Friday, May 1, 2020

Ottumwa Public Library to Begin Phased Reopening

Contact: Sonja Ferrell, Director Ottumwa Public Library
PH:641-682-7563 ext 202
Dear Library Patrons:
On Monday Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa would begin lifting COVID 19 related restrictions on certain businesses and organizations as of Friday, May 1 in 77 counties, of which Wapello County is one. This list of groups included public libraries.
The Ottumwa Public Library Director began discussions immediately between the Library Board of Trustees, local emergency management and public health officials, city leadership, and library staff on what this change would look like for the library. Our priority is to begin the reopening process with the health and safety of our patrons and staff being the paramount goal.
As such, the Ottumwa Public Library Board of Trustees voted tonight to implement Phase 1 of a three phase approach at the Library. This includes:
  • Library staff returning to the library on Monday, May 4 to resume work in the library.
  • Drive up service starting later next week for the community. Details are forthcoming.
  • Reference calls being taken during normal operational hours over the phone, email and Facebook messenger.
The library continues to 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. All materials currently checked out have had their due date extended to May 15.
We will continue to keep you updated through our website and Facebook page.
Thank you,
Sonja Ferrell