With atleast one family in quarantined and all Mount Vernon City School District District buildings closed, the Mount Vernon Public Library has also instituted procedures to address concerns related to the Coronavirus outbreak.The Mount Vernon Public Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday so that the building can be properly sanitized. The Library will reopen on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
“Taking common sense precautions to protect the public using our facility is essential and we want our staff and patrons to feel safe coming to the library whether to work or to use services,” said Library Trustee President Oscar Davis, Jr.
The Library’s maintenance department is currently implementing a protocol being used at larger facilities as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of virus.
All commonly touched items within the facility such as will be treated with a germicidal chemical. Door knobs, door panels, door push bars, door frames, handrails, elevator call buttons, water fountains. For larger areas like the Children’s Library, Circulation floor, hallways, meeting rooms and computer lab, a machine will utilized to “fog” sanitize to cover large areas a minimum of twice per week. Counter tops, chair arms, children’s library table tops and lounge furniture will be sanitized a minimum of once per day.
“We are asking our library patrons to use follow the advice from experts. Please stay home if you don’t feel well, keep your hands out of your face and wash your hands regularly, using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available,” said Library Trustee Oscar Davis.
“We will be evaluating whether to postpone our programming which draws large crowds in the coming days. It is always better to err on the side of caution.”
The Mount Vernon Public Library has a number of online resources available on it’s website, www.mountvernonpubiclibrary.org including ebooks, movie and music streaming.