March 23, 2020

Following City orders as of March 23, the library is CLOSED completely. Staff are ONLY available by email until further notice. Please do NOT return items until May 1. Jefferson County has taken over Meals on Wheels during this time.

March 17, 2020

All items are now due, May 1. We will still allow items to be returned in the outside book drop, if you’d like to return items before May 1. We are working on a plan for curbside pick-up of current HOLD items and KJM Library items starting next week.

A limited amount of tax forms have been placed on a cart outside the library’s front entry doors for the public to pick up. This cart will be outside when staff is in the building.

March 15, 2020

KJM LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC STARTING MARCH 16
The library will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. Staff will be available to answer the phones and email.

ALL LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND OUTSIDE MEETINGS CANCELED
The KJM Library is canceling all programs and the meetings of all outside groups that use the facility through April 6, 2020. We will reassess the situation at that time. Thanks for your understanding as we work to protect the health of KJML patrons and staff. Library material due dates will be extended.

March 13, 2020

Due to current guidelines from public health officials, the Karl Junginger Memorial Library will be canceling all programs from Monday, March 16 until Sunday April 5 and re-evaluate then. At this time the library will maintain regular hours and will make further announcements if necessary.

Dear Patrons,
The safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to Karl Junginger Memorial Library. We are working to stay on top of this evolving COVID-19 situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, WI Department of Health Services, and the Jefferson County Health Department.
Our current plan is to: 1) prioritize the safety and health of our staff and patrons; 2) continue serving your library needs for the time being; 3) plan ahead for changing circumstances.
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• Jefferson County Health Dept.: https://www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/departments/health/index.php
What can you do?
As the State of WI says:
Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Stay home if sick.
According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. We encourage any concerned patrons, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure.
Please keep in mind, as a public space, the Library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the Library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family. As a reminder, the Library has many digital services available to you for free; check out our collections at https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/online-tools/
What is Karl Junginger Memorial Library doing?
Library Cleaning: We want you to feel confident visiting KJML. Our staff will be disinfecting computer keyboards and mice on a nightly basis. Our custodian will keep disinfecting the library on high touch areas such as counter and table tops, and doorknobs.
Library Materials Cleaning: Collection materials are not disinfected when they are checked-in or as they are browsed or used in-house due to limited resources and supplies.
Staff and Patron Hygiene: While supplies last, we are making hand sanitizer and wipes available to staff and patrons, plus we are encouraging frequent hand-washing by everyone.
Library Services: We are developing staffing and service models should we need to reduce services.
Next Steps: We are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying up-to-date on info from federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts.
We will continue to communicate any further impacts to KJML.
Thank you for working with us to keep KJML a healthy environment.
Kelli Mountford
Library Director
kmountford@waterloo.lib.wi.us