The Ida Grove Public Library will be closed effective March 17, 2020, out of consideration for the health of our community. If you have materials due, they can be returned to the library drop box for sanitization when you are finished or you can hold onto them until the library reopens. Due dates are being extended, even if you previously received an overdue reminder. All fines and due dates will be suspended. There is no need to contact us to renew items, they will be automatically renewed. Please know that you can access many of our resources online anytime at www.idagrove.lib.ia.us
Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our community, staff, and library patrons. Please check our social media and our website for more ways to use the library online and for future messages.
Are there any library resources I can use while the library is closed?
Yes! The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books and magazines through Overdrive, research databases, and access to a multitude of other online resources.
What if my items are due? Will I have late fees?
Due dates for all items currently checked out have been extended until April 1, 2020. There will be no fines charged during the time we are closed. We will re-assess at a later time to determine whether due dates need to be extended further.
How can I pick up my hold? Will my hold expire?
Holds will be available for pick up when we reopen. We will keep all holds in place and holds will not expire.
Can I return my items in the book drop?
Our book return is open during the library closure and all items returned will be quarantined and sterilized. We encourage you to keep items at home until the library re-opens.
Can I get a library card while you are closed?
Unfortunately, we cannot issue library cards online at this time. We hope to find a solution in the coming days to offer those residents who don't have a library card access to our online resources. We don't know what this will look like, or how it will work, but we are committed to making sure our community has access to information and resources and will do our best to come up with a solution soon. There are many free resources on our website that we encourage you to use during this time. If you are a current cardholder, please call the library Monday-Friday between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm to request your card number for use at home.
What is the Coronavirus?
*COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, is a respiratory infection that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure.
How does the infection spread?
The virus is thought to mainly spread from person to person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in some affected geographic areas.
In Iowa, as of Wednesday, March 18, thirty-eight people have tested positive for coronavirus.
The latest information about coronavirus in Iowa can always be found on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.
Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19?
Everyone is at risk, but certain parts of the population are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. This includes:
- Older adults
- People with serious chronic medical conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
What are the best ways to prevent contracting the disease?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC recommends that only people who show symptoms of COVID-19 wear facemasks in public. People who are well are not recommended to wear a facemask.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your healthcare professional will work with the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
To learn more about the coronavirus, visit these websites:
*Information about COVID-19 contained in this post has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.