The Paige Memorial Library is Covid cautious, but open full hours, offering storytime outdoors and in. We still offer curbside service, but you may come in to browse wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer. We are concerned for children and those who have not yet been vaccinated. Not all toys are not available at this time. We care about our patrons and want everyone to be safe.
Phase 3: Expanded Service
If at this time it is deemed practical by both the Director and the Board of Trustees, the library will make a sincere attempt to expand normal services while maintaining established safety protocols. This will include limited computer usage, and perhaps a designated outdoor space where lawn chairs can be made available so that people can visit outdoors while keeping a reasonable distance. This space (used responsibly) can also be used for people who wish to access our wifi with their laptops. If our normal hours of operation are reduced during the previous above phases, every reasonable attempt will be made to bring our hours back to normal. (n=19). At the discretion of the Director, some limited programming may be able to resume if it can be done safely outdoors. Patrons will be allowed to use the library restroom if absolutely needed.
Phase 4: Near Full Resuming of Services
When it is officially deemed safe to reopen by MA Government officials, the MBLC, MLA, Board of Trustees, and the Hardwick Select Board, the library will proceed with caution to resume normal operations to the best of our abilities. This will take place only when the risk of infection is officially considered to be very low and there is full confidence that the health and safety needs and requirements of both staff and patrons can be adequately adhered to. There will also be the understanding that we may decide to scale back to previous phases if considered necessary.
This plan will be considered ‘fluid’ and if need be, will be updated as recommendations change. Patrons are expected to follow these established safety guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and other patrons. If patrons are unable to follow these guidelines, the Director will ask the patron to leave immediately. Repeated violations may result in the suspension of library privileges.
In the event of decreased staffing levels, a local outbreak, a sick staff member or library patrons, or otherwise directed by the local Board of Health, the Library may be forced to close for a period of time, reduce operating hours, and/or limit services. All closings will be communicated to the public as quickly as possible. These guidelines have been established in accordance with standards provided by both the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) as well as the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and have been finalized by the Paige Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the Town of Hardwick Select Board.
Submitted May 2020