We Are Preparing for Your Health and Safety

Christian County Library Staff Adults, Kids, News, Teens

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.