Four Libraries to Open with Limited Service
Four libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) system will be opening on Monday, July 13, for limited services, as the system begins to welcome patrons back into buildings for in-person service. The four libraries are Newport, Sebring, Springfield, and Brownlee Woods.
Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek says, “We are so pleased to be able to welcome patrons into our buildings. We have moved slowly and cautiously with planning due to the difficulties of the COVID-19 environment. Our primary goal, along with providing service, is to ensure the safety of our patrons and our staff. We know the community has been eager to get back into our libraries, especially for access to computers and copy services.”
Newport, Sebring, Springfield and Brownlee Woods Libraries
Newport, Sebring, and Springfield will offer computer and Internet access, printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. The Brownlee Woods branch library will offer by-appointment Career and Job Center and Business Support services and will have a librarian available by appointment to help people search for jobs, use job resources, and much more. The Brownlee Woods Library will also have 4 public access computers for general use.
Please note that the libraries will not offer browsing or checkout of materials.
Hours and capacity are limited and will be:
Newport – Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (capacity 25)
Sebring – Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (capacity 14)
Springfield – Mon. and Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (capacity 13)
Brownlee Woods – (some services by appointment only) Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (capacity 14)
“We intend to open additional locations with expanded services in early August unless there is significant change in COVID-19 community spread in Mahoning County. We are putting the finishing touches on those plans now and will announce details as soon as they are available,” she notes.
First Hour for Seniors and Vulnerable Patrons
Please note that the Library is reserving the first open hour at each location each day for our senior patrons age 65 and over, as well as vulnerable patrons of any age with underlying health conditions.
For in-library service, children 7 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.
Guidelines for Computer Use
-Computers will be available for 50-minute sessions
-There will be 10 minutes between sessions to allow for cleaning and sanitizing
-A valid PLYMC library card is required for computer use
-Free printing will be offered with a limit of 10 pages per day per patron
-Express computers will be offered to patrons for 15-minute use; printing is available on express computers
-Computers can be accessed by setting up an appointment, calling ahead to reserve a computer or by walking up. Walk-up service is first-come, first-served and based on availability. If no computers are available, a greeter will sign them up on a waiting list.
As the libraries begin to offer in-person service, safety will be a number one priority. Library staff will be wearing masks and patrons will be expected to wear a mask or other face covering. Free masks will be available for those who do not have one. Sanitizing gel will be available. Patrons unable to wear a mask or other face covering should call the library at 330-259-3399 in advance to discuss their library needs with staff.
For safety sake, we will also need to limit the number of patrons that can be in the building at any one time. Social distancing will be in place.
Mass gathering restrictions remain in place, so the Library is unable to offer meeting room space, face-to-face programming or traditional library “reading room” activities.
WIFI Available in Library Parking Lots
As always, free WIFI is available in the parking lots and areas adjacent to each of our libraries. Curbside service is available for pickup of library materials and WIFI hotspots at Main Library, Austintown, Boardman and Canfield branches. Book and Media Drop Boxes are available at all PLYMC libraries for return of materials (materials are not yet being taken inside libraries). A robust schedule of virtual programming for all ages continues.
Reach a Live Librarian at 330-259-3399
Patrons can reach a live librarian by calling 330-259-3399 for reference questions or other questions about the Library.
“Thank you for your patience as we are all moving through this new reality where cautious steps are needed to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons,” Ms. Fifarek says. “We must take precautions when considering in-building service, as libraries are gathering places and used by the most vulnerable populations, such as seniors, young children, people in poverty who are also prone to underlying disease. We are choosing to move ahead more slowly and with an abundance of caution out of care for everyone in the community.”
For more information, go to https://www.libraryvisit.org/service-roadmap/
See Open Letter from the Library Executive Director https://www.libraryvisit.org/letter-from-director/
(07-08-20, 07-09-20, 07-16-20)