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Morrill Public Library staff and trustees welcome all of our patrons back into our building, in a safe and limited way, beginning on April 1, 2021. The timing of the global pandemic and our latest renovation complicated our reopening schedule, but we are all excited to see new and returning patrons in-person again.
Safety for both staff and patrons is our number one priority. Below are our safety guidelines for Phase 3 of our reopening plan:
Regardless of state or county mandates:
- All persons entering the Library must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times and maintain social distancing. A disposable face mask will be provided free of charge to individuals who do not have a face mask.
- Reasonable accommodations such as curbside delivery, staff assistance with printing and copying, and online resources are available to those who are medically prevented from or decline to wear a face covering. Entrance into the Library without a face covering is not a valid accommodation.
- Those refusing to properly wear a face covering or to maintain proper six-foot social distancing will be required to leave the Library. If a person refuses to leave the Library for not following this policy, law enforcement may be contacted. This could result in a ban from the Library for a specified period of time.
- Patrons who exhibit adversarial behavior that is argumentative with staff or other patrons will be subject to the general Patron Conduct Policy. Patrons will be asked to leave until they comply with the guidelines in place to protect other community members and staff.
Other safety measures:
- Anyone with an infectious illness such as the flu or COVID-19 symptoms is not allowed to enter the Library until at 24 hours after they are free of fever (100.4 F) without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- For your safety, staff will wear masks. We require all patrons, except small children, to wear a mask while in the Library. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact us and we can assist you through our curbside service.
- We have hand sanitizer available at the Library entrances and the circulation desks.
- Social distancing measures, including acrylic guards and hand sanitizer stations, are in place at circulation desks.
- There are 2 self-checkout kiosks available for patron use.
- Curbside service is available during specific hours and requires appointments. Please call or email the Library to arrange pick up, drop off, or scanning/copying.
- The Library is only open for high-risk patrons on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 am.
- Library visits and computer usage (3 available) are limited to 30 minutes.
- Circulation desks and computer use are unavailable 30 minutes before closing so staff has time to sanitize high-touch surfaces. Self-checkout will still be available during this time.
- Regular hours of operation resume with the exception of staying closed on Sundays.
- Toys and board books are not available at this time in the children’s department.
- The large meeting room is available for one reservation per day. Patrons are still required to sign a meeting room agreement and clean after themselves as usual before leaving.
- A limited number of newspapers and magazines are available to read.
- Returned materials will be held for a minimum of 24 hours.
What’s new and different around the library?
Great news! Your lovely local librarians are still here to help you out and point out anything that might look a little different. Our remodel came with plenty of upgrades, but long-standing hallmarks of the building remain, such as our grand columns and grandfather clock. New items of note are listed below:
- 7 brand new HVAC units and corresponding ductwork
- All of the library’s light fixtures were replaced and updated
- Both restrooms are completely updated with new fixtures, tiles, changing stations, etc.
- A new small meeting room is in place where part of the staff’s workroom was downstairs
- While currently unavailable due to COVID-19, this meeting space will have some counter space and television available.
- The existing large meeting room was upgraded with more storage space and brand new cabinets, countertop, microwave, and a full-size refrigerator for patrons to use.
- Currently, this room is available for one reservation per day.
- A new study room was constructed upstairs and will be perfect for patrons who need to have a test proctored or a quiet space to work on a project.
- This space currently has limited availability, please contact the library if you would like to reserve this room.
- The John Means memorial funded the new table for this room.
- Four new computer stations were added, for a total of 12 patron computers.
- The John Means memorial funded our new computer tables.
- Two new self-checkout kiosks are in place, one upstairs and one downstairs. The meeScan kiosks let patrons scan their library card and then scan the materials they want to checkout. If you have an email set up on your Next library account, meeScan will also email you a receipt of your checkouts.
- A dedicated space for our AccuCut and AccuQuilt machines was created, featuring plenty of counter space and drawers to hold all of our cutting dies.
- Sanitizing wipes will be provided to patrons to wipe down the handles of the cutting machines between uses.
- We now have a dedicated Kansas book section, check it out on the south wall upstairs.
- All of our new books for the adult fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, and large print collections are now located near the grandfather clock.
- The Young Adult collection has a new location at the north end of the library upstairs next to the Youth Computer Lab of 6 computer stations.
- The Friends of the Library donated funds to purchase a new display stand for the YA area that now has new YA books, our graphic novel collection, and the YA nonfiction collection.
- The Jerry Olsen and Jerry Speidel memorials helped fund booth seating and table that will go in the YA area.
- The newspapers and magazines have a new location as well on the southwest wall upstairs, near a new lounge area.
- The Friends of the Library donated funds to purchase three new lounge chairs that provide a USB and power outlet.
- The Jerry Olsen and Jerry Speidel memorials helped fund a new library table that will also go in this area.
- New circulation desks were installed both upstairs and downstairs.
- The picture book collection now has ample space between shelves for young patrons and caregivers to find and discover books in this collection easier.
- The Juvenile DVDs, Easy Reader, Junior-Intermediate, and Junior fiction and nonfiction collections are still on the west side of the children’s area, but the shelves have been turned to make better use of the space.
- Please see the included maps of the library to see where all of our collections are currently located.