CURRENT KJM Library Guidelines – August 2020
August 25, 2020
Dear Waterloo Families and Educators,
The Karl Junginger Memorial Library aims to provide excellent library service and to work to keep our community safe during these unprecedented times. We do so by following CDC, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Jefferson County Health Department guidelines and recommendations which has resulted in changes to how we offer library services.
We want to share how the library will serve you and your family as we enter the 2020-2021 school year within the library board set boundaries of library access to our community.
Most importantly, if you have depended on the library as a location for your child to spend time after school, before going home or waiting for a ride, you will need to make other arrangements. During the typical school year, we have 20-30 students in the library from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. We are not able to accommodate this amount of students at this time due to safety guidelines.
• We only allow 50 patrons at a time in the whole Library due to reduced-capacity guidelines.
• Children 16 and below are not allowed in the library unless they are with and adult supervisor.
• We require patrons to keep their visits to 60 minutes or less to find books, pick up holds, make copies, and receive reference assistance.
• Limited number of computers are offered at this time.
We’re happy to share that there are still many library services available.
• The library continues to offer a wide variety of physical resources to meet the needs of our community for education and entertainment. You can also request items from other libraries via https://www.cafelibraries.org/.
• We have digital editions of books, audiobooks, music, movies, and graphic novels via Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby.
• We can provide you with a list of book recommendations customized for your child or teen. Just fill out this form for children and this form for teens and we will find books to meet your needs to check out to you.
• We will continue our virtual programs in fall, including virtual story times and PJ story times.
• For those who are not comfortable coming inside the Library to pick up their library materials, we offer our curbside pick-up service.
To find our current hours of operation and other info, please go to www.waterloo.lib.wi.us.
We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your understanding and support. If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-478-3344.
• Library Building open to public and up to 50 people at one time. Library users may browse the collections. Staff can help find materials, please ask at the front desk and staff will go and retrieve the items for you.
• Patrons should limit their time in the library to 1 hour.
• No Children under the age of 16 without an ADULT guardian.
• Facemasks are required while in the library building according to state mandate.
• Computers are available for 1-hour time slots. Staff are unable to assist any patron on the computers at this time.
• Headphones at the computers have been removed. Earbuds are available to purchase at the front desk for $1.00. Patrons may bring their own headphones also.
• iPad is used for CAFÉ Catalog.
• Microfilm by appointment only.
• Meeting Room and Conference Room are closed until further notice. We will not be taking any reservations at this time for future months.
• Children’s play area closed. Teen seating area closed. Most seating and all play areas are closed to the public at this time.
• Inside Book Drop is CLOSED. Please place all returned library materials to the outside book drop. All materials are quarantined for 48 hours.
• Curbside Pick-up is still available.
CURBSIDE PICK-UP SERVICE
The library provides a NO CONTACT curbside holds pickup service.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
1. Place your items on hold.
• Go to our catalog and place the items you’d like on hold.
• If you need assistance placing your holds, please call us at 920-478-3344.
2. Come and get your items.
• During your scheduled pickup time, enter the library parking lot and pull up near the entrance.
• Open your trunk or back window in your vehicle. Then return in your vehicle.
• Call 920-478-3344 to let us know you have arrived.
• Hold your library card up to your window and staff will check.
• A staff member will place your holds in your trunk or back window.
• Please do not give items to be returned to staff members. You will need to place these in the outside book return.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I place a hold over the telephone?
Absolutely! Just call us at 920-478-3344 for help with any part of the process.
How do I return materials?
Please use our outside book return. Do not give return items to staff.
Are all materials available for pick-up?
Yes! All materials from the KJM Library and other libraries in the Bridges Library System are available to place holds and pick-up.
Are library materials safe to use?
All of our materials are quarantined for 4 days and/or sanitized before they are made available to the public, but we cannot guarantee that they will be virus-free. Please take into consideration your needs and comfort level when deciding whether or not to use library materials.
Do I need a library card?
Yes, you must have a library card with the Bridges Library System to use our holds pickup service. If you have a temporary e-card, please call 920-478-3344 you will need to email us a photo ID for proof of address and our staff will create a card for you. We will place your new card in the bag with your materials when you pick them up.
What if I have fines?
If you need to pay your fines, our online fine payment system is still available. Just log into your account to pay your fines online.
How long do I have to pick up my materials?
You have one week from the time library staff contacts you to schedule a pick up time.
What if it is raining or snowing?
We will try our best to continue pickup service in any weather. Materials will be in plastic bags. Feel free to call 920-478-3344 if you are concerned that the weather may impact your pickup time.
What are you doing to protect the safety of patrons and staff?
The no contact service we are using provides maximum social distancing for both patrons and staff. Library staff will follow the safety guidelines set forth by Jefferson County and Center for Disease Control.
Why are you using plastic bags for pickup items?
Plastic bags are a temporary measure to protect patron privacy, protect our materials, and to limit unnecessary human contact with Library items.
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. Unfortunately, since the Safer at Home Order we have discontinued curbside service options. The Wisconsin State EMERGENCY ORDER #12 SAFER AT HOME ORDER – “4. Closures. All of the following facilities shall be closed: a. Public and private K-12 schools and public libraries. Except for facilitating distance learning or virtual learning, public and private K-12 schools are closed for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities. Libraries shall close for all in-person services, but may continue to provide on-line services and programming.”
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.
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.