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Coronavirus updates from the Somers Library
March 16
The health and safety of our public and staff are very important to us.
 
In an effort to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the Somers Public Library will be closed to the public from March 17th through March 30th. We will reopen March 31st. 
 
We know that our community relies on us for library service and we ask for your understanding as we work to respond to this rapidly changing situation.  
 
Please do not return Library items while we are closed. We will forgive all fines and collect items when we reopen.
 
Please know that many of our services are available 24/7 through our Digital Library.
 
  • To borrow books, watch movies, or stream music, visit our eBooks and Audiobook page to get access to OverDrive, hoopla, and Kanopy.
  • Our Learning Resources page will allow you to learn professional software, technology, and business classes with Lynda.com and other platforms.
  • If academics are at the top of your mind, Tutor.com provides free, on demand help from a real tutor. Take practice tests, watch videos, or drop off your problem or writing assignment for feedback. Just go to tutor.com/westchester; all you'll need to start is your library card!

March 12
Following yesterday's update regarding the precautions the library is taking to protect our patrons and staff, the library has implemented another safety measure:
 
Starting tomorrow, intralibrary and interlibrary loans will be suspended.
Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, libraries in the Westchester Library System will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future. 
 
As several of our communities are now compromised by COVID-19, and very little is known definitively about how long the virus lives on nonporous surfaces, we believe it is in the best interest of our staff, patrons and the public health of the County to take this step immediately. This means our patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and our library will no longer be sending our items to others. However, you may still return your items to any library in the Westchester Library System and use your card to check out items at any library. Holds placed during this suspension period will become active when the suspension is lifted. 
 
We realize how much our patrons value this service, and will implement it again as soon as is reasonable.

March 10
The Somers Library is committed to the health and well-being of both the public and the Library’s staff.  At present, there is no change in our hours, operations or procedures. However, we are taking some preparatory steps:
  • Throughout the Library, you will find hand sanitizers. Public service desks also have hand sanitizers and hand sanitizer wipes. And best of all, we have plenty of hot water and soap in the bathrooms.
  • When borrowing materials staff will be able to look you up by name or scan your library card. Staff will not handle the cards to minimize the potential of contacting the virus.  
  • Staff may use latex gloves when handling materials in the Library as a precaution.
  • Please return all materials through the book drop. Two are located to the left of the entrance and one inside the lobby near the checkout desk.
  • We are doubling down in our cleaning of high-touch areas, such as door handles and other surfaces.
  • Toys and games in the children's room have been put away for the time being.
  • We are investing even more in eBooks and digital audiobooks. This is a great time to explore our entire virtual collection, including streaming movies, TV, and music.
  • Have material that’s due but can’t make it to the Library? Just call us, we’ll work with you.
We urge our patrons to follow CDC guidelines, and to stay home if they are in a high risk population. If you do not feel comfortable coming to the Library during this time, or are currently ill, please call us and we will modify your items due dates and forgive your late fines. At present, we are not making any modifications to our programming calendar. Please check our website for any updated information.

Coronavirus [COVID-19] Facts

Coronavirus [COVID-19] Facts

The Coronavirus [COVID-19] is constantly being talked about in the media with some saying there is little to be concerned about here in the United States, while others are predicting a pandemic.

The Library has gathered a list of trusted sources to provide factual information on the virus and steps to protect yourself.

Bookmark these sites and return to them regularly for information you can trust:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Local information from the Weschester County Department of Health.

Information from the New York State Department of Heath.

World Health Organization‘s continuous updates with helpful information for individuals and the workplace.

Information from the National Library of Medicine. Go to “Statistics and Research” for numbers on cases in the US. Their information is updated three times a week.