Safety Is Top Priority
Effective today March 16th, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
- The Main Library's drive-up window will close.
- No fines will be accrued for late materials.
- All book returns are closed.
- Things are changing rapidly keep visiting our website for updated information.
County Library Closing for Three Weeks
Based upon information from the Governor’s office, correspondence with other libraries, and further discussion of the administrative team, the Tuscarawas County Public Library System has decided to close its five locations to the public starting Monday, March 16th through at least Saturday, April 4th.
Starting on March 16th, customers from all locations will be able to pick up hold materials through the Main Library’s drive-up window located at 121 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia. Home deliveries will also continue. Materials may be returned to the Main Library’s drive-up book drop; no fines will be accrued for late items.
“The decision to close our physical buildings to the public was not made lightly,” said Library Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “We feel that during this time, to help limit community spread of the coronavirus, it is in the best interest of our staff and customers to close our buildings. We are pleased that we can continue to provide materials to customers through our drive-up window.”
Customers can make use of the library’s resources from home by downloading and streaming the library’s digital collection which includes everything from eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, magazines, and comics. Databases are also available to use, including some with educational games for kids like Early World of Learning and educational videos like Lynda.com.
Ramsell said the library also has an app available for both Android and IOS users. By downloading the “SEO Libraries App” and having your library card number and pin, customers have instant access to library materials.
Those who do not have a Tuscarawas County Public Library card but would like to receive a digital card that allows access to the library’s digital collection may apply for a card on the website.
According to Ramsell, the closure plan will be reassessed weekly. For the most current information about Coronavirus in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to rely on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and the local health departments. We have reached out to local public health officials and are monitoring advisories from the Ohio Department of Health.
The health and safety of our customers and staff is a top priority. The library has put into place measures to assist with the prevention of community spread. We have automatic Purell hand sanitizer stations available for public use in all our libraries. Our library facilities are cleaned daily with CDC-recommended supplies. This cleaning includes routine cleaning of all high-touch surfaces like door handles, self-check stations, computer keyboards, game controllers, copiers, railings, etc. As an added level of precaution, we will be temporarily removing most toys from our children’s areas to ensure we can regularly clean those spaces.
Currently, all of our five locations are open and operating under normal schedules. At this time, the Library will continue to offer all regularly scheduled events and programs. We will continue to monitor the evolving public health situation. We commit to keeping you informed of any changes to our scheduled events or our operations.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of Coronavirus and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well. Please remember that our Main Library has a Drive-Up window and 24/7 lockers where holds may be picked up. We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You can download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, as well as stream movies.
We encourage customers to wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer) when entering the Library and again after using Library computers or any other high-touch surfaces. To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
- Washing your hands frequently. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air-dry hands.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Our Main Library will host an informational program about the Coronavirus with New Philadelphia Health Commissioner Vickie Ionno on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm. You can also find reliable and current information about the outbreak by visiting the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov. A call center to answer questions regarding Coronavirus is now open. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Michelle McMorrow Ramsell