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COVID-19 Resources

As the coronavirus situation changes quickly, WVLS is posting up-to-date information about the status of our member libraries’ closings, ways we can support our member libraries, and additional resources.

Guidelines for Reopening Timeline 
The Wheeler Report 

Courier: WVLS will continue offering limited courier service (2 stops per library/per week), beginning the week of May 26. No empty bin requests will be taken at this time. Contact courier@wvls.org for questions or requests. 

Status of WVLS Member Libraries

Resource Sharing Levels: Number listed in parentheses after each library. 
WVLS Resource Sharing Level 1 – No Materials Lending
WVLS Resource Sharing Level 2 – Local Materials Only
WVLS Resource Sharing Level 3 – In County Sharing
WVLS Resource Sharing Level 4 – V-Cat Wide Sharing

Abbotsford Public Library: (3) Reopening 6/1. M & W: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and F: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. First hour of operation reserved for at-risk populations. Curbside service continues T: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and R:1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Time limited to 15 minutes in library. Five public computers will be available for non-leisure use for an hour. Study rooms will be limited to 2 person per room. Max. occupancy of 22 patrons at one time.

Antigo Public Library: (2) Reopening 6/1 with temporary new hours. Antigo: M-R: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
White Lake: M & R: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Elcho: remains closed. Curbside service available upon request. Face masks are encouraged. Fines and fees will again accrue. All returns are to be placed in the outside book drops.

Colby Community Library: (3) Curbside services T: 1 – 4 p.m. and R: 3 – 6 p.m. in June. Plan to reopen the building June 29.

Crandon Public Library: (3) Reopening 5/26, full hours. Curbside service continues. Limit of 10 people for 30 minutes per day. Masks and gloves encourages. No group gatherings. 

Dorchester Public Library: (3) Reopening 6/1 with limited services and hours. 

Gilman, Western Taylor County:
(2) Reopening 5/27, appointment only. M: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., W: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. F: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call to set up a time to come in and browse. Curbside will continue. 

Granton Community Library: (3) Curbside services begin 4/27. Call the library or email director@granton.lib.wi.us to schedule a pick up time.

Greenwood Public Library: (3) Reopening 6/1 for limited days/hours for first week or two. Curbside service continues by appointment.

Laona, Edith Evans: (2) Curbside service starting 4/27, Mondays from 5 – 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 – 9 a.m.

Loyal Public Library: (3) Reopening 6/1. M: 10-5:30, W: 10-6  F: 10-5:30 only. Curbside service continues.  Limit of 10 people for 30 minutes per day. Masks encouraged. 

Marathon County Public Library & branches: (4) Curbside services continuing until 6/15.

Medford, Frances L. Simek: (2) Reopening 6/16, on T and R, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. browsing by appointment. Appointments required to pick up holds.

Merrill, T.B. Scott Free Library: (2) Curbside service starting 4/27. Phone or email for appointment scheduling.

Minocqua Public Library: (3) Curbside service starting 5/4. Please make an appointment to pick up your items by email or phone: Please pick up the item(s)  within 7 days.

Neillsville Public Library: (2) Reopening June 1. Limited to 10 patrons at a time. Limit to 30 minutes per day/per person for browsing, reading  and check out. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult/parent/guardian. Masks to be worn by patrons and staff.

Owen Public Library: (3) Owen and Withee library card holders can request materials starting 5/4 by calling or emailing. Limit of 12 items per check out.  Pick-ups will be scheduled between 12 -4 pm on Monday and Friday.

Rhinelander District Library: (4) Curbside service available by appointment.

Rib Lake Public Library: (2) Reopening 6/1, with new, temporary hours.  M: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., W: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Curbside service still available for those who prefer no-contact. Face masks are welcome and encouraged.Please limit browsing to 15-20 minutes. Only 6 computers available. Please limit time to 1 hour.

Stetsonville, Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library: (2) Curbside service on 4/27. Monday & Tuesday: 10 – 12 p.m.; Wednesday: 4 – 6 p.m.; Thursday: 2 – 4 p.m. Please call ahead.

Thorp Public Library: (3) Reopening June 1. Appointments required to pick up holds and to use the library.

