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Library Updates

6/26/2020 - Reopening Doors on Sunday, June 28

Dear Patrons,

We hope that you and your family are taking care during this challenging time, as we work together to balance public safety and the reopening of our economy in Ohio. This Sunday, June 28, we will end an unprecedented closure of our building which began over three months ago, on March 14.

On behalf of the Library’s staff and Board of Trustees, I write today to welcome you back to browse, collect your holds and utilize our public computers for limited purposes. Before returning, we ask that you take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Reopening Guidelines and Limitations. Beginning this Sunday, June 28, we will return to our regular operating hours under these restrictions.

While we are grateful to reopen our doors to you, we do so with cautious optimism. When visiting, you will find changes to our service desks, relocation of our self-checkout machines and public computers, along with other reconfigurations and precautions, all enacted to make room for social distancing, thereby improving both safety and your browsing experience.

Our reopening guidelines were developed in consultation and with the approval of the Medina County Health Department. Of course, this reopening of our doors is provisional, as are any future changes to our operations which may be advised or ordered by health authorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and will work with the Medina County Health Department to ensure the broadest possible offering of service that can be safely delivered to our public within changing financial constraints.

We are also committed to maintaining options for patrons who are considered high risk or otherwise do not feel comfortable returning to our building at this time. We are requesting that the first hour of each day be reserved for those considered to be high risk. Drive-up service will continue, and we recently introduced a home delivery service for all residents living within the boundaries of the Wadsworth City School District. You may begin placing items on hold for any manner of pick up or delivery by calling 330.334.5761 or by visiting our online catalog today.

However you choose to borrow materials from Wadsworth Public Library, we ask you to use caution, and help us to keep our community safe.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support in these uncertain times. We look forward to seeing you in the Library soon.

Sincerely,

Daniel Slife
Director

5/1/2020 - Curside Circulation to Begin May 12

Dear Patrons,

On Tuesday, May 12, Wadsworth Public Library will begin a phased reopening with curbside service. Our initial hours for curbside service will be: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm; closed on Sunday. You may begin placing items on hold now by logging into your account at wadsworthlibrary.com, by calling 330.334.5761 or by emailing reference@wadsworthlibrary.com. Our phone lines are currently open from 9 am until 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. Beginning May 12, phone lines will match curbside service hours.

During this first, curbside phase of our reopening, the building will not be accessible to the public. Our staff will prepare your requests for books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, audiobooks and other circulating materials for efficient curbside pick-up in the Library’s west parking lot. You may also begin returning your items using our drive-up book return on May 12, during operating hours only.

This partial reopening of library service involves extensive safety measures to ensure the health of the public and library staff. All employees will wear personal protective equipment as required by State Orders, will practice social distancing at all times, and will engage in frequent disinfecting of equipment and high contact surfaces used by staff along with other measures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Recently returned circulating materials will be quarantined prior to recirculation among the general public.

We appreciate the hard work of the Medina County Health Department during this unprecedented situation and thank Commissioner Wasowski for consulting on this first phase of our reopening.

While curbside circulation is set to begin on May 12, we are already preparing for the next phase of our reopening. We are eager to open the doors for public browsing and will just as soon as we are permitted to safely do so.

On behalf of the Library’s Board, staff and administration, we thank you for your patience and continued support.

Wishing you and your family good health, peace and resolve,
Daniel Slife
Director

4/28/2020 - Date of Reopening Forthcoming

Dear Patrons,

Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced a reopening date of May 12 for retail and other commercial establishments. We understand public libraries to fall within this category and are awaiting guidelines from the Ohio Library Council, which we will use to inform our own phased reopening of library service.

Because the Governor has conveyed that reopening of said establishments will require strict adherence to precautionary measures, our initial reopening will be limited. Our team is finalizing plans for fast and efficient service that will keep our public and staff safe while restoring public access to circulating materials.

By the close of this week, we will announce how access to circulating materials will be restored and our first date of limited reopening.

We thank you for your patience and continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.

Wishing you good health, peace and resolve,

Daniel Slife

4/4/2020 - Building Closure Extended through May 1, 2020

Dear Patrons,

In response to the Governor's recent extension of the statewide Stay at Home order, Wadsworth Public Library's building will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

Please continue to hold on to any previously checked out materials. Our book drops are closed and due dates have been extended. No fines will be assessed during this period.

While our building is closed and circulation has been paused in the interest of public safety, we have expanded and enhanced our digital offerings of e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media and much more. Our staff have also developed resources for parents of school-aged children and students of all ages to support the important work of our local schools and institutions of higher education.

In addition, our team has produced a growing library of video story times, programs and tutorials that can be accessed directly from our homepage, www.wadsworthlibrary.com.

Lastly, this week we launched Wadsworth Knows How, an initiative of the Wadsworth Public Library in partnership with the City of Wadsworth, the Wadsworth City School District and the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Wadsworth Knows How focuses on connecting community volunteers with those in need, as we work together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. Learn more today and let us know if you can lend a hand or a voice as we prepare to come together again when the Governor's orders are lifted.

As witnessed when the opioid epidemic first struck our region, Wadsworth is a community that comes together to solve pressing problems. Through Wadsworth Knows How, we are building new capacities to support the Wadsworth community through this pandemic and whatever challenges that may follow.

Wishing you and your family good health, peace and resolve,

Daniel Slife
Director

3/31/2020 - Wadsworth Knows How

Dear Patrons,

Wadsworth Public Library is launching a new initiative, Wadsworth Knows How, in partnership with the City of Wadsworth, Wadsworth City School District, and the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

The objective of Wadsworth Knows How is to build community resourcefulness, resilience, and hope in this time of great need. Through Wadsworth Knows How, the Library will be working with our partners and the community at-large to build networks of support and mutual aid that will help us to hit the ground running when the Governor's orders are lifted and we are permitted to safely work shoulder to shoulder again.

We recognize that vital work in this area has long been the purview of many non-profit, governmental, and faith-based organizations serving our community and region. Through Wadsworth Knows How, we are seeking to support these efforts while adapting the capabilities of the Wadsworth Public Library in anticipation of new levels of need in our community.

When the opioid crisis struck Ohio, we witnessed Wadsworth rise to the occasion as a standard-bearer for community response as well as a sense of community-wide responsibility for addressing a troubling problem. We are confident that the Wadsworth community will again rise to the occasion of whatever challenges that may lay ahead.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this initiative and let us know how you can help. Visit www.wadsworthlibrary.com/wkh. There, you can submit your name to join a project. Alternatively, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly. Please feel free to call me at 216.227.8394.

We look forward to joining with you and rolling up our sleeves together to support our community in this time of great need.

Wishing you, your friends and loved ones peace and resolve,

Daniel Slife
Director
Wadsworth Public Library

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