COVID-19

 

The Ida Grove Public Library closed on March 17, 2020, out of consideration for the health of our community. We are currently assessing the situation and utilizing our phased reopening plan to continue to provide library services to our community. If you have materials due, they can be returned to the library drop box for sanitization and quarantine when you are finished with them. If you would like to renew items, please call the library at 712-364-2306. 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.

Please see "Reopening" under the "About" tab for more detailed reopening plans. 

 

Update August 17, 2020

The library will be moving to phase 3 of our reopening plan on August 17, 2020. The library will resume providing library services six days per week, with the following modifications:

1. Library open hours will be temporarily modified to open one (1) hour later and close one (1) hour earlier than our normal hours of operation. This is to allow staff time to clean and sanitize surfaces as well as clean, sanitize and quarantine returned library materials. 

2. The Children's Library, Heritage Room, and restrooms remain closed.

3. The main library collection will be opened for browsing; we ask that patrons sanitize hands and use library provided gloves when browsing the collection. The Main Library collection consists of adult fiction, non-fiction, large print, westerns, young adult, DVDs, audiobooks, and reference collections. 

4. Items from the Children's Library may be requested and staff will pull all items from the Children's section. Children's materials may be requested by phone, email, in person or online through the library's catalog. For assistance with setting up an online account in the library catalog, please contact the library. 

5. Two computers will be available for public use with a 30 minute time limit. 

6. No contact pick up will remain available during all library hours, please call or email to schedule no contact pick up. 

Library staff will continue to maintain an enhanced cleaning schedule as implemented in phase 2 for all high touch surfaces and all library returns will be cleaned and quarantined before being placed back into circulation. Quarantined materials will not accrue any overdue or late charges during this time. We do ask that items checked out be returned in a timely manner to allow proper time for quarantine prior to being made available to other patrons. 

Should you happen to have any questions on the above modifications or about library services in general, please feel free to call the library at 364-2306. As always, thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we all work to provide services in the most appropriate way during this time. 

 

Update June 15, 2020

On June 15, 2020 the Ida Grove Library will reopen to the public on a limited basis following our phased reopening plan. Library open hours will be 1pm-4pm Monday through Friday. Capacity for the library will be 6 persons at one time. We are asking patrons who wish to use library services to limit their time in the building to 30 minutes per day to allow others use of the facility. In addition, the Children's Library, Heritage Room, and restrooms remain closed to the public. No contact pick up will remain available before and after modified library hours, to schedule pick-up, please call 346-2306. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding of these temporary modifications to library services. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the library.

 

Library Questions:

Are there any library resources I can use during phased reopening?
Yes! The library is currently open limited hours and walk in service is provided. We also offer a wide array of digital services, 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 September 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 are available through walk in service and no contact pick up. 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, we ask that all returns be placed in the book return for sanitization and quarantine. We encourage you to look through your collection at home to ensure all library materials are returned so late fees do not accrue. 
 
 

Coronavirus Questions:

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:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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
    • Diabetes
    • 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:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Iowa Department of Public Health

*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.