UPDATE: March 16, 2019
Milton Library Closed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Dear Milton Library Patrons and Community Members:

Effective immediately and until further notice, all Milton Public Library programs are cancelled.  This includes Milton Family Community Center’s Playgroup and all Bookmobile visits to preschools and daycares.  

In addition, our meeting room is closed to all groups.  We will notify everyone who has a reservation.

The library board and I made this decision after learning that a Chittenden County man tested presumptive positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11.  Even though we do not know what town this person is from, we believe “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Social distancing measures like cancellations can prevent illness in at least some people, and they can also slow the rate at which people get sick. According to Dr. Drew Harris, a population health analyst at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, “Mitigation efforts like social distancing help reduce the disease caseload on any given date, and can keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.” (See: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve)

We will continue to monitor the status and risks of the Coronavirus, and work to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff. The library board plans to meet the week of March 16 to approve a continuance of operation plan that will address, among other things, when we will reinstate programming.

In addition to the cancellation of all programs, here is what we have put in place to date:

  1. Front entrance-door handles, bathroom door handles, computer keyboards, and service desks are sanitized by staff each morning before we open.
  2. Affixed hand sanitizers are mounted inside and outside the entrance door for patron and staff use.
  3. Hand sanitizer and tissues are available at the computer sign-in station.
  4. Hand washing instructions are posted in the library restrooms.
  5. Patrons and staff are not allowed in the library if they are ill.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fliers about COVID-19 are available at the circulation desk for you to take home.
  7. We are communicating daily with town department directors and the Vermont Department of Libraries, and will update plans as necessary.

If you can’t come to the library or you’re limiting your time in public places, know that you can access many library services 24/7 online, using your current Milton Public Library card. 

Online resources include:
  1. Your library account.  From our webpage, choose the link for Account Login.
  2. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available to Milton Public Library patrons via OverDrive/Libby.
  3. Vermont Online Library provides access to Gale databases, enabling library patrons to search magazines, newspapers, books, and more.
  4. EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related online tools.
  5. We currently offer some 50 magazines through the RBdigital Magazine Value Collection.
  6. Online genealogic resources are provided for your review and use.
  7. Universal Class offers more than 500 online courses, free to Milton Public Library cardholders.

When accessing most Milton Public Library provided online resources, your library card number is your username, and your last name, all lower case, is your password.  If you have any questions, please call us at 802-893-4644.

Here is a list of national and state health sites relating specifically to Coronavirus:

Vermont Department of Health
https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

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

World Health Organization Video:  Dr. Peter Lin
https://youtu.be/sqtRjjzxaWI

Flier: What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Flier: Stop the Spread of Germs
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Samhsa.gov
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4886.pdf

National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Factsheet
https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

Here are a few recommended articles:

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart  https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation)

Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/science/coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html

Coronavirus: The Case for Cancelling Everything
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-cancel-everything/607675/

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

The New York Times is providing free access to their Coronavirus reporting at: https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirus

Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to resuming our programming as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Susan

Susan Larson
Director, Milton Public Library
802-893-4644
slarson@miltonvt.gov