The Library Board and Library staff, in consultation with City of Redlands officials, have been closely following developments associated with the COVID-19 virus. The Governor of California, through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advised that all large gatherings of 250 or more people should be postponed or canceled. Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person should also be postponed or canceled. The CDPH guidelines can be found at the CDPH website. In order to provide as safe and healthy environment as possible for our patrons the following steps are being implemented immediately:
- Effective through March 31, all scheduled meetings and events in the Library’s Assembly Room, Lincoln Shrine museum, and Contemporary Club facility are postponed, this includes the Young Readers Room story time programming. This policy will be reviewed as events warrant. We regret any inconvenience that is caused by this necessary decision.
- The Library and Lincoln Shrine will remain open normal hours. In collaboration with the City of Redlands Facilities and Community Service Department, both facilities will be undergoing elevated cleaning and sanitizing.
- In order to comply with the CDPH recommendations regarding social distancing, approximately one third of our public access computer terminals will be taken off-line and one third of our chairs at tables throughout the building will be put into storage. This policy will also be reviewed as events warrant.
For those who are unable or choose not to visit the library in person, we would like to remind you about the library’s electronic resources which are available 24/7 from home to all library cardholders. You can download ebooks or audiobooks available from Overdrive on your home computer, tablet or phone. If you have young children at home, you might find BookFlix to be a valuable tool. This is an online resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related non-fiction eBooks to encourage a love of reading and learning for grades PreK – 3. Finally, if you’re looking for a magazine to read without leaving home, check out Flipster, a digital magazine service with 18 titles for adults and children. The library’s website has full details, www.akspl.org.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to continue as many of our services as possible while at the same time protecting the safety and health of our community.