Library Health Announcement

 

If you are a patron of ours, you will likely notice new signs around the building. This is one of our attempts to do our part in the community to slow the spread of COVID-19 (and cold and flu). As local schools have now closed for 2 weeks, it is possible our status here will also change, and quickly. Please pay attention to our Facebook page where we can most quickly and easily update everyone. The following is part of what’s physically posted at the library and what was shared earlier this week on our Facebook page. It is subject to change.

 

We’ve posted easy-to-read reminders on how to properly wash hands near our sinks (we have bunches of little kids and parents, so it’s good to build good habits). If having a little poster like ours for your home or workplace might help YOU, we’ll share a link to where we got ours.

We will also be posting reminders requesting people don’t visit if they or a family member are/is sick (also, simply good and considerate practices).

We will also be encouraging “social distancing”–so please keep at least 3 feet and ideally 6 feet away from people. You know our library is unlike others in that talking is okay, so, during these times particularly, Shannon’s not going to flip out if you need to talk a little more loudly to communicate with people. This also means we don’t want you leaning on the circulation desk or reaching across it.

We will also be reminding you of your ability to use alternative procedures to get books and resources (call, talk to Shannon or Anne, request books, and reserve them and a time at which we can walk them to your car).

You can also renew books/resources over the phone (988-6661)–in that case you can leave us a message with your name and request.

We continue to disinfect book covers as books come in from 4CLS and we disinfect books that are returned (that’s no different from last year during the height of cold and flu season, or when books come in looking like they were dropped in a puddle of mud…).

We regularly disinfect shared surfaces (tables, hard chairs, keyboards, computer mice, door knobs, light switches).

In the case of children we will instruct them to go wash their hands if they’re making questionable choices about touching their eyes, nose, mouth, etc. and shared surfaces (and then disinfect while they wash up).

We’ve also put away all the stuffed animals which regularly populate our children’s section since scientists still have not determined the length of time certain germs cling to soft surfaces. (This morning we will also be removing ALL children’s toys including Legos and the table and chairs as we cannot keep them as constantly disinfected as we’d like and the table is too small to accommodate social distancing.)

If there is something you’d like us to also do, feel free to make a suggestion. We are here to listen, learn, and work hard on your behalf.

Additionally, we will be changing services in such a way to better accommodate the stay-at-home needs of families with children to entertain. Starting today (Saturday, March 14th) resources will be loaned out for 6 weeks, all events/activities will be cancelled for the next 2 weeks (some will be made available online through our Facebook account), and our daily schedule is subject to change, so please check in on Facebook to learn more.

Some Fun Crafty Goodness from Story Time!

Have you brought your children to Story Time yet? There’s always something great going on thanks to Miss Anne’s creative efforts! Story Times are Thursday mornings at 10:30am and include a story, fun activities, and a craft. Early learning basics are reinforced, including basic socialization, participation, shapes, colors, numbers, and curiosity is stoked.

Doing It Correctly: Healthy Handwashing

In cold and flu (and other nasty things) season, it’s especially smart to know how to wash your hands properly, and to practice what you know. We’re including links to several videos on how to properly wash your hands. There are different techniques, and some groups encourage different methodologies and dedication of time. Currently our United States CDC suggests washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (and they suggest singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice in order to do it right).

Here’s a handy video from the World Health Organization suggesting you do each of its steps for 10 seconds.

Here’s a quick informative page from the United States CDC on handwashing technique, and one with a featured video.

Essentially:

  1. wet your hands,
  2. lather with soap,
  3. get under your nails,
  4. scrub palm to palm,
  5. scrub palm to back of hand,
  6. and do the same to the other hand,
  7. scrub thumb in opposing closed hand,
  8. and do the same with other thumb,
  9. scrub palm with opposing hand’s finger- (and thumb-) tips,
  10. and do the same to the other hand,
  11. scrub along length of each finger,
  12. rinse,
  13. grab a paper towel to thoroughly dry hands (more scrubbing!) and to turn off the water–and use that paper towel to open the bathroom door. Then throw that nasty thing away.

But what if I don’t have soap and hot water? You can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or better) and friction is an important aspect of all of this, so scrub, scrub, scrub! And remember not to touch your face. Take care of yourself and take care of each other–teach your children proper handwashing, too. Good habits deserve to be passed along!

 

Simple Health Precautions for Cold, Flu, and Other Concerns

It’s all over the news, even causing President Trump to address the concern in a brief conference last night : coronavirus (or, more properly, COVID-19).  You can click here to see Trump’s remarks, they start on COVID-19 at 06:30 on the time stamp slide, prior to that it’s set-up, and remarks on the most recent mass shooting. At 23:50 on the same video, a representative from the CDC speaks about how to stay healthy.

In an effort to provide facts, we’re sharing a link-rich resource with you. Each link (until the word “*Additionally”) takes you to a vetted medical or science-based source.

The main advice health officials are repeating is the importance of good and frequent hand-washing.

