UPDATE Monday, March 16, 2020:
Due to current guidance on novel coronavirus prevention from the Allegany and Cattaraugus County Health Departments, beginning Monday, March 16, the Cuba Library will be closed out of an abundance of caution for our customers and staff. Customers may still access our online resources and all materials currently checked out or placed on hold will be automatically extended. Please hold on to your items and do not return them until we reopen. If you have any questions, please leave a voicemail or send an email to email@example.com. Staff will be checking and responding to these as quickly as possible.
UPDATE Saturday, March 14, 2020:
At this time, Cuba Library is suspending all programming. No programs will be held for the time being. Programs will be rescheduled at a future date. Any reserved spots in programs will be held.
Thursday, March 12, 2020:
The outbreak of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), raises many concerns for Cuba Circulating Library. We see many people every day and feel responsible for their well-being. Simultaneously we are concerned about our health and the health of our coworkers.
The Cuba Library has more than 2,800 visitors each month. More than 1,900 items cross our desk on a monthly basis. That translates into a lot of personal interactions by many, many people, every day we are open.
Libraries are also “second responders,” acting as resiliency centers during weather emergencies and filling gaps in services and resources, all while serving as a trusted source for factual information.
All of these interactions put the public, and our staff, in close contact all day long. As such, the Cuba Library administration is keeping a close eye on recent developments regarding Coronavirus. We are exploring what we as an organization need to do so we can continue serving the public while keeping everyone healthy and safe. We will follow the guidance of our local and county leaders.
Below are some guidelines for staff and patrons, as well as some resources for further information.
What We’re Doing at the Library
+ At the end of each desk shift, staff members should wipe down hard surfaces.
+ Staff members are directed to wash their hands at the end of a shift or when going on break.
+ Facilities staff have been directed to wipe down all hard surfaces on a regular basis, including surfaces in meeting and study rooms.
+ When possible, library cards will be scanned in the patron’s hands.
+ Members of the public and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.
+ Limit physical touching.
+ No food served at programs.
+ Clean hard surfaces before and after programs.
What Can You Do as a Patron
+ If you have a fever and are sick, stay home.
+ If you are using our meeting room space, make sure that all those who attend are well.
+ Cough into a tissue or into the bend of your arm.
+ Wash your hands regularly after using public computers and borrowing material.
+ Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
+ Spread the word, and remind friends and family that the library is a trusted source for accurate information.
+Utilize the library’s online resources, such as Overdrive and RBDigital, for access to eBooks and eMagazines.