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UPDATED October 20, 2020

Face Coverings Required When Visiting Any Library Branch

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. any community member visiting the library will need to bring a face covering in addition to their library card. The Mayors of Nixa and Ozark have issued executive orders that require the wearing of face coverings while in public spaces, including businesses that are open to the public, for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19.

To be consistent and for the health and safety of staff and community members, we will be adopting the same face covering ordinance set in place by the cities of Nixa and Ozark at the Clever Community Library Branch. We are following the precedent set by national retail stores, restaurants, and libraries to adopt consistent public health and safety standards and procedures, including the wearing of face coverings, for all locations even those located in different cities and states.

To prepare for your next library visit, please review the following frequently asked questions provided by the cities of Nixa and Ozark:
When Am I Required to Wear A Face Covering
If you’re over the age of 11 and are an employee or visitor at locations other than your own primary residence.

Does My Business Have to Require Face Coverings?
Yes. All businesses that are open to the public shall require face coverings to be worn.

What Counts As A Face Covering?
A device that covers the nose and mouth. Includes, but is not limited to: a sewn mask with ties or straps around the head or behind the ears; multiple layers of fabric tied around the head; is made from a variety of materials such as fleece, cotton, or linen; or factory-made or made from household items.

When Can I Remove My Mask?
If you’re asked by a law enforcement officer or medical provider.
If you have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
When any party to a communication is deaf or hard of hearing and not wearing a face covering is essential to communication.
When necessary to confirm the identity of a person.
When federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering or requires the removal of it.
Eating or drinking only when inside or in the outside dining area of a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service.

What Are The Penalties of Not Wearing A Face Covering?
Anyone who violates the provisions of the order shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in Section 1-9 of the City Code, however any fine assessed shall not exceed $100.

For more information about the executive orders and to read the full press release, frequently asked questions, penalties, and enforcement visit the City of Nixa’s webpage and the City of Ozark’s webpage.  For additional information about COVID-19 including the latest updates on cases and hospitalizations visit the Christian County Health Department.

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UPDATED September 8, 2020

Study Rooms are Open for Reservations  

The Christian County Library is continuing with our refresh process by adding another in-person service. Are you looking for a quiet space to study, complete online classes, or virtual learning? We have the perfect place. Study rooms are now open and available for patron use in the Nixa and Ozark Community Branches. Reserve your study space up to a week in advance and there is no daily time limit on study room bookings. 

In a continued effort to protect the safety and well-being of all patrons by following best practices, there will be a maximum of two people per study room and 30 minutes between reservations to allow library staff to properly and thoroughly disinfect the space. To reserve your study room contact your closest branch today.

 

 

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UPDATED July 31, 2020

Vulnerable and High-Risk Patron Library Browsing Hour

Christian County Library’s mission is to expand access to innovative, community-driven facilities, services, and lifelong educational opportunities to all people of Christian County. Throughout this pandemic, we have prided ourselves on keeping true to our mission by providing alternative and new services for our community, including virtual programming, temporary e-library cards, curbside and drive-thru pick-up, an increase of monthly digital checkout limits, Take and Make crafts, and Quick Picks book selections to name a few. 

Additionally, we strive to provide clean and safe library facilities. Following best practices and guidelines from trusted health officials, library staff is quarantining returned items for at least 72 hours, continually wiping down surfaces in high traffic areas, practicing social distancing, and wearing protective face coverings. Yet, we can still do better. 

As we have added more in-person services we have also received messages, questions, and concerns from our vulnerable and high-risk patrons. Questions such as: When are your slowest times of the day? Do you have a special time for seniors to visit the library during the pandemic? I’m immunocompromised, when is the safest time to come to the library? 

We hear you. 

Beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the Christian County Library will be offering a Vulnerable and High-Risk Patron Library Browsing Hour from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. Every Wednesday during this hour, anyone visiting the library will be required to wear face coverings to protect our most vulnerable patrons. To aid in this effort, disposable masks will be available at the front entrances of all branch locations. 

Our decision to provide this service is based on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that face coverings aid in the prevention of spreading the virus to others, including those at higher risk of severe illness. 

Following the guidelines from similar ordinances, there are a few exemptions:

  • Children under the age of 3 are not required to wear a face covering.
  • Children ages 3 to 11 are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering while under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • Individuals who have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
  • Individuals who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired.
  • Face shields may be worn in place of a fabric face covering.

