COVID-19 Updates

March 24, 2020

What a roller coaster week it’s already been and it’s only Tuesday!  We know that many in our community rely on the library for entertainment, printing for their small businesses, and more.  And while we had hoped to start offering at least limited services this week to address those needs, we will be following Governor Inslee’s stay-at-home order to help do our part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As a result, our library system will be halting all remaining operations beginning on Wednesday, March 25.
 
Unfortunately, this means that we will have to stop providing you with some services:

  • We will not be providing curbside or home delivery.
  • We will not be providing printing, copying, faxing, and scanning services.
  • Our book returns in Ritzville and Washtucna will be closed. Please do not return any material during this time. All items that are currently checked out will be renewed until April 27.
  • Our phone lines will not be staffed. Questions can be sent to info@ritzvillelibrary.com and they will be answered as soon as possible.
  • You will not be able to place holds during this time. Any items already on hold for you will be available for pickup at our branches when we reopen.

In the midst of these unprecedented times, we remain committed to providing you with excellent library service. During this closure, we will be providing:

  • Full access to our online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online classes, homework help, and more.
  • A new eCard that will allow anyone living in our service area to sign up for a library card and start using our online resources immediately. Email info@ritzvillelibrary.com to sign up.
  • Free public Wi-Fi outside our Ritzville branch. Please remember to use safe social distancing; you should be able to get online from your vehicle.
  • Continued updates, tips, posts, and new resources on our website and social media accounts throughout the closure.

As this pandemic is a constantly evolving situation, we will continue to adjust and respond as quickly as possible. At this time, we are not setting a time period for this temporary closure. We will evaluate the situation regularly and make decisions based on current recommendations from public health and government leaders and an ongoing commitment to keeping staff and our communities safe and healthy.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Kylie Fullmer, Director
East Adams Library District


For previous COVID-19 related announcements, click here.

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