Public health update from Sno-Isle Libraries

The following letter from Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson was emailed to library customers on March 5, 2020.

April 1 update:

Thank you for being a customer of Sno-Isle Libraries. Our libraries are the most amazing resource for access to reading and support for learning for all ages.

As we navigate through this unprecedented time, the health of our staff and communities guides all of our decision making. We also remain committed to our vision of everyone in our community is connected to their library.

So for now, we invite you to visit us online for access to books, movies, music, magazines, and learning resources. You can also stop by any of our locations and use our Wi-Fi in our parking lots. If you have any questions, you can reach out to our incredible staff via https://askus.sno-isle.org/.

I look forward to seeing you online and when safe, in person.
Lois Langer Thompson

March 11 update:

Sno-Isle Libraries has canceled all events at all 23 community libraries and public meeting rooms and canceled all Library on Wheels services through March 31. Read more here.

March 8 update:

In alignment with recommendations from the Snohomish Health District, we are canceling all library programs that are regularly attended by more than 50 people. This applies to programs through March 31. Please check the online events calendar for updates on specific events.

Dear Sno-Isle Libraries customer,

Providing safe and welcoming spaces is fundamental for Sno-Isle Libraries. As we navigate this health emergency, we are in regular contact with the Snohomish Health District and Island County Public Health for guidance. Library leadership meets each morning to address plans, issues, questions, and implications arising from this viral outbreak. While all of our 23 community libraries are currently open and operating on normal schedules, during these challenging times of public-health concerns, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices to maintain services to our communities. Here are some of the actions we are taking:

Library event changes

Following recommendations made today, March 5, by the Snohomish Health District, we are canceling some library events and reviewing the rest of our events across all of our community libraries.

We are canceling the upcoming Third Grade Reading Challenge events starting with a semifinal event tonight at Glacier Peak High School. We have also canceled some Lego events. Please check with your local library regarding specific programs and events.

March 8 update: In alignment with recommendations from the Snohomish Health District, we are canceling all library programs that are regularly attended by more than 50 people. This applies to programs through March 31.

This is in line with decisions we made earlier this week, and we are now moving towards a more thorough review of our March programming. Additional guidance for programmers and supervisors will follow.

Outside partner organizations who present programs in our libraries will make their own determination whether to cancel their events. Outside groups who have reserved meeting rooms may still use the room.

Library cleaning intensified

Each of our 23 community libraries and the Administrative Service Center are cleaned daily.

We are now doing a deeper cleaning of all library facilities. Janitorial crews are disinfecting all public area counters, horizontal surfaces, equipment, staff areas and restrooms each night. Sanitizing gel and wipes are being made available for staff and customers.

Children’s toys removed

Early literacy toys, normally available within the children’s area of our community libraries, are being removed until further notice. This action follows a review of recommendations by health officials to child-care centers and is being done for cautionary reasons.

Coronavirus information

A coronavirus information page is available or our website.

We encourage you to monitor reliable sources on COVID-19 including:

Your Library – here for you

If you prefer not to visit a library in person, you can contact library staff via our Ask Us, Tell Us services to get your questions answered. The library has many digital services available to you for free, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movie, and music services; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

We will continue to communicate out to you if there are any impacts to the Library system as a result of coronavirus. Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.

Lois Langer Thompson,

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director