Sunday, March 15, 2020

Ottumwa Public Library Cancelling All Programs

Dear Library Patrons:

Out of an abundance of caution the Ottumwa Public Library is temporarily cancelling all programs and outreach that we have scheduled at the library through April 1.  At that time we will reassess what the situation is in our community for the COVID 19 virus.

We are always striving to serve the community by offering these literacy, educational, informative, and entertaining programs, but the public’s health and that of our staff is of paramount importance. While there have been no cases of the virus in Wapello County, we believe we are being proactive in preventing any spread through library activities.
  • All library-sponsored programs, events, and classes are postponed. (This includes all book clubs in and out of the library.)
  • All outreach is cancelled.
  • All toys and art supplies have been removed from the Children’s Room

If you visit the library we are increasing our cleaning including wiping down door handles, our circulation desks, computer stations, bathrooms, drinking fountains and returned materials more frequently than in the past.  While this is not a guaranteed prevention of any spread, it will help in curtailing it.  If you are feeling ill or showing any of the signs or symptoms of this or any other flu like sickness please do not visit the library at this time.

Other library services will continue to be available, and our staff look forward to serving you in the building, via the phone, or online.

If you are unable to visit the Library, we have a number of digital services available. You can enjoy downloading magazines, e-books, audio books, music or children’s Tumble Books from our website with your library card.  These are all free services and are available 24/7.

For authoritative and current information about COVID-19, we encourage you to contact the Wapello County Public Health website, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ottumwa Public Library understands that many community members feel stressed and worried about the threat of COVID-19, and we will do what it takes to remove any library stresses from that list.  If you have materials due and don’t feel you can get them back in time simply call us and we will work with you.

We will continue to keep you updated through our website and Facebook page.

Thank you,

Sonja Ferrell