The library is driven by the needs of the community and we hope that this small adjustment allows the opportunity for vulnerable patrons to enjoy their library experience. Thank you for your support in keeping all members of our community safe. #maskingforafriend 

 

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UPDATED July 5, 2020

All Christian County Library branches will open on Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. offering in-person services. The branches were temporarily closed July 1 through July 3, as a precaution due to potential staff exposure to COVID-19 that involved all library locations. The staff member that was experiencing symptoms has been tested and we are happy to report that the results came back negative.

Once again, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused during this temporary closure. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

 

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UPDATED July 1, 2020

All Christian County Library Branches are proactively closing out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of staff and community members due to potential staff exposure to COVID-19. The staff member has been tested and we are waiting for the results. That staff member and all staff who may have come in contact with them are self-isolating until test results are confirmed positive or negative.

Since we have reopened branches all library staff members have been implementing best practices for safety including wearing face masks at all times and using gloves when handling returned materials. More information about library safety precautions can be found in the June 16, 2020 update, below. During the closure, we will continue to disinfect all library surfaces and quarantine returned materials.

Temporary eLibrary cards that were set to expire June 30 have been extended through July 31, and all book drops remain open for returns. Visit our extensive digital collection of books, magazines, streaming movies, and music services. We also offer several educational, news sources, career, and skills-based databases for learners of all ages. Virtual events will continue to air on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

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UPDATED June 16, 2020

Continuing with our refresh process, the Christian County Library is adding even more in-person services. For several weeks, the library has offered drive-thru and curbside services at each branch and we are thrilled to announce the addition of reopening physical branches beginning Monday, June 22.

Similar to other libraries, businesses, and organizations in the state, we are adjusting services to maintain the health and safety of all of our community members. Broadly, these changes affect hours of operations, safer practices and processes, and new programming and service offerings.

 

 

 


Summer Hours
To provide staff the opportunity for additional cleaning and sanitizing, the library’s hours will be a little different this summer. The hours for the Nixa and Ozark branches are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. The hours for the Clever branch are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. till 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. These summer hours will be in effect through August 31, 2020.

Safer Practices
The health and safety of our community and staff members remain a major area of concern. Knowing that exposure and transmission of COVID-19 continue to pose a risk to everyone, the library is implementing slight changes to our services:

  • All library materials must be returned to the book drops. We are not accepting returns at drive-thru windows or circulation desks. Returned items will continue to be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in.
  • We ask all patrons to continue to practice social distancing throughout the library by not congregating in groups and remaining six (6) feet apart. Furniture will be rearranged to allow for distancing.
  • The number of computers will be limited and spaced apart. All computer sessions will be adjusted to 30 minutes at a time.
  • The Friends of the Library will not be accepting material donations at this time.
  • Plastic barriers have been installed at all service desks as an additional precaution.
  • Staff will be wearing protective masks and we request our patrons to also wear masks when possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the branches for public use.

New Services
Throughout this stressful time, we have all had to become more resourceful and creative. Last month, the library began offering Virtual Programming for community members of all ages. In addition to virtual programming, we are delighted to provide the following new services:

  • Due dates for all previously checked-out materials have been extended through the end of June. Any overdue fines accrued during this time are temporarily suspended.
  • Wifi boosters will be installed allowing for greater access to the internet inside the branches and extend coverage into the parking lots.
  • Quick Picks book selections are available. Ready to try something new? Complete a short questionnaire and library staff will select and place on hold three (3) personalized suggestions just for you!
  • Take & Make crafts and Activity sheets to take home. Craft kits and Activity sheets for all ages will be available, in limited quantities, for patrons to take home and complete.
  • Summer Reading Challenge is here! This year the Summer Reading Challenge can be completed entirely online. Download the Beanstack app to track minutes read, completion of fun activities, and attendance of virtual library events for magical prizes.
  • The Clever Branch Sidewalk Sale hosted by the Friends of the Library is coming soon. Maybe not a new service, but drop by to find great deals on books for every age. The sale is Friday, June 26 from noon till 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Thank You For Your Patience and Support
We know that our community is just as excited as we are to be offering more in-person services. We want everyone to know how thankful we are for everyone’s patience and support. These new procedures and services are designed and implemented with everybody’s health and safety in mind. Please continue to follow best practices by avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, or nose, washing your hands regularly, coughing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, staying home if you feel sick, and staying six (6) feet away from others. Welcome back, we missed you!

