Southwest Public Libraries takes measures against COVID-19 coronavirus. SPL is suspending all programming and meetings through at least March 31.
Southwest Public Libraries remains dedicated to serving the community while doing our part to help protect the health of patrons, community members, and staff as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis continues to rapidly evolve. SPL is closely monitoring information about the outbreak and following guidelines provided by health and government officials.
Both branches of SPL remain open; however, based on caution and a desire to do all we can to help reduce community spread, all library programming, including storytimes, has been cancelled through at least March 31, 2020. Meetings and meeting room space have also been cancelled through at least March 31, 2020, effective Monday, March 16. Outreach services, including visits to schools, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, are also suspended.
For the safety of our patrons and community, SPL has already been strengthening cleaning measures. The library is taking other measures including:
• Removing communal toys from the Youth Services departments. Toys will be disinfected and stored for the time being.
• Increasing social distancing at public computers with some computers being unavailable for use.
• Wiping down high-contact surfaces including keyboards, mice, and touch screens.
• Stocking restrooms with soap and making hand sanitizer available at public service points.
While no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the local community currently, we urge those who are feeling ill to remain at home. We also encourage patrons concerned about exposure or those at high risk of contracting the virus to not visit the library at this time. Patrons at home can still explore the many digital offerings the library provides at the library’s website, www.swpl.org.
Southwest Public Libraries will continue to closely monitor the situation, adjust measures as necessary, and keep patrons informed.
Below are simple steps from the CDC and Ohio.gov to help protect yourself and others as well as links to accurate information about coronavirus/COVID-19.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. *The library has hand sanitizer for use at public service points.*
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Governor DeWine advises Ohioans to avoid large gatherings.
Stay home if you're sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Do not visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities if you are sick. The elderly and health-compromised are at higher risk.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer following the steps above.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.