COVID-19 and the Library

Updated 6/1/20

We are now offering curbside pickup by appointment on Tuesdays (9:30-2:30) and Fridays (9:30-1, 2-6:30).  Please call or email for an appointment. For full details, please see Curbside Pickup Service.

The book drop is open for returns.  CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks can be returned in the book drop - please check to make sure all discs are present and correct, and that the cases are securely fastened.  (Please do not return items inside plastic bags.)  All returns will be quarantined for a mininum of 72 hours before checkin.

SCLS delivery is resuming limited routes this week.  So if you are expecting holds from other libraries, they will be coming in, just not quite as quickly as they used to.  We will be processing red bin deliveries on Mondays and Fridays.  Please allow until noon for all holds to be available for pickup.  

We have many browsing copies available on a first ask, first get basis.  See which titles are available.

Updated 4/26/2020

New Glarus Public Library is pleased to begin offering curbside pickup appointments on Friday May 1. The service is limited to items that are currently in our building. We cannot accept returns at this time.

You must place holds in advance and schedule an appointment to pick them up. For full details, please see Curbside Pickup Service.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Updated 4/17/2020

Wisconsin's new Safer At Home order that was issued yesterday gives libraries some flexibility to begin offering curbside pickup of library materials, but not until April 24 or later. The previous order, which prohibits curbside service, remains in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24.

New Glarus Public Library is currently forming a plan for curbside pickup of library materials, while we await additional interpretation from the Department of Public Instruction and the State Department of Health. Our goal is to provide this service as soon after April 24 as possible. We will continue to post updates on this page, Facebook and the Post Messenger Recorder. 

Our priority is the safety of library customers and library staff, and we want to be develop this new service accordingly.

Thank you for your continued patience.

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Updated 3/31/2020

Per Emergency Order #12, the "Safer at Home Order," the library will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24, 2020. We will continue to evaluate that date as further information becomes available. At this point, the State's advice is to refrain from all in-person services, including curbside delivery of materials. We are chomping at the bit to start lending physical items again, and are keeping a close eye on the research regarding the safety of shared objects so we'll be ready to start as soon as it's safe.

In the meantime, please keep watching online for programming and tips. If you know of anyone who could use help staying in touch in this new all-digital realm, check out our Tech Support by Phone service and help them get in touch with us.

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Updated 3/15/2020, 5:45 pm

Considering our school district's immediate closure, the increased restrictions announced today for Dane County and how many in our community commute to Madison, we've revised our timeline. New Glarus Public Library will be closed effective immediately, through at least April 5.

We will continue to post updates on this page as well as our Facebook page.

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Updated 3/14/2020, 2:00 pm
For immediate release
New Glarus Library Closure
Contact: Holly Lague, Library Director, New Glarus Public Library, holly@ngpl.org, 608-527-4893

New Glarus Public Library will be closed beginning Monday March 16th at 7:00 pm through at least April 5th. We will continue to evaluate the reopening date and notify the public should these plans change.

This was a very difficult decision. Although we do not want to deprive patrons of materials and the friendly interactions that we value so highly, we feel that it is important at this time to sync our efforts with the schools and other public offices in encouraging social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Overdue fines will be waived during the closure. Please do not return items during this time, as our outdoor book drop will also be closed. We will work with you to suspend or reissue any holds that expire.

We are also working on ways to continue serving the community. Tax forms will be available in the entryway as long as Village Hall remains open. Staff will continue to monitor email for questions. Wi-fi continues to be accessible from most parking spaces surrounding Village Hall. 

Free e-books and e-audiobooks are available with your library card from Overdrive/Libby. If you do not currently have a library card, staff will issue web-only cards for Overdrive and database access via email. See our website for details

We also plan to post e-storytimes and will be sharing online resource recommendations to keep kids (particularly those elementary-agers) engaged and learning. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times. We will get through this together, even if we need to stay apart for a while.

Stay well.

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Helpful information

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm)

Green County Public Health (https://gcpublichealth.org/coronavirus/)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)