 

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UPDATED May 13, 2020

Reintroducing In-Person Services at Christian County Library

It is time for the Christian County Library to hit the refresh button. Starting next week the library will begin to reintroduce in-person services. Following best practice guidelines and recommendations from our public health officials, we will be reintroducing services in phases so that the safety of staff and our community remains a top priority. We know these past few weeks have not been easy and greatly appreciate the community’s support and patience.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20 staff will return to the branches for training. We are receiving shipments of masks, gloves, and additional cleaning supplies for staff, and we have created new safety procedures for receiving and lending materials, including proper sanitizing methods for returned library items. Staff will also clean and prepare the library for patrons to return their library materials.

 

On Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23, the Clever, Nixa, and Ozark branches will begin accepting returns of previously checked-out materials via their book drops. The book drops will remain open from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. at the Nixa and Ozark branches. The book drop at the Clever branch will remain open from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26 all branch and county book drops are open for returns. Drive-thru windows at Nixa and Ozark branches and curbside service at the Clever branch will also be opened, allowing patrons to pick up materials that have been placed on hold. The drive-thru windows at Nixa and Ozark branches will be open from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. (Monday-Saturday). Curbside service at the Clever branch is available from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Patrons can continue to place materials on hold online or by calling the library.

For curbside services at the Clever branch, patrons are asked to call the branch at (417) 743-2277 before or when they arrive, and then stay in their vehicles as a library staff member places their holds on a designated book cart outside for pick up.

Following recommended health and safety guidelines, all materials must be returned to the book drops; we will not accept returns at the drive-thru windows. Returned materials will then be retrieved from the book drops and quarantined for 72 hours before being checked back into the library’s collection or placed on the hold shelf.

Due dates for all previously checked-out materials have been extended through the end of June, and any overdue fines are temporarily suspended. Additionally, the Friends of the Library will not be accepting material donations at this time.

More to Come!

For now, the library buildings will continue to remain closed. We are monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and will reintroduce more in-person services over the next weeks based on the recommendations of government and health professionals. There is much we do not know, but we look forward to resuming additional library services for our community.

Our extensive digital collection of books, magazines, streaming movies, and music services remains available 24/7 including several educational, news sources, career, and skills-based databases for learners of all ages.

While our doors have been closed, we have been working hard at home and behind the scenes to serve the community with online services and virtual programming. What is virtual programming? It is our way to connect and create an online community for patrons. Virtual programming offers fun and the flexibility to participate on your own schedule and in the comfort of home. Check out the virtual programming page for more information about how to participate.

For the latest library service updates and resources, please visit our webpage and our social media platforms.

 

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UPDATED May 4, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Thank you!
I want to first thank all of our patrons and community members for their support and continued use of the library during the state’s stay-at-home order. We have seen an increase in the use of our online services and electronic resources during this troubling couple of weeks. We are also excited to announce that the library will be hosting virtual programming this month, more on that shortly.

Secondly, thank you to each library staff and Board of Trustees members for their flexibility and diligence during this unbelievable stressful time. All library staff members have been working at home and behind the scenes updating the collection, answering emails, finalizing construction plans, creating online programming and summer reading opportunities, completing online training, and preparing for the time when we are able to reopen.

Reopening Plan
The most pressing question our community and staff members have is how and when the library will reopen. The short answer is we do not have a date yet. All library branches, book drops, and community partner pick-up locations remain closed until further notice. During the Board of Trustees meeting in April, board members made the difficult decision to not reopen and offer library services on May 4, 2020, due to the enhanced risk of spreading COVID-19 among patrons and staff. However, the administrative staff is working on a plan and establishing guidelines for how and when we reopen. This plan will be presented at the next Board of Trustees meeting on May 12, 2020.

When the Christian County Library does reopen, it will occur in phases. We will continue to monitor important updates related to COVID-19 and follow recommendations from our trusted health care professionals as we progress through the reopening phases. The beginning phase will include allowing only staff members back into the buildings for reopening preparation such as social distancing training, sanitizing workspaces, pulling patrons holds, and providing all staff members with personal protective equipment.

