Louisburg Library is closed until April 23, 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our library district. We realize that this may present a hardship to some of our patrons and regret that we must close.
Over the past several weeks, the number of health care professionals strongly urging public organizations to close has grown significantly.
Announcements of closings are still occurring hourly. The Kansas Department of Education has announced that all Kansas schools are now closed for the rest of the year and that students will move to on-line learning.
There is growing concern of the potential risk to library staff and patrons and our ability to preserve an environment that facilitates health and safety.
Important Information to Know During this Time
How have my services changed?
We are closed until April 23, 2020 and will not host any programming or events until further notice. We have suspended our outreach services to schools, senior living facilities and our home-bound patrons. Interlibrary Loan services have also been suspended until further notice, and the courier is no longer running.
For those patrons in our library district who now must work from home or whose campuses have been closed and must continue their semester on-line, including students K-12 in USD 416, we have widened our Wi-Fi range and availability to 24-hour service.
Remember that our websitelouisburglibrary.org is our online branch and is always open. Our website offers a variety of digital options through Hoopla, including ebooks, audiobooks, videos, music and magazines. Instead of the five materials per month that have been been available in the past, we have increased that number to 20. Hoopla has also added an additional 1,000 titles that do not count toward a patron's borrowing limits.
We are looking at creative ways to make services available on-line and will make those announcements in addition to any an all other service updates available on the home page of our website and on Facebook.
It is always important to get your news from credible sources and this is especially important when you are looking for health information. The Coronavirus is being monitored and reported on around the world. This article includes information and links to reliable sources for health information nationally, in Kansas and locally.
The Coronavirus is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and information as it becomes available. Local health departments and hospitals will also update their information with a local or regional focus. Information on all of these websites will be updated frequently.
How can I help protect myself and my family?
The coronavirus is spreading in the United States right now, and the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Keep a distance of six feet from other people.
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
Review Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu from the CDC. Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) are actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like pandemic influenza (flu). NPIs are also known as community mitigation strategies. Read more from the CDC.