in regards to the guidelines, please visit the Upper Sandusky Community Library’s website, stop by the front desk, or call the library at 419-294-1345.