The next phase includes reopening book drops and drive-through windows as well as offering a form of curbside services. All returned items will have to be quarantined and sanitized. In the next phase, we will open the branches following the regulations set by the state and county regarding social distance and building occupancy limits. The final phases include lifting the social distancing requirements and returning to all regular library operations with no restrictions.

We acknowledge that although the stay-at-home orders have been difficult, our elected officials believe it was necessary for the safety and wellbeing of all community members. With that being said, we also know that there is nothing quite as draining than the unknown and having to wait, so we continue to ask everybody to please be patient with us. And now, some good news: 

Digital Check-outs on Hoopla Will Remain Increased through May 31st
Through the end of May, all patron download limits will remain at 6 per month, increased from 4 per month, on the Hoopla platform. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response Hoopla has extended the availability of the Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection through May 31st. Items that are part of the bonus borrow collection do not count towards monthly download limits. 

Virtual Programming
In a continued effort to build online community, we will be offering virtual programming for all ages beginning with a virtual storytime on Friday, May 15, 2020. Other programming opportunities include book clubs, trivia, yoga, teen and tween chat, and many more! Make sure to follow our social media accounts and website for more information.

Construction Updates
For over 12 years the Christian County Library has held onto plans for building new library branches in the cities of Clever and Sparta. We are excited to finally announce that construction has begun! Information about the branches and construction updates may be found on the expansion webpage.

Due Dates Have Been Extended Through the End of June
All due dates have been further extended through the end of June. All pending and current holds will be frozen so you will keep your place in line when we reopen and any overdue fines are temporarily suspended during this closure.

All Library Cards have been Renewed Through June 30th
Any patron (including out-of-county) whose card or temporary e-library cards has or will expire during the closure period will be renewed through June 30th to allow continual access to digital resources and library databases. More information about applying for a temporary e-library card can be found here

Book Drops and Community Partner Pick-up Locations are Closed Until Further Notice
Please hold onto your library, including MOBIUS and ILL, items until we reopen. During this closure, all book drops and community partner pick-up locations are closed.

All Programs, Events and Meeting Room Bookings are Canceled Through August 31st
All library programming and public meeting rooms will be suspended through August 31st out of an abundance of caution for our patrons, staff, and volunteers. Additionally, this space will be used to quarantine library items when the library reopens.

Stay Informed with Library Updates
We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. For all library news and updates please visit christiancountylibrary.org and our social media platforms. If you have questions we are always accessible through Ask a Librarian or social media.

Thank You For Your Continued Patience
Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment these changes may cause. Thank you for your support, understanding, and patience as we develop strategies for offering and reopening library services in a phased approach that strives to maintain the safety of community members and staff. We miss our patrons and no matter when we reopen our doors, we will be working on ensuring all materials are safe for everyone to borrow

Continue to stay safe.
Geri B. Godber
Executive Director
Christian County Library

 

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UPDATED March 25, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Much like each of you, we have been monitoring and staying informed on important updates related to the spread of COVID-19 in our community. During a news conference yesterday, city and county officials of Greene County announced a “stay at home” order beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020, that will last for 30 days. This morning, the Christian County Commission voted to adopt the same order for all Christian County residents.

In a continued effort to protect the safety and well-being of all patrons and staff all Christian County Library branches and community partner pick-up locations will now be closed until further notice. This decision, same as the previous ones made, was backed by the library’s Board of Trustees and very difficult to make. Once again, while we regret the need to implement these measures, we feel it’s in the best interest of our community. With that, below are a few key updates:

Book drops and Community Partner Pick-up Locations are Closed Until Further Notice
Please hold onto your library, including MOBIUS and ILL, items until we reopen. During this closure, all book drops and community partner pick-up locations are closed.

All Programs, Events and Meeting Room Bookings are Canceled Through May 31st
All library programming will be suspended through May 31st out of an abundance of caution for our patrons, staff, and volunteers. Additionally, all public meeting room bookings are canceled and use of these spaces will be suspended through May 31st.

Due Dates Have Been Extended Through Sunday, May 31st
Good news for those that need more time to finish their library books! All due dates have been extended through Sunday, May 31st. All pending and current holds will be frozen so you will keep your place in line when we re-open. Additionally, overdue fines are temporarily suspended during this closure.

