A Statement from the Director
UPDATE: March 18, 2020
A passion to serve. That is what brings the staff of the Maitland Public Library to work each day. You see that passion and I hear your appreciation of it in our interactions. Helping you find the information you need, seeing a child discover the joy of reading, building lifelong learners, that’s what we do and what we love.
That passion is what has made this decision so very hard – a true reluctance to seem to step away from doing what we do best. But, the coronavirus disease is a threat to us all. The very best way to keep this threat at bay is to come together as a community and agree to, well, not come together for a while. Medical care and hospital resources are finite; they can only serve so many people at one time. So let’s #flattenthecurve and do our best to keep the numbers of people sick at one time low. Accordingly, the Maitland Public Library is closed effective March 18, 2020, and will remain closed until it is safe for us, as staff and as a community, to reopen. All classes, programs, and meetings, including story time, are canceled through April 30, 2020.
Your librarians are working hard from home to keep you engaged and learning at this time. Miss Mary and Miss Kami will be reading stories on our Facebook page, there are many resources for fun activities for the whole family here on our site, and of course we have a world of opportunities online, from downloadable books and magazines to learning a new language to getting help with homework that might never have been online before. You’ve come to the right place.
If you currently have any items checked out, don’t worry. Nothing will be due until we reopen. If you want to turn them in as you finish, go ahead and drop them off in our silver bookdrop out front; staff will still be checking in items as they come in.
Keep safe, my friends. Wash your hands. Keep your distance from each other, knowing you do it to protect those around you. Stay strong and we’ll all get through this, together, even if we’re apart.
MARCH 13, 2020: Library staff have been closely monitoring developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC and other health experts strongly advise that people refrain from unnecessary social interaction during this crisis, to avoid person-to-person spread of the disease.
Accordingly, all events, classes, programs (including story time), and meetings scheduled to take place at the Maitland Public Library from March 14 through at least March 31 are hereby canceled. This includes not only the offerings of the Library but also all public reservations of meeting room space. The bookstore is also closed until further notice.
As much as I believe in the programming offered by the Library, and its value to our community, the health and safety of patrons and staff must take precedence. We will resume our excellent slate of offerings only when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, Library staff stand ready to assist all patrons with their information needs. The Library will maintain its scheduled hours and collections will circulate as normal. Staff have increased their efforts to sanitize hard surfaces such as door knobs and handles, installed a hand sanitizer dispenser next to the lobby bathrooms, and are encouraging all patrons to engage in good hand hygiene to help prevent infection from contaminated surfaces.
The Library has a large collection of downloadable materials, including books, magazines, and audiobooks, to help those who choose not to go into public at this time. Please contact the Library for assistance accessing these materials or visit our website (link).
For current information about COVID-19 in our community, visit City of Maitland (link). Please be safe during this time.
Stacie A. Larson, MSLS
Director, Maitland Public Library