The North Manchester Public Library will close beginning today (3/16/20) at 8 PM for the next two weeks, until Monday, March 30th.
This decision comes after thorough analysis of available information, including transmission patterns in other states, contact with the Wabash County Health Department, and review of CDC guidelines.
As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is our first priority. As we have learned from watching other states and countries with higher rates of infection, aggressive social distancing measures such as this greatly decrease instances of infection. By closing, we hope to contribute to the efforts made by Wabash County schools to slow the spread of COVID-19 here in Wabash County.
With the exception of hotspots, NO materials will be due while we are closed; we want to encourage you to stay home as much as possible and we do not want our staff handling large amounts of items from the book drop. PLEASE KEEP YOUR ITEMS. We will not charge any late fees during this time! We do request, however, that the hotspots be returned in our outside book bin on their due date.
In addition, your holds will not trigger or expire. If you had something waiting on the holds shelf, it'll still be there when we reopen. You will also not lose your spot in the holds queue for items you're waiting on.
On that note, remember that our online services remain available, so please do check out or stream digital items to enjoy while you stay home. We are working to develop online programming, interesting tutorials, and links to interactive activities and exhibits.
Thank you for your patience while we navigate this health crisis. We're looking forward to seeing you back at the library when we reopen! We will post continued updates on our website and social media.
Be aware that there is a lot of false information about COVID-19 being shared, which can contribute to public panic. You can always trust information from your local library. In addition, these resources contain unbiased, factual information:
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.