All Library Cards have been Renewed Through May 31st
Any patron (including out-of-county) whose card has or will expire during the closure period will be renewed through May 31st. This is to allow continual access to digital resources and library databases.

This unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis continues to change our daily lives. Uncertainty is concerning for all of us. To modify a quote about libraries: good libraries build online services and great libraries build online communities. Our staff has been working diligently, behind the scenes, to provide online services and resources for community members such as:

Spring into Reading Challenge
During this period of social distancing, we have two reading challenges available on the Beanstack platform. One for kids and families and one for adults and teens. Complete reading and activity challenges to earn badges all at the safety of your home. The Spring into Reading Challenge is going on now through the end of April for anyone who would like to participate. For more information and to access the challenges visit christiancountylibrary.beanstack.org

Apply for a Temporary e-Library Card
Not every Christian County resident has a library card (something we want to change). In an effort to meet the needs of all community members while the branches are closed, any Christian County resident can apply for a temporary e-Library card online. This card will grant access to our digital collection of books, magazines, movies, music, educational and vocational databases. Click here for more information and to apply.

24 Hour Access To All Digital Resources
During this challenging time, we want you to use our extensive digital collection of books, magazines, streaming movies, and music services. We also offer several educational, news sources, career, and skills-based databases for learners of all ages. If nothing else, we hope these resources provide a much-needed distraction.

Stay Informed with Library Updates
We are constantly monitoring the spread of COVID-19. For all library news and updates please continue to visit christiancountylibrary.org and our social media platforms. If you have questions we are always accessible through Ask a Librarian or social media.

How to Stay Informed
We continue to encourage all community members to consult reputable public health resources online including:
Christian County Health Department
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Living
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
World Health Organization

Thank You For Your Continued Patience
Again, we apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment these changes may cause. We all continue to have a role to play in protecting our communities and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for the continual support of our staff and community during this difficult time.

Stay safe. We will get through this together.
Geri B. Godber
Executive Director
Christian County Library

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UPDATED March 18, 2020

Dear Community Members,

As a trusted community resource, we want to provide updates and some key changes the library is making in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our area. While we regret the need to implement these measures, we feel it’s in the best interest of our community. All Christian County Library branches and community partner pick-up locations will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, April 6, 2020.

This unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis is changing everyone’s daily lives. We know that the library meets the varied needs of every patron in the county, so this decision has been a difficult one to make and was backed by our public health officials and the library’s Board of Trustees. The well-being and safety of our patrons and staff are best served by recognizing a period of social distancing that can only be met by closing facilities.

Book drops and Community Partner Pick-up Locations are Closed until April 6
During the library closure, all book drops and community partner pick-up locations are closed. We are encouraging all patrons to hold onto their library items, including MOBIUS and ILL items, until we reopen.

All Programs, Events and Meeting Room Bookings are Canceled Through April 12
Upon advice from county health officials and out of an abundance of caution for our patrons, staff and volunteers, all library programs and public meeting room bookings are canceled through April 12.

Due Dates Have Been Extended Through Sunday, April 12
All due dates have been extended through Sunday, April 12. All pending and current holds will be frozen so you will keep your place in line when we re-open. Additionally, overdue fines are temporarily suspended during this closure.

All Library Cards have been Renewed Through April 15
Any patron (including out-of-county) whose card has or will expire during the closure period will be renewed through April 15. This is to allow all patrons’ continual access to digital resources and library databases.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale Postponed
As an additional precaution, the Friends of the Library spring book sale has been postponed until August. Once a new date is set we will notify all patrons.

Digital Check-outs on Hoopla Have Been Increased through April
Starting today through the end of April, all patron download limits have been increased from 4 per month to 6 per month on the Hoopla platform.

24 Hour Access To All Digital Resources
During this challenging time, we encourage you to use our extensive digital collection of books, magazines, streaming movies, and music services. We also offer several educational, news sources, career, and skills-based databases for learners of all ages.

Stay Informed with Library Updates
We are constantly monitoring the spread of COVID-19. For all library news and updates please continue to visit christiancountylibrary.org and our social media platforms. If you have questions reach out to us through Ask a Librarian or on social media.

