WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–On Monday, Nov. 2, the board of the West Liberty Public Library voted in favor of keeping the building closed due to the rise in cases of COVID-19 in Muscatine County and surrounding communities. The Board also modified the library’s current Pandemic Plan, which will they made available to the public online via social media and the library’s website. In short, the plan lays out steps towards re-opening the library when deemed safe and appropriate by the library board and its director.
Currently, the library remains at Phase Two, which allows them to provide patrons with online and pickup services, but keeps the main library closed to the public. Library staff encourage patrons to take advantage of the pickup program by browsing the catalog, calling the library at 319-627-2084, collecting their bag of materials in the entryway the following day. Anyone may bring a Wi-Fi enabled device to the entryway to access printing and faxing services as well.
The board will continue to meet and discuss their Pandemic Plan. Once they move to Phase Three, they will allow patrons to browse the library in small groups. Staff has started working on making the library browsable for when they move to Phase Three.
Online programming for adults and children. Youth Service Librarian Lily, with help from Brittany Woodson and Rebecca Lara, will lead several online programs for children. This includes weekly story times for infants and toddlers every Thursday at 11 a. m., as well as Five Minute Friday crafts. Patrons may access both on Facebook and the library’s Youtube page. The library will have Family Activity Kits for families and children of all ages available as well.
Booked On Crime will meet on Nov. 12 via Zoom. The book club meets every month to discuss books of crime, passion, and mystery. In celebration of its 100th-anniversary, this month, they will read “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie. Book club attendees may check out the book through library pickup. Both book clubs, the Page Turners and Booked on Crime will return in December.
The library board and staff thank everyone for their continued patience and hope the library serves as positive model during this pandemic. They continue to work hard towards the day they can see patrons back in the library again.