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Coronavirus: A message from Sno-Isle Libraries

Series: Coronavirus | Story 9

Last updated 3/6/2020 at 10:06am

Here’s some information from Lois Langer Thompson, Sno-Isle Libraries executive director.

Providing safe and welcoming spaces is fundamental for Sno-Isle Libraries. As we navigate this health emergency, we are in regular contact with the Snohomish Health District and Island County Public Health for guidance.

Library leadership meets each morning to address plans, issues, questions and implications arising from this viral outbreak. While all of our 23 community libraries are currently open and operating on normal schedules, during these challenging times of public-health concerns, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices to maintain services to our communities.

Here are some of the actions we are taking:

Library event changes

Following recommendations made March 5 by the Snohomish Health District, we are canceling some library events and reviewing the rest of our events across all of our community libraries.

We are canceling the upcoming Third Grade Reading Challenge events starting with a semifinal event tonight (March 5) at Glacier Peak High School.

We have also canceled some LEGO events. Please check with your local library regarding specific programs and events.

(“Under the Rainbow Storytelling” and “Music at the Library” have been canceled this month at the Edmonds Library.)

Library cleaning intensified

Each of our 23 community libraries and the Administrative Service Center are cleaned daily.

We are now doing a deeper cleaning of all library facilities. Janitorial crews are disinfecting all public area counters, horizontal surfaces, equipment, staff areas and restrooms each night. Sanitizing gel and wipes are being made available for staff and customers.

Children’s toys removed

Early literacy toys, normally available within the children’s area of our community libraries, are being removed until further notice. This action follows review of recommendations by health officials to child-care centers and is being done for cautionary reasons.

Your Library – here for you

If you prefer not to visit a library in person, you can contact library staff via our Ask Us, Tell Us services to get your questions answered. The library has many digital services available to you for free, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movie, and music services; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

We will continue to communicate out to you if there are any impacts to the Library system as a result of coronavirus.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.


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