Three Lakes, E.U. Demmer Memorial: (4) Reopening 5/26 with limited services. Curbside pickup of materials requested for checkout will move to a self-service shelf in the library lobby. T and R, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Public computer use and printing/scanning/faxing/copy services will be available for 30-minute appointments. Call  or email  to schedule.

Tomahawk Public Library: (2) Curbside service starting 4/29. Call the library, Monday-Friday 1 – 5 p.m., to schedule curbside pick-up time.

Wabeno Public Library: (2) Curbside service starting 5/12. Call or email the library to set up a time to request materials. Library is open Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Westboro Public Library: (2) Curbside service starting 4/28, Tuesdays only. Call or email to request items. Patrons must have title and author
available for our staff to search for the material.

Withee Public Library: (3) Curbside service starting 5/18. 

Staying Together Discussions

Next Meeting: June 2, 1 p.m.:
Phone: +1.408.419.1715 or 1.408.915.6290  (only one number is needed to join)
Meeting ID: 715 397 297 139 731

Or Sign-in via Computer: https://bluejeans.com/715397297139731

Graphics & Templates

 Facebook Share templates for encouraging library safety. Libraries should insert their logo before use.

V-Cat Notices, Holds, Circulation, Due Dates & Patron Cards

New Resource Sharing Documents
Libraries may choose to begin WVLS resource sharing level three on or after Tuesday, May 26th. V-Cat libraries are encouraged to have a conversation with the other libraries in their county about level 3 resource sharing. WVLS is available to facilitate conversations among libraries. Individual libraries are asked to notify WVLS at help@librarieswin.org when they are able to share resources within their county.


New Paging Documents


Curbside Pick-Up Documents


Former Documents

 

If your library should need to close for any reason, please contact WVLS at help@librarieswin.org and courier@wvls.org with the following information:
1) Library location(s) to be closed.
2) Anticipated length of closure and/or date to re-open.
3) Contact person and email/phone number where they can be reached during the closure.

Here is a document that outlines the steps WVLS will take to manage holds, transits, due dates etc. once we are made aware of a library closing. If you have additional questions or concerns after reviewing the document, please let us know.

 

Professional Development Related to COVID-19

  Positioning the Library for a Post-pandemic Sustainable Future: Panel Discussion for Public Library Directors

Are you hearing, or fearing, that budget cuts are coming? Are you worried about changes in municipal and/or county funding?  Are you wondering how you’re going to sustain your library?  

 

WLA’s Library Legislation and Development Committee (LD&L) has experience advocating Wisconsin libraries in a variety of political and economic climates.  We’ve been asked to put together a webinar panel to help answer your questions.  The webinar will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 5. It will be recorded for those who miss it.  

 

The panel will include the following individuals: Connie Meyer, LD&L Co-chair and retired (2020) Director of Bridges Library System; Kathy Klager, LD&L Co-chair and retired (2019) Director of Pauline Haass Public Library, in Sussex; Mark Arend, retired (2019) Assistant Director of Winnefox Library System; Peter Loeffel, Director of Wauwatosa Public Library; Mark Ibach, Consulting Services Coordinator for South Central Library System; Steve Conway, Government Relations Coordinator for WLA; CEO Conway Consulting Group

 

Use this link to register for the webinar. To submit your questions or concerns, please use this Google form to submit questions or concerns by June 1. 

 

Library Closure Procedures

If your library should need to close for any reason, please contact WVLS at help@librarieswin.org and courier@wvls.org with the following information:
1) Library location(s) to be closed.
2) Anticipated length of closure and/or date to re-open.
3) Contact person and email/phone number where they can be reached during the closure.

Here is a document that outlines the steps WVLS will take to manage holds, transits, due dates etc. once we are made aware of a library closing. If you have additional questions or concerns after reviewing the document, please let us know.

You also might want to consider adding your closure to the Wisconsin state-wide list, as well as the National list.

 
 

Closure Information For Your Library:

WVLS Operations

  1. The WVLS Office is closed until further notice. This means:
    • Staff are required to work remotely or take paid time off. Limited staff members will be allowed in the office area during this time. 
    • There will be no travel for WVLS staff to member libraries, meetings or conferences during this time.
    • All scheduled meetings from WVLS will be virtual.
    • Phone lines and emails by WVLS staff will be monitored as usual. 
    • The WVLS Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 18.