By Brenna Cooper, MCPL
While the Meade County Public Library (MCPL) is closed to the public, work inside continues. We’re sanitizing the building, cleaning books and shelves, adding new books to the collection, weeding old and damaged titles, evaluating and producing online programs, developing a plan for the children’s, teens’, and adults’ summer reading programs, providing online resources, and answering questions through email, over the phone, and on social media. We have greatly appreciated your patience and understanding throughout the closure; we understand it has been difficult.
When will the MCPL open? It’s a question we are getting asked more and more as Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear continues to work on a plan to reopen more of the state’s industries. A date for libraries and museums to open has yet to be announced, so we do not have any definite information. The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives in collaboration with the Kentucky Public Library Association and with input from Kentucky library directors has put together and submitted a reopening plan to the governor. The MCPL will open after Beshear announces a date, if all protective barriers, supplies (some have been backordered), and borrowed items have been received. It is important to note that when the Library does reopen, it will be with restrictions and limitations to keep everyone safe.
You can help us prepare to reopen! The book drop is now open all day, every. It is imperative that returns are made now due to the quarantine process. Each item must be quarantined for three days before it can be cleaned and shelved. Even after opening, all returns will be made through the book drop only to maintain this process. Because of the time and space needed to quarantine returns, book donations are no longer accepted, and will not be accepted after opening (we will let you know when the Library can accept them again).
We miss you and are looking forward to seeing you again. Even though you can’t check out physical books from the Library, we are maintaining two digital libraries for you to access at any time. Libby by Overdrive and Hoopla are both available to everyone with a MCPL card and can be accessed through our website, meadereads.org. If you don’t have a card, you can sign up for one under the ‘About the Library’ tab. Internet is available through our Wifi from anywhere in the Library’s parking lot. Also, on our website and on our Facebook page, there are numerous links to free resource available to you. While we explore new ways to learn and connect online, our Facebook page has live programs (story times and fitness) every day of the week. As we approach June, we are working on ways to move all Summer Reading activities online. We will have a new app, Beanstack, for tracking activities and reading logs, there will be craft activity kits, handouts, online performers, and more. Details are forthcoming. To see a complete and up-to-date schedule of online events at any time, go to meadereads.org and click on the ‘Event Calendar’ button.
We are so proud to be part of this community, especially now. You have all been courageous, kind, and patient. It is a pleasure to be able to help in any way that we can. According to the MCPL Director, Margaret Benham, a plan is being developed to keep patrons and staff healthy and safe once the Library reopens. Everyone visiting the Library will be required to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and have their temperature checked before entering. The number of people inside the Library will be limited and social distancing will be required. Programming will be different as well. We are still working on the details and will keep you informed as this plan develops.
If you have any questions, we can be reached at 270-422-2094 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.