It’s been a year of challenge and change for our libraries. When we were able to reopen in May 2020, the Pemberville Public Library system was the first library system in Wood County to return to normal hours while meeting State requirements. Things were a little different in our libraries, with reduced furniture, no in-person programs and other limitations. However, our library staff continued to serve the Eastwood community with alternative services, such as monthly take-home activities for children and adults, curbside pickup, virtual programs, increased digital collections (such as hoopla), and hotspot lending. Through a partnership with Amplex Internet, we have been also able to offer expanded Wi-Fi access in the parking lot of Pemberville Public Library. We have received a great response from the community with these new services, and plan to continue offering these in the future.
As we moved towards summer, the library is working towards returning to pre-pandemic operations and offering in-person programs and services in a way that will be safe for both patrons and staff. Effective June 2, 2021, the Pemberville Public Library will begin easing health safety precautions in all three library locations. This decision was made by the Board of Trustees based on recent CDC guidance and the State of Ohio’s removal of many Health Orders effective the same date. Our library buildings have also installed GPS Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization air filtration, which has proven to be approximately 95% effective at eliminating the COVID-19 virus in the air.
The changes to the health safety precautions are as follows:
- Facial coverings are highly recommended for patrons and staff while in the building.
- The Library Circulation Desks will continue to have plastic barriers in place for now.
- The Library Staff will continue sanitizing surfaces and returned library materials, and the four-day quarantine has been eliminated.
- The coffee stations and drinking fountains will remain closed for now.
- The toys in the play area will be unavailable for now.
- Program attendance will continue to be limited for now.
- The furniture and computer stations that were removed will be phased back in to the library and positioned to continue social distancing.
- The Community Rooms will be available to rent at 50% of each room’s fire code capacity: Pemberville = 24 people, Stony Ridge = 24 people, and Luckey = 12 people.
The Library Board of Trustees and Staff appreciate the continued support of the Eastwood community during the past year and look forward to serving the community for many years to come.
Susan Titkemeier, Library Director