The good news is: That’s simple! The bad news is: you may be doing it wrong. You can review how to do it correctly here. In short, 20 seconds of good, serious scrubbing with soap and water (sing the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice), and get under your nails–all sorts of creepy stuff can linger there.

Other advice includes: covering your mouth and nose properly if coughing or sneezing (the previous advice via World Health Organization or  WHO), keeping out of people’s “personal bubble,” and, if you’re sick (cold, flu, whatever), please stay home. 

The virus is zoonotic, and has an incubation period of 1 to 14 days (with most people showing symptoms at five days after exposure before symptoms show up). Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath.

If you would like to see a map of where cases have been verified, Johns Hopkins has shared one that is very informative.

The CDC is providing tips for communities so they can be better prepared here.

This is a useful site to share with friends on social media if you want to help slow the spread of disinformation.

The CDC also has suggestions for businesses and employers to consider as pandemic plans are updated (which should routinely be done).

Here’s what the NY Gov site specifically says about it: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/. They have a chart they are updating daily there.

*Additionally, one CDC official (head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Nancy Messonnier) has suggested Americans consider preparing for a disruption of norms by being ready with essential supplies, food, water, medicine, and entertainment for family members. Dr. Messonnier has also suggested schools consider tele-schooling and that certain jobs consider telecommuting options for employees. You can read her suggestions here or here, at various news media sites.

We hope this is helpful to our patrons and readers. At the library we are continuing to disinfect shared surfaces and items and have no issues (ever) if you need to call and renew books because you are feeling under the weather. We are here to help you.

World War II Book and Movie Club

This Saturday, February 29th, join us at 11am to talk about the book The Zookeeper’s Wife and the invasion of Poland by the Nazis in 1939. If you haven’t read the book, you still have time–we’ll only discuss up to page 125 at the first meeting! Even if you’ve previously read the book (even years ago) and want to talk about it, let Shannon know–she’ll be providing a free light lunch as always.

Paint & Sip Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon (2/8/2020), starting at 4pm, join Kathy Knox for another fun Paint and Sip fundraiser for the library!

We still have some spots open, and for a donation of $35 you get all the supplies and instruction you need to create a painting like this one, plus snacks and beverages! Please RSVP at 988-6661, but if you can’t due to timing, come out anyway and we’ll make room! Your donation in exact change will be greatly appreciated and used to provide more great things for YOUR little but lively library!

2020 Reading Challenge: Historical Hindsight

We’re holding a special 2020 Reading Challenge for our library patrons (of all ages!) for the year! Come into the library and pick up your challenge sheet, read books that connect to the “prompts” (like read “A book about a world leader” or “A graphic novel” or “An anthology”).  You do NOT have to read one of each type–you pick and choose (because libraries are about freedom, friends), but for every TEN books you read that fit the challenge sheet prompts you get one chance/ticket you’ll be able to use to enter an end of the year raffle-type prize. There are special prompts that relate to historical anniversaries happening this year (or decade). Do YOU know some of the big moments that happened a century ago? Come and check it out–use 2020 to activate your historical hindsight!

Challenge sheets will be due the week before the Silver Tea so you can make your entries and we can draw a winner at the Annual Silver Tea in early December.

Fun Activities during Cabin Fever Season

Winter can make it hard to keep everyone entertained and happy, so here are a few active ideas to engage in during the cold weather. We especially love Understood’s mention of both the Scavenger Hunt and Word-building Charades in their Cabin Fever posting, and, if you have Legos and marbles are appropriate for your children’s ages, why not make a Marble Maze? Or, if you have Nerf (or other) foam-shooting guns, maybe do a spinning target or maybe roll up some socks and play these “snowball” games! Keep the kids moving and having fun (and keep your sanity) during cabin fever season!

Book Clubs are Back for the New Year!

Last year we read a bunch of books with our Harris Memorial Library book clubs, including This Heart of Mine by C. C. Hunter, Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and this year we’ll be continuing the trend!

We’ll kick the year off reading It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs while exploring our family trees and being introduced to a selection of online genealogical tools, and, for the World War II Book and Movie Club we’ll start by reading (and then watching) The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.

The World War II Book and Movie Club will also be reading The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys,  Saving Private Ryan by Max Allan Collins, Defiance by Nechama Tec, Caging Skies by Christine Luenens, and Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally.

 

 

Challenge Yourself to Read More in the New Year

As we approach the New Year, reading challenges are popping up all over, so we’ve devised one for library patrons! Pick up your challenge sheet at the library any time during 2020 and, for every 10 reading prompts you respond to, you’ll get to enter another chance in a drawing for the end of the year. Read 10 books, you’ll have 1 chance, for 20 books you’ll get 2 chances, 30 books equals 3 chances and so on.

Maybe one challenge isn’t enough for you! If so, hop over to A Book Worm’s Musing for a 20 in 2020 Challenge. Or pop over to Ginger Mom for an A to Z Challenge. Ginger Mom also has a Picture Book Challenge, and if those still don’t satisfy, here’s a list featuring a larger selection of reading challenges–something for everyone!