Pigeon District Library

Pigeon District Library
Phased Reopening Plan


This is our current plan as how to reopen services to the community while protecting the health of our staff and patrons.  This plan will likely change as time goes on, circumstances change, and new orders or information is given. 

Employee Screening                                                                                                                                      

 When allowed to return to the building for work, there will probably be some type of staff health screening required as outlined in our Library’s COVID 19 Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan.

PPE 
- paper masks on site.
- liquid sanitizer has been received. It will be put in spray bottles and can be used for hands and surfaces with 70% alcohol. We also have sanitizer in in gel form.
-Plexiglas shields have been received to cover the main contact areas at the circulation desk
-Gloves received.
-No-Touch Thermometer received.            

Return of Materials

Returns – we are requesting that patrons return library materials by using the book drop.  

Book Drop to Floor: Books returned through the book drop land onto a padded area on the floor. Gloved staff will move items from floor to book bin. Once items are in the book bin and quarantined for recommended amount of time, gloved staff will empty the book bin. Each item with be checked in, and each cover will be wiped with a disinfecting wipe before re-shelving or checking out to another person.

**The following pages will be posted on our website and Facebooks for public knowledge:
 
Pigeon District Library District Library Pandemic
Phased Reopening Plan


Phase 1: Service Window*    - Phase currently being used.                                                                                                                                                       Patron orders materials by placing holds in our Horizon catalog, calling on the phone, using fax machine 453-2266, email staff at staff@pigeondistrictlibrary.com. We will limit each cardholder to 3 items on their account, or for people with a family card, two items per person.

Staff will pull materials as requested. There may be a waiting period for items to be pulled from the shelves. A call will be made to the patron about items being ready for pick up. Items will be checked out and placed in a bag, which will be placed on shelving near the service window.

All service window deliveries will take place by the main entrance on Nitz Street.   When a patron arrives, they will be able to push a button that will ring inside the library. Staff will come to the window and give the patron their requested items. No returned items will be accepted at the service window. Items being returned, can be put in the book drop-located three doors down from the service window.

The building will be closed to the public during this time. 

 Phase 2: Reopening Plan for Building (25% to 50% Capacity)*

Service Window may continue during Phase 2.  Library occupancy will be monitored to prevent over-crowding.  Social distancing measures will be in place.  Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting touch points multiple times throughout the day.

Soft seating will be reduced/eliminated. Some computers will be marked out of service to reduce closeness. Seating at tables will be limited. Toys and stuffed animals will be put away for the time being.

Plexiglas shields will be installed at the service desk. Staff should block open desk entrances from patrons. Office doors between public and staff spaces will remain closed when not in use. Where possible, doors will be propped open to reduce touchpoints.

The Children’s Room will have limited access.  Only _______family(s) will be allowed in the room at any time. Patrons can request materials at the front desk/over the phone/through our catalog and staff will retrieve them from the Children’s Room.

Patrons requiring computer assistance will only receive as much assistance as the staff can provide by showing on their computer at the desk, or verbally.

Use of meeting rooms will be limited to groups of 10 or less.  Anyone using the meeting rooms must agree to comply with social distancing rules and masks must be worn.

Tape X’s will be placed on the floor at service desks showing 6ft distances. When browsing shelves, 6 foot distance must be maintained, with a maximum of two people in each aisle.

Signs will be posted requesting that patrons wear masks to protect staff, other patrons, and themselves.

Programming will only exist online or in whatever capacity we can supply to the patrons homes/outside the building with no staff contact.

 Phase 3: Reopening Plan for Building (50%-99% Capacity)*

Service Window may continue during Phase 3.  Library occupancy may be monitored to prevent over-crowding.  Social distancing measures will be in place.  Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting touch points multiple times throughout the day.

Soft seating will be reduced/eliminated. Some computers will be marked out of service to reduce closeness. Seating at tables will be limited. Toys and stuffed animals will remain put away for the time being.

Plexiglas shields will be installed at service desks. Staff should use book carts to block open desk entrances from patrons. Office doors between public and staff spaces will remain closed when not in use. Where possible, doors will be propped open to reduce touchpoints.

The Children’s Room will have limited access, may still be limited to ______ family(s) at any time. Patrons can request materials at the front desk/over the phone/through our catalog and staff will retrieve them from the Children’s Library.

Patrons requiring computer assistance will only receive as much assistance as the staff can provide by showing on their computer at the desk, or verbally.

Use of meeting rooms limited per the current state recommendation.  Anyone using the meeting rooms must agree to comply with social distancing rules and masks must be worn. 

Tape X’s will be placed on the floor at service desks showing 6ft distances. When browsing shelves, 6 foot distance must be maintained, with a maximum of two people in each aisle.

Signs will be posted requesting that patrons wear masks to protect staff, other patrons, and themselves.

Programming will only exist online or in whatever capacity we can supply to the patrons homes/outside the building with no staff contact.

 Phase 4: Back to Business as Usual*

Soft seating will be replaced. All computers will be reopened. Tables will have all chairs again. Toys and stuffed animals will return to the public areas.

Plexiglas shields may or may not remain, we will have to assess at the time.

The Children’s Room will be open to the public.

The community room will be back in use with normal procedures.

Library programming will return to normal.

 
 *There are no timelines on any of the phases as these will depend on what is going on at the current time with the health of the community, various Executive Orders, and the guidelines of the Huron County Health Department. Phases may not always go in order and we may have to backtrack at times.