Mechanicsburg Public Library News

The Mechanicsburg Public Library is OPEN!

Hours are: 10am-7pm Monday-Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Below are examples of the additional measures that MPL is taking to help ensure the well-being of our community:

  • Staff will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Face coverings are mandatory for patrons.
  • A plexiglass shield is installed on one-half of the Service Desk and only one checkout station will be available. 
  • We ask that patrons use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering the building.
  • To ensure social distancing, we have limited seating available and distancing signage around the building.
  • We will be disinfecting high contact surfaces regularly and nightly.
  • Maximum capacity will be 50% of fire code or no more than 40 people in the building at one time.
  • Approximately half of the public Internet computers will be available for use, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.  Because of the limited number of public computers, individuals will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per session. All computers will be cleaned between users.  
  • Meeting room use will be available, but there cannot be more than 10 people in the room and tables and chairs must stay in their designated spots since they are already spaced 6 feet apart.
  • All toys and activities have been removed from the youth area.
  • Materials are being isolated for at least 72 hours before being checked-in and disinfected, so items you return will remain on your account longer than normal. 
  • We will continue to offer our curbside service 10am-7pm Monday – Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday for those not comfortable coming into the building.
  • We are offering limited programing. We will have grab and go bags (includes activities and crafts) for some programs while supplies last, and then have a live demonstration on Facebook during that programs usual in person time.  Programs not offered on Facebook live will be held outside.

We ask that if you have a fever or are not feeling well to please stay home.

For more information, call 937-834-2004.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Authoritative information on this virus is available from the following sources.

coronavirus.ohio.gov
Updates for Ohio and prevention information from the Ohio Department of Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC, the main U.S. federal agency monitoring and responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak, has created a microsite with frequently updated information for health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. 

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research. This resource provides background on coronaviruses, along with updated information and links concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO, a leading international health agency helping to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, offers global news updates and helpful videos, answers common questions (Should I wear a mask to protect myself? How does this virus spread?), and dispels myths (no, gargling with mouthwash won’t protect against the virus).

Science News
This news site published by the nonprofit Society for Science & the Public has created a page dedicated to the coronavirus outbreak, featuring stories by their staff writers.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we offer on our website. You can go digital and download eBooks, audiobooks and more with the Ohio Digital Library and your library card.

Prevention: 
 • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.

• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces each day. Use a household cleaner according to label instructions.

• Avoid large gatherings.

• Use online transactions when possible.

• Avoid visiting nursing homes -- and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes.

• If you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest threat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home.

• If you or a loved one are older, think twice about an upcoming trip. 

How to apply for Coronavirus-related Unemployment

  • File online at Unemployment.Ohio.gov
  • Call toll-free: 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408
  • The one-week waiting period will be waived as of 3/16/2020
  • Unemployment benefits will cover:

    1.    Individuals requested by employer to be quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they’re not diagnosed

    2.    Laid off employees due to loss of production caused by COVID-19

    3.    In few cases, asymptomatic employees that impose a self-quarantine

    4.    Those in mandatory quarantine because of suspicion of having COVID-19

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