Warsaw Public Library COVID-19 Updates
A message from the Officers of the Friends of the Warsaw Public Library regarding the annual book sale scheduled 7/16-7/18/2020.
Hi All – The Officers of the Friends of the Warsaw Public Library would like you to know that unfortunately there will NOT be a Book Sale this year as we exercise caution during the unfolding of the current Pandemic. We are hoping to have a BBQ in the Fall and will determine if that can be done safely as the summer goes on. Please hang on to any books you have been setting aside, so that we can have an awesome offering to our customers in 2021!! Stay safe – healthy and happy – until we can meet again….
Julie Gruendike Secretary
The Warsaw Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th has been cancelled due to the current health crisis.
All due dates have been extended through 6/30.
The book drop is closed. You may not return books to the library during this time. All due dates have been extended through 4/20, and if any fines accrue, they will be forgiven. Do not leave books outside the book drop, on the ground, or near the door.
After much deliberation, the board of trustees has made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Warsaw Public Library building to the public effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. While we recognize that libraries provide many vital services to the public, we also know that we are a gathering place and that runs counter to the concept of social distancing which is so important in the fight against the coronavirus and COVID-19. Even though we currently do not have any recognized positive cases locally, we will do our part to prevent transmission and protect our community.
During the closure:
• You can access OWWL2Go for e-books and e-audio books. You will need your library card number and your pin/password, which is the last 4 digits of the phone number we have on file in your record. If this does not work, and you need to reset your pin/password, you can send a password reset request here, https://evergreen.owwl.org/eg/opac/password_reset?fbclid=IwAR01ivCJVezw6nvlqBtsFTBnZ4YTCMLj2Q9dEu_j8utNGRKG3U4kmQs0dfw
• You will not be able to place new items on hold.
• Due dates and accrual of late fines of items already checked out will be postponed until after we re-open, whenever that may be.
• You will not be able to access any meeting rooms or spaces in the building.
Lisa Gricius, Director
Warsaw Public Library COVID-19 Update 3/16/2020
The library will be open from 10:00 am-8:00 pm Monday, March 16th. The Board of Trustees will meet Monday evening at 5:45 pm to assess the latest information and decide the best course of action for our patrons, staff and community. No overdue fines will be accrued during this time. Our public Wi-Fi (OWWL) is available for patrons at any time to access from their vehicle when parked close to the building. We recommend stocking up on library materials today. If you are not comfortable coming in, please call the library at 786-5650. We can bring your holds to the curb for you, or gather items in the library for you to have ready for pick up or curbside delivery. If you need to access a public computer, we will separate the distance between stations, and we have disinfectant wipes available for wiping down after use. We are discouraging congregating at the library, and asking patrons to limit their visit time in an effort to promote social distancing recommendations for everyone’s health and safety during this difficult time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
Warsaw Public Library COVID-19 Update 3/15/2020
We have decided to suspend all library programs through at least the end of March, when we will re-evaluate. This includes weekly storytimes, outreach, group meeting use and our author event with George Rollie Adams on March 31st.
As it stands right now, we will remain open for regular business and will continue to provide library services, with the exception of delivery between libraries, including holds.
We will also forgive any fines accrued during this period, and renew materials. The computer system may not automatically do this in all cases, but rest assured, we will help you and update your record so you are not penalized during this event.
We will monitor this fluid situation and update you as necessary.
Warsaw Public Library COVID-19 Update 3/14/2020
Starting Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Pioneer Library System (PLS) will suspend the option of placing holds in OWWL. This means neither library staff nor patrons will be able to order library materials from another member library to be delivered to Warsaw Public Library or any of the libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, or Livingston County.
Additionally, PLS will suspend delivery services which will result in no movement of library materials between member libraries until further notice.
PLS will reevaluate this stoppage of service on Friday, April 3, 2020, with guidance from local and state government agencies.
This plan of action was made with the health and safety of our system staff, member libraries staff, and library communities as a top priority. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we respond to rapidly growing COVID-19 concerns.
At the current time, the Warsaw Public Library is not closed. Our operating hours will continue as scheduled. We will keep the community as updated as possible as we receive further information.