What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Carnegie Public Library welcomes all readers, teachers, and information seekers! Our current hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The library has designated Wednesday hours for at-risk and senior community members.

Curbside service continues, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., until the library returns to full hours. We ask that patrons observe social distancing, and that children under 13 years of age are accompanied by a parent or guardian during this time. Also, the library encourages patrons to wear masks as a courtesy to others. Our staff are masked, and sanitize high touch surfaces hourly, public use computers after each use, and monitor the number of patrons in the building.

This temporary reduction in hours enables us to more effectively and efficiently complete these necessary routines and also maintain quarantine protocol for circulated library items. The recent REALM study found that COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days. Since reopening, the library has quarantined each returned item for at least 72 hours before checking the item in, and returning it to circulation. Print items used inside the library, like newspapers, microfilm, and local history materials are unable to be reasonably quarantined, and can be used by patrons at their own discretion. Public use computers and copiers are sanitized after each use. Other items, such as children’s toys and play items, have been temporarily removed from public areas.

At this time, public meeting room use and in-person library programming have not yet resumed. However, the library continues many virtual and live programs through Facebook and YouTube. Our staff are enthusiastically offering storytime, nature programs with Fayette Soil & Water, crafting, geography, Tech Tutoring, and more. Visit www.cplwcho.org for the library calendar of summer programs events, or stop by the library to browse or sign-up for the Summer Reading Program!

Take advantage of Curbside Service! Pick-up of library materials takes place Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Requests for library materials can be placed through our online catalog at www.cplwcho.org, through the SEO Libraries app, or by calling the library at 740-335-2540. Users requesting items online or through the app will need their library card number and PIN. Please contact the library if you require assistance. Statewide delivery service has resumed! Items you requested prior to March have begun to arrive and new requests will be filled in the upcoming weeks. When your materials are available for pick-up, library staff will notify you. Jeffersonville patrons can use their cards to request items for pickup in WCH. Would you like to pick-up, but are not sure what you want to read or watch? Call the library and staff members will help create a “bundle” of books and other items just for you! Or, submit a request through the library’s “Dear Carol” reader’s advisory form at www.cplwcho.org/dearcarol.

The library’s Guiding Ohio Online Tech Tutor is available during library hours listed above, or by appointment. Message us on Facebook, the library’s website, or email kcottrill@seolibraries.org, and she will get back with you as soon as possible.

Our online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Information about all of our resources can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director