While we were hoping to start appointments this week for faxes, copies, notary, etc., life sometimes gets complicated. For example, our sneeze guards arrived just yesterday and still need to be installed. Thank you for being patient with us while we make sure all safeguards are in place to protect the health of our staff and the community. In the meantime, enjoy porch pick up. If you don’t know exactly what you want, give us a call. We love picking books and movies for people!
Today, the Governor reduced the number of corona-virus related restrictions in our state. We have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to prepare a plan to provide services while respecting guidelines for social distancing and cleaning. We will have staff back in the building on Monday, May 4 getting ready to implement those plans. Our drop boxes will open on Monday, May 4 for returns.
We plan to offer porch pick up of library books, movies, audiobooks, and CDs beginning Monday, May 11, Monday thru Saturday from 9-6:30pm. You can request materials for pick up through the regular reservation system in our online catalog. You can also request items by calling us at 574-654-3046 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, you can give us an idea of what you like and our staff will make selections for you. When you arrive at the library, look for our signs and call or text us to let us know you’ve arrived.
Beginning Monday, May 11, we will also be taking appointments for half hour time slots for computer use. A limited number of computers will be available in order to maintain social distancing. We will also provide printing, fax, and notary service by appointment only.
All due dates were extended to May 15.
We do ask that if you, or a member of your household, have been diagnosed with coronavirus, that you keep your library materials until you are no longer contagious. We are an overdue fine free library, so no fines will be charged.
Last fall, the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library, bid out for the interior and exterior renovations. As a public project, the work on the interior has been able to continue in spite of the coronavirus restrictions. In fact, work slated for the circulation and office areas that would have been disruptive to patrons will be completed before the library reopens the building. Critical repairs to the roof are also making good progress.
Other exterior improvements are slated to begin on May 1. Drainage issues in the front lawn will be addressed. A circular drop off lane will be added to the front of the building. Behind the building on the adult side will be a reading garden and additional handicapped parking close to a new entrance. On the children’s side of the building will be an outdoor classroom that includes a stage and an art area. Native plants and grasses will be used in all new landscaping.
Renovations done at the library are being paid for with a combination of savings and a bond that is significantly smaller than the current library bond, decreasing the library portion of property taxes beginning in 2021.
Even though our library building is closed, we are still working virtually and remotely to meet community needs and provide resources. We’ve created the ability to get an instant digital library card for ebooks using the Libby App, we’ve organized a digital book club meeting and Facebook storytimes, and are giving our newspapers to Miller’s Merry Manor.
We continue to clean and secure our buildings and take care of essential business. Essential business does include public construction projects, which is why you’ve seen work on the roof. We are also working with contractors to get the circulation and staff areas completed while we are closed, reducing the impact on you.
These are unprecedented times, but we are doing our part to prevent community spread and keep staff and patrons safe. I do not know when our building will open again. For now, we will follow our Governor’s directive to hunker down. I do want you to know that we are working on our plans for opening, which will likely happen in phases.
We miss you and look forward to the day we can reopen the building.