Updates on the coronavirus outbreak and action to take can be found at these web sites:

Erie County Health Department: http://eriecohealthohio.org/

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

Ohio Channel for Governor DeWine’s daily briefings: http://ohiochannel.org/collections/governor-mike-dewine

April 14, 2020
We regret the Sandusky Library remains closed due to the coronavirus and stay-at-home order.
We continue to work behind the scenes to expand what services the Library can provide online and remotely by telephone.  We are pleased to announce new services available while the library is closed.

Telephone reference service will be available in April during the following time slots:

      • Mondays            10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
      • Wednesdays        5:00-8:00 p.m.
      • Fridays                 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Call the library at 419-625-3834 and follow the prompts to be connected to a staff member.

Online reference service “Lunch with a Librarian” will be offered via Facebook.  Staff members will be available to answer questions sent to the Library’s Facebook page at these times:

      • Tuesday     11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
      • Thursday   11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

The Library’s What Are You..? program series is held on Facebook.  Staff members will lead a discussion on a specific topic each week on the following schedule:

Wednesday  7:00-8:00 p.m.

      • April 15: What Are You Watching?
      • April 22: What Are You Crafting?
      • April 29: What Are You Learning?

We continue to expand purchases of electronic books for you to download.  If you have problems accessing your library account, please submit a form to CLEVNET at this link: https://forms.clevnet.org/catalog/cataloginforequest.php.

Please submit other questions to the Library’s Contact Us form on our web site www.sanduskylib.org

We look forward to serving you in person again as soon as we are safely able to do so!

3/31/2020
Here we are entering the third week that Sandusky Library remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Behind the scenes we are taking steps daily to expand e-services as much as possible to provide what we can to you remotely.

This week we are pleased to let you know about an e-card option available through the digital catalog with Overdrive.  CLEVNET has worked tirelessly to create an e-card option with Libby/Overdrive for downloads of their resources.  The e-card is available for persons in the Library’s service area who do not currently have a library card.  You can see what is offered when you click on the digital catalog page.  What you need to sign up is a working cell phone number.

Other temporary changes we have made during this unprecedented closure include the following:  increasing the number of weekly downloads available to cardholders through Hoopla, expanding remote access for select databases previously only available from a library computer, and linking to new resources generously made available by vendors.

You can find these online resources at www.sandusky.org.  You can continue to submit questions to reference staff from the web site at the following link:  Contact Us.

Here are a few highlights:

    • Ancestry is available for home use with your library card number.
    • Newspaper Archives is available for home use with your library card number and password.
    • Libby/Overdrive is adding new release digital.
    • Hoopla is providing digital books that will not be included in a cardholder’s monthly limit. Additionally, the number of borrows per month for Sandusky accounts has been temporarily increased to 15.
    • Flipster is available for new releases of popular magazines.
    • TumbleBooks, Audio Cloud Book, Romance Book Cloud, Teen Book Cloud, and TumbleMath are available for free from our website thanks to CLEVNET.

We miss seeing you and regret that we cannot serve you in person.  We look forward to the day when we can open our doors again.  Meanwhile, stay safe and be well.

3-17-20
In response to community measures to contain the coronavirus and keep everyone safe, Sandusky Library is temporarily closed to the public for in-house activity.  Staff are answering phones and assisting callers remotely to the extent possible during regular hours March 17 and 18, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and March 19, 10:00 – 5:00 a.m.  Library programs and meeting room reservations are canceled through March 31.

We expect to have an update for you before the end of the week with a plan for continuing limited library services and keeping everyone safe during this unprecedented closure.

Access to online resources and educational information about COVID-19 can be found on our web site at www.sanduskylib.org.  Wi-fi is available from the Library’s parking lot for anyone needing internet access.  Please call if we can assist you by telephone at 419-625-3834.

We are standing by to serve you to the extent possible and wish you well.

For more information, check our website at www.sanduskylib.org.
For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Buch at jbuch@sanduskylib.org

3-10-20
Sandusky Library leadership is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and taking proactive measures to protect the health and safety of staff and public.   We are in communication with the Erie County Health Department and following instructions of public health officials at all levels of government. We are sharing information available and will comply with future directives accordingly.

The Library currently remains open regular hours.  The Library continues to serve the community as a trusted source for information and will respond as needed in the event of an emergency.

The Library is a shared public space where many interactions occur daily.  The wellbeing of staff and daily visitors to the Library is a priority.  Accordingly, the Library is proactively addressing concerns about coronavirus by taking the following actions:

  • Implementing elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures.
  • Continuing to provide hand gel sanitizer at services desks for staff and visitors to the Library.
  • Posting updated reminders for staff and visitors about proper hygiene, effective handwashing procedures, and respiratory etiquette. Please follow these guidelines.
  • Continuing to encourage staff to stay home if they are ill or have a fever.

Here are some steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of the virus:

o Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air-dry hands.
o Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
o Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
o Stay home when you are sick.
o Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Please do your part and do not visit the Library if you are ill or exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.  If you cannot or prefer not to visit the Library, you may:

  • Visit our web site for e-services and downloadable materials at sanduskylib.org.
  • Call the Library at 419-625-3834.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and work with local government and public health officials to determine any action the Library needs to take and respond accordingly.  Our goal continues to be serving the public while doing our part to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Updates on the coronavirus outbreak and action to take can be found at these web sites:

Erie County Health Department: http://eriecohealthohio.org/

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/