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UPDATE ON LIBRARY CLOSURE

An update from Library Director Eva:

 

Right now, we are hoping to re-open the library to the public within the month.  This is subject to change based on number of local cases and outbreak information. We will continue curbside service for the foreseeable future.

As a publicly-owned building open to the community, I have an obligation to carefully consider the people of the Village of Black Creek and its surrounding areas. We will have to take the time to prepare and implement measures to keep you, your families and us as safe as possible. To that end, I will be consulting: a) trusted medical professionals who understand public health and its consequences and b) library professionals who understand how a library operates and its role in the community. It is essential that the library board and I make decisions regarding library operations based solely on the guidance of experts rather than emotions and opinions, and I appreciate your understanding on this.

While I wish more than anything that we could throw open the doors and continue business as usual as if it was March 15th, that does not appear to be the responsible route to take at this point. This library will look very different for the time being. We cannot be a place to linger and gather in groups. We will also be asking you to comply with our safety procedures. We will gradually increase service levels, but an increase in rates of infection in our community may require that we roll back services as well. We may also roll back services if patrons do not comply with safety procedures, thus endangering staff and other patrons.

I want to thank everyone for being so patient during this time of craziness and uncertainty. I, too, would love for us to live in a world where these considerations are not a daily reality and I place my hope in that reality being sooner rather than later.  

CURBSIDE SERVICE BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 4th!

CURBSIDE SERVICE!

First, a few caveats that we must abide by included in the current Safer at Home order:

We still are not able to let patrons inside of the building. Additionally, because delivery service is still not authorized between libraries we are limited to only what is available on our shelves. Patrons must have an existing library card, since we cannot collect signatures from users at this time.

ON TO THE GOOD STUFF:

To start, we will be offering curbside pickup from 10am-1pm Monday through Friday beginning on Monday, May 4th. We hope to increase these hours, but right now we have to abide by the staffing and spacing mandates put forth in Governor Evers’ latest order.

Patrons can call or email (bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org) their requests. Right now, we are asking for a limit of 5 items per card per pickup to ensure we can be as efficient as possible and to spread out resources. You can also pick up your holds currently on the hold shelf!

You can still use InfoSoup to determine what we have at the library, but you will be unable to place a hold on it within the catalog as that feature has been disabled.

At your appointed pickup time, we will leave your bundle of materials on the bench at the side of the library you will be parking at. We ask that you do not approach staff or try to return materials unless it is in the outside book drop.

As we only have one phone line, do not hesitate to leave a voicemail if we are on with someone else and we will call you back as soon as possible to get your request moving!

We have a backlog of new items and materials to add that we can tackle now that staff will be in the building so keep checking the catalog!

INFORMATION ON LIBRARY CLOSURE

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Dear Library Patrons:

In light of recent events and public health recommendations and to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our community and surrounding areas, the Black Creek Village Library Board has decided we will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. We will be monitoring our emails and library voice mail as much as possible and we will work on replying to your messages as soon as we are able.

 

We will waive late fines during the closure and backdate any items returned to March 14th. Also note that due to many library closures in our system, any items placed on hold will be delayed and items currently on hold will not be available for pick-up during our closure; we will work on extending them after our re-opening.

 

As a reminder, the OWLS library system has many digital services available to you free with your library card; please check out our digital collections at www.infosoup.org or wplc.overdrive.com.

 

This was not an easy decision to make, but please know that we take the health and safety of our community seriously. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time, and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can.

More information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available at:
• Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• Outagamie County Health Department https://www.outagamie.org/…/health-human-serv…/public-health

 

Sincerely,

Eva Kozerski
Library Director

Phone: 920-984-3094
Email: bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Lawyer in the Library

Second Monday of the month from 5 - 6:30 pm

Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. has generously offered to share his services with the patrons of the Black Creek Village Library!  He specializes in general litigation, real estate law, debtor/creditor, employer/employee relations, business law, estate planning, municipal law, family law, criminal/traffic, and personal injury.  He will providing free, confidential consultations.  To reserve a 30 minute time slot, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org.

Next available date:

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm

Baby/Toddler StoryTime!

Fridays at 10:15 AM


Join  us for Storytime!  Books, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, and fun with friends!

Baby/Toddler Storytime is geared towards children from birth through toddlerhood, and their grownups. It involves stories, songs, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, meeting new friends, and having fun.

Next Meeting:

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:15am

Preschool StoryTime

Fridays at 10:30 am


Join  us for Preschool Storytime!  Books, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, and fun with friends!

Preschool Storytime is geared toward preschool aged children and their grownups. It involves stories, songs, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, meeting new friends, and having fun.

 

Next Meeting:

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Kid Reader of the Month!

Now is the time to recognize the young reader(s) in your life! Starting in January 2018, the library will be recognizing a new Black Creek Library Kid Reader each month. We are taking nominations now!

He or she will have a short interview and their photo in the newspaper and on our Facebook page (optional). If you would like to nominate a child to be one of our Kid Readers of the month, you can fill out our nomination form online here, or you can fill out a paper nomination slip at the library. 

Friends of the Library Meeting

Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM

Please consider joining us!  We'd love to have you come and see what we're all about. 

The meetings are held right in the library, every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 920-984-3094

Next Meeting: