Library Closure Announcement
At the Anderson Public Library, Anderson County residents and library members are our first concern. With the growing Coronavirus pandemic and further recommendations from Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Anderson Public Library will close its building to the public starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th.
The library takes temporarily shutting its doors to the public seriously. With a consensus from the library board of trustees, the decision was made to close the library to ensure both the health and safety of its staff as well as Anderson County residents.
Because the library will not be open to the public, all programs, meeting room reservations, tutoring, maker space/memory lab reservations, and other services available when physically visiting the library are cancelled/suspended. Reserving meeting room space will be suspended until further notice.
All due dates for items will be extended while the library is closed and all late fees will be waived. Members may hold on to the items they have checked out until the library reopens.
With the shutdown, members will no longer be able to checkout physical items. However, the library does offer an extensive online service that can be used with just a library card, computer/mobile device, and internet connection. Just go to aplkentucky.org/online for more details.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and hope the pandemic situation improves rapidly. Please watch the library's website at aplkentucky.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/aplibrary for more announcements. Library administrators are continually monitoring the situation as it develops and will update the public on further information on the shutdown.
In addition, the regularly scheduled library board of trustees meeting that is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6pm will still be held at the library. Public access to the meeting will be available via the parking lot entrance.
With the continuing concern of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Anderson Public Library would like to share the steps that the library is implementing for prevention of infection as well as resources for members of the library to learn about the virus and ways to help stop its spread.
Prevention Steps at the Library:
- Staff will sanitize book covers and cases of items returned to the library.
- At regular intervals, staff will sanitize frequently used hard surfaces.
- A second book return has been placed at the circulation desk for members to return items without having to hand them to staff.
- Staff members have been directed to regularly wash their hands.
- When possible, library cards will be scanned in the member’s hands.
- Toys and hard surfaces will be sanitized at the end of each program.
Ways for Members to Prevent Viral Spread:
- If you have a fever and are sick, please stay home.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) when soap isn’t available. Wash after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose.
- Cough into a tissue (throw the tissue away) or into the bend of your arm.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick. Stay at least 6 ft away.
To further prevent the spread of the virus, the library will begin waiving and forgiving late fees on DVDs (excludes lost or damaged item fees). If you have a late item, you can call the library at (502) 839-6420 to renew your item instead of visiting the library. Items can also be returned any time of the day using the library’s book drop in the parking lot behind the building.
The library will continue to closely monitor the situation as it develops and will follow guidelines as recommended by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Anderson County Health Department. For the most current updated recommendations and status, please see the links below. A public hotline on information about the virus for Kentucky residents is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-722-5725.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will the library close or cancel programs/services due to the coronavirus?
A: The library’s administration is very closely monitoring the situation as information is being released. The library will follow all local and state public health orders as they pertain to library operations.
Q: I don’t feel safe going inside any public area, including the library, so I am wondering what to do?
A: The library offers a very large collection of online resources that can be accessed from home using a computer or mobile device. There’s thousands of eBooks, Audiobooks, digital magazines, music, movies, and more. Just go to aplkentucky.org/online to browse the online collection.
Q: Aren’t you worried about the spread of the virus?
A: The library has taken numerous prevention steps to limit spreading the virus. We will continue to follow recommended guidelines for sanitation and hygiene as published by local and state public health officials.
Q: What is the library doing to help prevent the spread of the virus in your building?
A: Please see the steps listed above.
Q: What is the coronavirus?
A: The coronavirus is an upper respiratory illness. You can get more information about it and the current state of its spread at kycovid19.ky.gov
Q: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
A: Symptoms can resemble the common cold. You can learn more about the symptoms by clicking here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: Like many other viruses, it spreads through coughs, sneezes or close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person.
Q: Are there any infected people in the Lawrenceburg area?
A: Information about regional and local infections change rapidly. Local information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
Q: What should I do to protect myself from coronavirus?
A: The Center for Disease Control offers several recommendations ranging from the more common sense (washing hands frequently) to the more precautious (avoiding travel). For recommendations, please see kycovid19.ky.gov
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: The Centers for Disease Control has a website devoted to coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
More localized information about the coronavirus in Kentucky, see kycovid19.ky.gov
Q: Can I be tested for coronavirus?
A: The library is not aware of any facility or entity providing tests on demand at this time, however, information about testing availability changes frequently. We recommend you monitor CDC websites for the most up-to-date and trustworthy information.