What You Can Do
Douglas Adams said it best in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic! Continue to follow guidelines outlined by public health officials such as: Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Wash your hands regularly – fronts, backs, wrists, between fingers – with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. Cough into a tissue or into the bend of your arm. And most importantly, stay home if possible.

How to Stay Informed
Fear has spread alongside the COVID-19 outbreak. While we should all have concern, staying informed will aid in making the best decisions for yourself, family, and community. We encourage you to consult reputable public health resources online including:
Christian County Health Department
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Living
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

Thank You For Your Patience and Stay Healthy
We realize the impact these changes have on our customers and staff and will continue to update you as quickly and accurately as possible. We all have a role to play in protecting our communities and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We greatly appreciate the support of our staff and community during this difficult time.

 

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UPDATED March 17, 2020

Message from the Executive Director: 

On the recommendations of the Christian County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Gov. Mike Parson regarding gathering sizes and efforts to “flatten the curve,” all Christian County Library branches and community partner pick-up locations will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, April 6, 2020.

The unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis is changing everyone’s daily lives. We know that the library meets the varied needs of every patron in the county, so this decision has been a difficult one to make. Based on information from our public health officials and backed by the library’s Board of Trustees, the well-being and safety of our patrons and staff are best served by recognizing a period of social distancing that can only be met by closing facilities.

During this time, all due dates have been extended through Sunday, April 12. All pending holds will be frozen so you will keep your place in line when we re-open. Currently, we are asking all patrons to hold onto materials until we re-open as all book drops will be closed.  Additionally, overdue fines are temporarily suspended during this closure.

At this time all library programming, study and meeting room reservations are canceled through Sunday, April 12, 2020. While the physical libraries are closed, we encourage the use of the several digital resources such as eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, downloadable audiobooks, streaming music and movies online – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We all have a role to play in protecting our communities and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and appreciate the support of our staff and community during this difficult time. Please continue to visit christiancountylibrary.org for the latest updates.

Geri O. Godber
Executive Director
Christian County Library

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March 12, 2020

The Christian County Library is constantly monitoring the current status of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the area and has plans for the health and safety of our staff and community.

What We Are Doing:
• All materials received in the book drop will be wiped down with a disinfecting solution.
• Staff will be disinfecting all hand-contact surfaces in the library including computer terminals, doorknobs, and counters throughout the day.
• Our cleaning service will continue its nightly deep cleaning and disinfecting of all high-traffic areas.
• We have retrained our entire staff in thorough and frequent hand-washing – fronts, backs, wrists, between fingers – with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.
• Employees have been encouraged to stay home from work if they experience fever or any flu-like symptoms.
• Future responses or preventative measures are coordinated with the Christian County Health Department.

Library Services and Cancellations:
• Currently, all library branch locations will remain open to allow community members to utilize services and resources to stay informed.
• Library programming will continue as planned.
• If there are cancellations to programs, services, or branch hours we will post those changes on our events calendar, our website, and social media accounts.

What You Can Do:
• Stay informed.
• Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
• Wash your hands regularly – fronts, backs, wrists, between fingers – with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.
Wash your hands after using public computers and borrowing materials.
• Cough into a tissue or into the bend of your arm.
• If you are using our meeting room space, make sure that all those who attend are well.
• Spread the word, and remind friends and family that the library is a trusted source for accurate information.
• And most importantly, if you have a fever and are sick, stay home.

How to Stay Informed and Healthy:
Fear has spread alongside the Coronavirus outbreak. While we should all have concern, staying informed will aid in making the best decisions for yourself, family, and community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Community members can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop the stigma.”

Here are informative and helpful sites to stay informed:

Christian County Health Department  To stay up-to-date on current news of cases in Christian County.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Living  For information about the state’s efforts and resources. A 24-hour hotline, 877-435-8411, is now open and available to speak with a representative.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  A trusted source for updates, preventative information, videos, and educational material. There is also an option to sign up to receive email updates from the CDC.

World Health Organization  Find information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease including travel advice and updated Situation Reports.

National Library of Medicine  Public health emergency literature and information.

Medline Plus Easy-to-read materials and prevention tips.

Informative Coronavirus Comic  Need help explaining the coronavirus to your kids? NPR has created a comic just for kids to help break down the information. Printing and folding instructions are included.

PBS for Kids  A comprehensive list of conversation topics and videos to use when discussing the coronavirus with your family.