The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed, effective immediately, until further notice.
This difficult decision has not been made lightly but we feel that the library cannot serve as a safe place for people at this time. We are sad that we had to make this decision but we feel that it is in the best interest of everyone. The last week has been full of uncertainty as we have tried our best to stay informed about COVID-19 (corona-virus).
Just last week, we felt that we could keep the library open by using extreme measures to clean and limit activities. With the data changing and the schools closing, we decided that we needed to be responsible and follow suit. We strive to make decisions that meet the needs of our community, and right now, we are closing the library to limit exposure of the virus to our library users. Data indicates that preemptive closure of gathering places can be effective in reducing or slowing the spread of the virus.
Under normal circumstances, community gathering at the Ainsworth Public Library would bring comfort and a sense of normalcy to confusing times, this is part of what makes the library such a powerful community place. However, it is also because of this that we cannot stay open in this circumstance. While we have been doing everything we can to increase our disinfection of surfaces at the library, we cannot guarantee that the virus will not spread through exposure at the library. Because the library attracts school children, visitors from out of town, the aging populace in town, and almost everyone in between we are concerned that we are a likely place for the virus to spread from one group of people to another.
We still have free 24/7 wifi, and it is accessible outside of our building. There is a picnic table on the side of the building if there is a warm day.
Don’t forget about GMLC Overdrive, downloadable audio and ebooks: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/ebooks-eaudiobooks/
We also have over 500 free online Universal Classes: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/universal-class-online-learning/
LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related solutions available in one platform. And can be found here: https://ainsworthpubliclibrary.org/learning-express-library/
For safety reasons, we will not be checking out materials at this time or conducting home deliveries. You can call the library or email them if you would like to renew items. You can still return materials in our drop box. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, please do not return library materials until you are recovered.
Check this website often for any changes or updates, and please feel welcome to call us at any time 433-5887. Our staff will remain working behind the scenes at the library to complete projects that we have never had the time and leisure to complete. We will be working individually or not more than two people at a time.
We will be thinking of everyone and hoping the very best for your health and safety.
We have an Amazon Wishlist.Click here to view it: http://a.co/5ywQYMs Thank you for helping to purchase needed items for the library.
We are one of the 26 libraries in the state chosen for this program.
Click on this link for more information: VELI STEM LINK