I’m sure many of you have been following the COVID-19 spread carefully. We have been communicating regularly with City administration and closely following Snohomish Health District and Washington Department of Health guidelines. Providing safe, gracious and welcoming spaces is fundamental for Everett Public Library. Governor Inslee, health experts and the ongoing and evolving issues related to the coronavirus call for us to examine how we can make positive contributions toward curbing this public health crisis. I want to alert you to some key changes the Library will be making to protect the health and safety of our patrons, communities and employees.
LIBRARIES REMAIN OPEN FOR LIMITED SERVICE
Both Everett Public Library locations will remain open with standard operating hours. However, service will be limited. We are stepping up our efforts to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of the disease. Effective Friday, March 13, very limited library space will be open to the public. Staff will be available to help select materials and provide basis reference services. Holds will be available for pick-up and items can be checked out and returned. With the understanding that many people in our community may not be able to get out to return books, the Library will be working with individuals to extend loan periods and waive fines accrued.
Staff will be answering phone lines during normal business hours. For the Main Library, call 425-257-8000. For the Evergreen Branch, call 425-257-8250. For questions about accounts, fines and due dates, call 425-257-8010.
ALL PUBLIC PROGRAMS CANCELLED
Following recommendations made on Thursday, March 5, by the Snohomish Health District and Mayor Cassie Franklin, the Library canceled all public programs through Tuesday, March 31.
MEETING ROOM BOOKINGS
Effective Friday, March 13, meeting rooms will not be available for outside groups through Tuesday, March 31.
BOOKS AND DIGITAL RESOURCES
Everett Public Library offers many electronic resources that can be accessed 24/7, when you can’t get to the Library or you’re stuck at home. Visit www.epls.org/apps to learn how to borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and your favorite magazines using the Libby app. Borrow comics, music, and shows on Hoopla and stream movies and documentaries using Kanopy. Consider learning a new skill with Lynda.com or a language with Mango. The library also provides remote access to several databases, including news resources (Newsbank and ProQuest) and health information from trusted sources (Consumer Health Complete, Medline Plus, and Merck Manuals).
Everett Public Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID-19 with the guidance of health officials and City administration. We are mindful that these plans may change and will update patrons as needed. Patrons can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
It’s important to remember that viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination and stigma. Help prevent, interrupt, and respond to discrimination and stigma. Helpful resources can be found at the CDC’s Stigma and Resilience site.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this evolving situation.
Everett Public Library Director