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

JULY 16, 2020
Monday, July 27, the Sandusky Library Columbus Avenue parking lot and driveway will not be available.  Enter from Jackson St. for Curbside Service, Curbside Snack, and outside book drops.   

The Sandusky Library continues to provide Curbside Service Monday-Thursday 10-6 and Friday/Saturday 10-2.  Once you receive notice of your available hold, call the library to schedule an appointment.   Call us at 419-625-3834 to schedule holds or to request new books and DVD titles.  The following tax forms can also be provided through curbside pick-up:  Federal 2019 Form 1040 and 2019 Form 1040-SR—Instructions and 2019 Form 1040 and 2019 From 1030-SR with schedules 1-3.  No state or city forms or instructions.  

The Curbside Snack program is available Monday-Friday from 12:00-12:45.   Drive or walk from Columbus Avenue to pick-up nutritious snacks for children under age 18.  Children do not need to be present to receive the snacks.  Double snacks are given on Friday for the weekend.   

The Summer Library Program is available virtually using Beanstack.  To pick up a weekly packet of activities for early literacy, children, teens or adults, drive or walk through from Columbus Ave. on Mondays from 10-1.  You can also pick them up during Curbside Snack and Curbside Service.

June 10, 2020
CHILDREN’S MEAL PROGRAM, SUMMER 2020

Sandusky Library continues its partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide shelf-stable meals for children under the age of 18. The free meal program is open to all children regardless of financial status. Beginning June 15 meals will be distributed Monday–Friday from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. from the Library’s parking lot. Each nutritionally balanced meal features items from all 5 MyPlate Food groups. Each meal is provided free of charge from the Children’s Hunger Alliance.
Patrons who will be in a vehicle may enter the Library’s parking lot from the Columbus Avenue entrance beginning at 11:55 am and pull up to the sidewalk area at our main entrance. To ensure social distancing, please always remain in your vehicle and a staff member will hand you your child’s meal/s. Your child must be present in your vehicle in order to receive a meal. After receiving your meal, you will exit our parking lot through the Jackson Street exit.

June 2, 2020
Sandusky Library remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus, as we continue preparations for a responsible restart to keep everyone as safe as possible.

DRIVE-UP BOOK RETURNS will open on Monday, June 8. Your help is needed to manage the large influx of returned materials in the first week. If possible , please return materials by date according to last name of the library cardholder following this schedule:
Names A-H: Monday, June 8 and Thursday, June 11
Names I-P: Tuesday, June 9 and Friday, June 12
Names Q-Z: Wednesday, June 10 and Saturday, June 13
All items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in. Due dates remain extended. No late fees will be assessed.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP SERVICE at Sandusky Library will start Monday, June 15.
Procedures for ordering items will be posted to our web site in the coming week. Pick-up service will be limited to five items per person. Only items located on Sandusky Library shelves are available at this time.
Curbside Pickup and telephone service will be available:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Telephone reference service will continue Monday-Wednesday until 8:00 p.m.

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.

      • June 3: What Are You Crafting?
      • June 10: What Are You Learning?
      • June 17: What Are You Cooking?
      • June 24: What are you Planting?

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/