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State of Ohio Coronavirus/COVID-19 web page: coronavirus.ohio.gov

CDC web page: coronavirus.gov

 

3/27/2020 - Bookin’ 5k and 1-Mile Postponed

Dear Patrons,

The Wadsworth Public Library Foundation has made the difficult decision to postpone the 10th Annual Dave Hopkins Memorial Bookin' 5k and 1-Mile, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, in the interest of public health.

Those who have already registered will be refunded. Please stay tuned for a new date.

 

3/24/2020 - Important Information: Item Returns and Renewals

Dear Patrons,

With the Library’s closure, we have received a lot of questions regarding items that had already been checked out, and we’d like to clear up some of the confusion for you.

There is no need to return any items at this time. Our book drops are now closed, and due dates for all WPL materials have been extended. No fines will be assessed while the Library is closed. Please hold on to your items for now and continue to enjoy them. We will update you when we are able to accept returns again.

However, please be aware that items borrowed through SearchOhio and OhioLINK are not renewed automatically at this time. You will need to renew them manually through your account, or you can call us at 330.334.5761 or email reference@wadsworthlibrary.com, and we will renew them for you. Please have your library card number available. You will not be assessed fines on these items, either.

If you have any other questions, our reference staff are here to help you from 9am–5pm, Monday through Saturday. Meanwhile, we encourage you to explore all of the digital options available at www.wadsworthlibrary.com and stay in touch with us via social media.


3/19/2020 - Phone and Email Reference Open and Other Updates

Dear Patrons,

Library staff have been hard at work over the last week to establish remote reference capabilities. We are now up and running with both phone and email reference service from 9 am until 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 330.334.5761 or email reference@wadsworthlibrary.com today for assistance with your account, digital or web-based reading selections, or other reference questions. 

Due to carrier issues with call volume, your call may not come through. If that happens, please be patient and try again shortly.

We continue to monitor the situation and will re-introduce other elements of library service as soon as we can safely do so with assurance from the National Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health and the Medina County Health Department.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We miss serving you and look forward to getting library materials back out into the community as soon as safely possible.

Sincerely,
Daniel


3/14/2020 - Wadsworth Public Library is Closed through April 5th, 2020

**NOTE: Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton Cancels Primary Election**

Dear Patrons,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that Wadsworth Public Library will be closing until April 5, 2020, effective the close of business Saturday, March 14, as a measure of caution in the interest of public safety. This decision was made for the health and safety of our community in response to the Ohio Department of Health's recommendations.

Please understand that we do not make this decision lightly. Throughout the duration of this crisis, we have aimed to remain open as long as possible. However, the combined factors of rapidly escalating confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the closing of other public libraries in our immediate region work together to increase the risks associated with maintaining operations. As people travel from other communities to Wadsworth Public Library, the likelihood of community transmission increases for our public. 

As a result, we are taking the following actions:

  • Loan periods for all items will be extended until April 10. Please continue to enjoy your materials.
  • All late fees will be forgiven.

During our closure, we will increase expenditures on digital resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming video and music. Beginning next week, we will increase the monthly allotment of downloads from Hoopla and Kanopy, the Library's streaming media platforms. Please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more information.

We thank you for your understanding and support during this unprecedented time, and we wish you and your family good health as we work together as a community to weather this storm.

Sincerely,

Daniel Slife, Director
Wadsworth Public Library
132 Broad Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281
330.335.1299