AMY Regional Library Update
In an abundance of caution and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, all public libraries in the AMY Regional System will close today, March 17, at 5pm, until further notice. To our patrons, please understand that this decision was not taken lightly. Public libraries have a great history of providing services to all members of the public and stepping in to fill gaps when society needs us, and this desire to serve the public during times such as these is strong, but scientific evidence that social distancing can help stop the spread of COVID-19 is a compelling factor in taking this necessary, precautionary step.
Suspending services and closing our facilities will give us time to evaluate how our work environments and public spaces can be adapted to ensure social distancing practices. Library staff will continue to work while libraries are closed, and we are available by phone and email. We will update the library system’s website and social media outlets regularly with information regarding our digital library services or if adapted services are available to the public.
During the closure, library patrons are asked to keep items currently checked out until AMY Regional Library reopens or until further notice. All due dates will be automatically extended and all late fees are waived.
As the situation continues to evolve, we encourage you to use technology to access our digital resources, but more importantly, use technology to connect to those in your community who are housebound, as are many of our dearest patrons. Changing generations of social behavior in a few days is taxing on mental and physical health, so look out for one another and take care of yourself.