Library News and Updates

Update on Library Services – May 20th, 2020

We’ve been providing little updates and hints of things to come, but with so many changes happening now, it’s time for a full update.

The dropbox is open! You can return your materials at any time, but please do not feel like you need to rush! Due dates are still extended, and fines will still be waived. And we completely understand that you may need some extra time to remember where you hid the copy of (insert your child’s favourite movie here) that you have now watched 367 times (sorry about that!).

A 6-phase plan for re-opening the library has been developed to work in tandem with the Ontario Government’s phased re-opening plan. The health and safety of our community members and staff has been prioritized at every step. Library staff are currently in the building ensuring all protocols are in place to prepare for futures phases and answer your phone calls. Phase 3 – with Contact-free Library Porch Pick-up service – will be coming very soon, and we will be so happy to see your faces through the front door! Watch our website and social media for an upcoming detailed announcement!

The library building is still closed to the public, and all programming and use of the meeting space is on hold. We are not accepting donations of books and other materials at this time.

Our summer program will be virtual this year, but we still have big plans! The TD Summer Reading Club is ramping up their online programming, and we will have our own unique virtual programs to go along with it.

Your library experience will be quite different for a while, but we are happy to be working towards being able to safely serve you in person again! In the meantime, remember that our virtual services are always available. We even added an online chat feature to our website to serve you better!

Take care of yourselves, and each other,
Tammie

COVID-19 – Update on Library Services
April 7th, 2020

Dear Patrons,

In order to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the library is closed to the public and staff until further notice. We will determine a date to re-open once the Provincial Government deems it safe to do so.

We know you are missing your library. We miss you too! We hope to see you very soon!

In the meantime, we are working to update our website to make the information you need easy to find, finding ways to communicate with all of our members, and helping to keep everyone entertained and informed on our social media.

Please reach out to us if you need assistance, or just need to connect with someone.

Tammie:
ceo@madocpubliclibrary.ca

Leigh Anne:
frontdesk@madocpubliclibrary.ca

Victoria:
info@madocpubliclibrary.ca

You can now call the library at 613-473-4456 and leave a message. A staff member will call you back as soon as possible.

Take care, stay home, and stay safe,
Tammie, Leigh Anne and Victoria

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COVID-19 – Update on Library Services – March 24th

Dear Patrons,

In order to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the library is closed to the public and staff until at least April 7th, 2020.

Please disregard any notifications of overdues you may have received. No overdue fines will be issued at this time. The dropbox will be closed off. Please keep any library materials at home until further notice. Privileges have been restored to blocked patrons so they can access online resources, ebooks and audiobooks.

Library Staff members are working from home to stay connected with you.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, activities and more:
https://www.facebook.com/madoclibrary/htt
https://www.instagram.com/madoc_public_library/?hl=en

Download ebooks and audiobooks or check out one of our many online resources on our website:
http://madocpubliclibrary.ca/index.php/online-resources/

Email Library Staff with any concerns or questions, or if you just need to talk. We are here for you.

Tammie:
ceo@madocpubliclibrary.ca

Leigh Anne:
frontdesk@madocpubliclibrary.ca

Victoria:
info@madocpubliclibrary.ca

We wish everyone the best during this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing everyone when we re-open.

Take care of yourselves, and each other,
Madoc Public Library Staff

COVID-19 – Update on Library Services – March 15th

LIBRARY CLOSURE

After careful consideration of the latest developments, we are closing Madoc Public Library to the public, effective immediately.
We know the library is important to our patrons, and we apologize for any inconvenience may cause, however, the health and safety of our community must remain our primary concern.

We plan to re-open Tuesday, April 7th at 3:30 pm, but we will be monitoring this ever-changing situation closely and are prepared to act accordingly in the best interest of public health. Any updates will be posted on our Facebook page and website.

Materials can be returned to our drop box. Fines will be waived during the closure.

If you are unable to visit our branches in person, please note that our digital services are always available! Download ebooks or audiobooks or use our online resources from the comfort of home with your library card. For help using any of these services, you can find our contact information here: http://madocpubliclibrary.ca/index.php/staff-directory/

Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the continued health of our community.

Sincerely,
Tammie Adams
CEO

COVID-19 – Update on Library Services – March 13th, 2020

Centre Hastings Public Library is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and working closely with the Municipality of Centre Hastings to help ensure the health and safety of our community members.

At present, the library remains open as scheduled, but we will be continually assessing the situation as events rapidly evolve. Any changes to library service will be posted on our website and Facebook page. While the level of risk for residents of Hastings County remains low, we are currently taking the following proactive measures to help reduce the risk of exposure to vulnerable individuals.   

Library facilities:
We have enhanced our cleaning and sanitizing measures by increasing the scope of disinfection of heavily touched surfaces including door handles, railings, and computer equipment.  Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk, and a new dispenser is being installed in the lobby.  Information about COVID-19 and good hygiene habits are posted on the library bulletin board.

Library Programs:
All programs have been cancelled for at least three (3) weeks.  This includes all March Break programming, ongoing clubs, and special events.  We will be following Municipal protocol, and also using back-to-school dates as a guideline for reinstating programs. Please visit our website or Facebook page to check the status of library programs.

What You Can Do:
Please don’t come to the library if you’re not feeling well. We will gladly extend checkouts and waive late fees for anyone who doesn’t feel like being out and about.  If you get sick while you have borrowed items at home, please wait one (1) week after symptoms subside before returning them.

If you are unable to visit our branches in person, please note that our digital services are always available! Download ebooks or audiobooks or use our online resources from the comfort of home with your library card. For help using any of these services, you can find our contact information here: http://madocpubliclibrary.ca/index.php/staff-directory/

For more information on how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus, please read this Government of Ontario Information Sheet.

Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the continued health of our community.  

Sincerely,
Tammie Adams
CEO

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