Last updated April 2, 2020
A Message from the Director:
Speaking on behalf of the entire MCL staff, we will miss seeing you all SO MUCH but out of respect for the heightened concern around the coronavirus/COVID-19, we have decided to close to the public until further notice. The health and safety of the Mukwonago community and the library staff is our highest priority. We are working to stay on top of this rapidly evolving situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Instruction, as well as Waukesha County Health and Human Services Department.
Several specific factors have prompted this decision:
- The closing of the Mukwonago Area School District. Almost immediately this resulted in greater foot traffic into the library thus additional close quarter interactions.
- The library has limited resources that can be devoted to the continual sanitization of facilities and materials required at this time.
- Many areas in the library were designed specifically to encourage gathering and collaboration. This makes it very difficult to follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC.
- A significant segment of library users include vulnerable populations such as senior citizens and very young children.
Important Update: 3/24/2020
Due to Governor Evers’ #SaferAtHome order for the next 30 days, the MCL staff is sad to report that we will temporarily no longer be able to work behind the scenes at the library. This will prohibit curbside pickup initiatives due to lack of staff resources, lack of cleaning resources, and a level of demand we are no longer able to accomodate. Don’t worry though, all the staff will still be hard at work at home and will be able to answer questions via our social media accounts and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ll also be checking the voicemail regularly as well as consistently providing you with information and resources to enjoy while at home. Stay tuned for exciting storytimes, informative DIY programs, booktalks, and more!
As a reminder, please don’t worry about returning materials at this time. All items have a due date of May 1st and no fines will accrue during this time.
We’ll definitely keep the community up-to-date with information as to when we can reopen BECAUSE WE MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH! As always, thank you to this wonderful community for your support and stay tuned for more information and updates as appropriate.
Important Information to Know During the Closure
What if I have library items already checked out? No fines will be charged while the library is closed and all due dates will be extended until May 1st, 2020. If possible, we ask that STEAM kits and items from The Thingery be returned so that we may properly sanitize and disinfect them. Please call the library once you’ve arrived and someone will come outside to pick it up.
How can I return materials? Library materials that can fit in the bookdrop may be returned during the closure. Please remember that NO FINES will accrue on your checked-out materials while the library is closed. We encourage you to return items as staff will be working behind the scenes to check-in materials and find their proper homes on the shelf.
Can I pick up my holds that have arrived? Your current holds will be waiting for you when we reopen. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we are unable to offer curbside delivery of library materials. The transferring of the materials and the potential for the virus to live on those materials for days has caused us to err on the side of caution.
Will any library services be available during the closure period? Yes! While our physical building will be closed to the public, our digital resources are available 24/7 on our website, and you will still be able to take advantage of our online ebooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, and instructor-led GALE courses. All from home, and at no charge. Just click HERE to get started.
How can I keep updated about the status of the library? Library status updates and news will be posted on our website, social media pages like Facebook and Instagram, and through email alerts and newsletters.
Reliable Information About Coronavirus and COVID-19
It is always important to get your news from credible sources and this is especially important when you are looking for health and financial information. The coronavirus is being monitored around the world and is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide updated guidance and information as it becomes available. Local health departments and hospitals will also update the information on their websites frequently. Below you will find links to reliable sources of health and financial information nationally, in Wisconsin, and locally.
- Coronavirus Information and Resources (Compiled by 211 Wisconsin) You can also call ‘211’ or Text your zip code to ‘898211’ for assistance. (Help available in 180 languages).
Financial resources for those impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19:
- Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information: An FAQ page from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development for people laid off during the COVID-19/ coronavirus outbreak.
- Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 – Compiled by UW-Extension. (Spanish translation is in the works.)
- Protect Yourself Financially From the Impact of the Coronavirus. – From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Spanish available.)
Information for Businesses Impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
- COVID-19 Business Resources – From the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and Loan Services – From the United States Small Business Administration.
- COVID-19 Updates & Resources – Resources for farmers and those in the agricultural sector from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.