Little Dixie Regional Libraries to Reopen in Phases

Little Dixie Regional Libraries to Reopen in Phases

Due to extended social distancing measures being recommended by federal, state, and local agencies, Little Dixie Regional Libraries, serving Randolph and Monroe Counties, will be extending its physical closure at this time. LDRL will be implementing a phased reopening plan beginning on Monday, May 4th. Facilities in Huntsville, Madison, Paris, and Moberly will continue to extend their physical closures while sanitizing facilities, training on safety procedures, and preparing for reopening.

During the week of May 4th and under phase one, library staff will be preparing for curbside service, sanitizing and preparing the library for social distancing visits, and getting core operations running smoothly again. If patrons have library materials, please use this time to return those items to the book drop so that they can be quarantined and returned to the collection. Check-in will not happen until a quarantine period is observed.

Under the beginnings of phase two, curbside pickup will begin at the Moberly Library on Tuesday, May 12th. Hours of curbside pick up will be 12-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Moberly Library. Curbside pickup will begin on Wednesday, May 13th at branches in Huntsville, Madison, and Paris. Pickup at the branches will occur weekly from 10-5 each Wednesday until reopening.

Patrons wishing to take advantage of the curbside delivery of materials can contact their libraries by phone or place items on hold at www.ldrl.org/opac.  Patrons may request up to 25 items per card. Once the requests are received, staff will deliver the items to patrons sitting in their vehicles during the designated times.  This will be contactless delivery. Items are encouraged to be returned in the book drops at all branches.

Director Rachael Grime is excited to begin getting materials out into the public. “Curbside delivery and expanded home deliveries will allow people to get library materials once again. Expanding services during this time can be difficult but we know our patrons are understanding and excited to read the next great book!”

For those patrons over age of 65 or with medical conditions, the library is expanding contactless home delivery. For patrons living within the city limits of Moberly, Paris, Huntsville, or Madison would like home delivery, please contact Abi in Outreach at 660-263-4426. For patrons living within Randolph or Monroe Counties who would like homebound delivery, a mailbound program may be available.

Phase three of the opening plan is to open the library doors for limited services. Meeting rooms will be unavailable to patrons at all branches until August 2020. There will be no in-person programming until at least August 2020, but there will be multiple take home and virtual options with more information forthcoming. No background checks or proctored exams will be taking place until August 2020.

Director Grime states that this phase will come in the next few weeks, however safety equipment and sanitizing materials must be in place before this happens. “We love that so many people want to use the library. It’s for that very reason that we want to make sure we are able to be safe for both patrons and staff. We appreciate everyone being patient with us as we try to locate sanitizing materials at reasonable prices and return to normal library life, which may not happen for several months”

Phase four of the library’s reopening plan is to return to normal pre-Covid 19 conditions. This plan is fluid and adjustable as we move forward.

This decision was difficult as the library cares deeply about serving our community.  The unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis is changing daily life for most of us and the evidence continues to point to the fact that lessening contact helps slow the spread of the virus. Safety and concern for patrons and library staff remain the utmost consideration as the Library moves to safely return services back to normal.

Check out upcoming virtual events hosted by the library’s Facebook page. Electronic books, music, and videos can be accessed at www.ldrl.org.

Author: kgarnett