With great sadness we announce that the Burton Public Library will be closed to the public through at least April 6. The library will align reopening with the Berkshire School District.
Health agencies at the federal, state and local levels have been engaged in fighting the health crisis through testing and recommendations for its citizens to keep themselves safe. As a community agency, we are among the institutions on the front line that need to assume a strict and unhesitating responsibility in taking all steps necessary for helping to shut down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Open buildings where people gather in numbers have the potential to spread the virus. Close contact with infected people, some who do not realize they are infected, have been shown to spread the virus.
As a community agency and one where people regularly come, we need to immediately assume the responsibility to help protect our community, in both the immediate and long run, by shutting our doors and suspending any and all in-person services.
Our digital offerings remain available for cardholders, including our vast collection of eBooks and audiobooks, eMagazines, streaming movies, music and television shows as well as most research tools for online learning.
All Book Drops are now closed. For the duration of the closure, due dates for checked-out materials and holds for materials will be extended to the date that the library reopens. There is no need to return any items during the period that the library is closed. Remember we are fine free.
If you have any issues with your account while we are closed, please email email@example.com.
To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
1. Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
4. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
5. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
6. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.
Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus
ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events.