Better safe

COVID-19 Measures

Dear Patrons,

The safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to The Patterson Memorial Library. We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, WI Department of Health Services, and the Waushara County Health Department.

Our current plan is to: 1) prioritize the safety and health of our staff and patrons; 2) continue serving your library needs for the time being; 3) plan for changing circumstances.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

What can you do?

As the State of WI advises: 

Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Stay home if sick. 

According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. We encourage any concerned patrons, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure. 

Please keep in mind, as a public space, the Library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the Library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family. As a reminder, the Library has many digital services available to you for free; check out our collections at Patterson Memorial Library research.

What is The Patterson Memorial Library doing?

Library Cleaning: We are using Lysol wipes for sanitizing the bathrooms and high-touch areas such as counter and table tops, doorknobs, computer keyboards and computer mice.

Library Materials Cleaning: While we do wipe the plastic covers of DVD cases and books, collection materials are not disinfected when they are checked-in or as they are browsed or used in-house due tothe nature of most materials, limited resources and supplies.

Staff and Patron Hygiene: While supplies last, we are making hand sanitizer and wipes available to staff and patrons, plus we are encouraging frequent hand-washing by everyone.

Library Services: The Patterson Memorial Library will remain open as much as possible we are looking at ways to serve you.  Remember our many online services and electronic materials are always available at Patterson Memorial Library research.

Next Steps: We are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying up-to-date on info from federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts. 

We will continue to communicate any further impacts to The Patterson Memorial Library and our patrons.  We will utilize Facebook and the Director’s blog on the website to keep you informed.

Thank you for working with us to keep The Patterson Memorial Library a healthy environment. 

Kent Barnard, MLIS, Director