The Library and the COVID-19 Virus
Library to Reopen June 1st
The Library will open for visits on June 1 with limited hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm,
Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and
Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm.
May 28 will be the Library’s last general curbside pickup/return day. Patrons who place holds on items between May 19-25 can pick them up and anyone can return Library materials that day. Starting June 1, patrons in high risk categories may arrange curbside pickup by calling the circulation desk during working hours (801-772-4528).
What we are doing to keep patrons and staff safe
Our staff are committed to keeping you safe when you visit the library. All staff will wear face masks when interacting with patrons and gloves when possible when handling books and other library items. We have installed sneeze guards at circulation desks and have rearranged furniture and shelves to encourage social distancing. For the time being all of the educational toys, the Awe Station, and the Ipad in the children’s room have been put away. Where shelves are low, we have installed additional barriers to help prevent the transfer of germs. We have also reduced the number of available public computers so that we can space them appropriately, and have put away the beanbag chairs in the teen corner. For the time being we are not allowing children and teens to use public access computers unless they can demonstrate that they are using them to complete online classes.
Starting June 1st we encourage patrons to return items in the outside drop box or in a designated bin within the Library, instead of returning them to the circulation desk as in the past. This will allow us to quarantine items for 48 hours before they are handled by staff and recirculated.
We encourage patrons to be respectful of staff and other patrons by staying home if they have any symptoms of illness, wearing masks while visiting, using proper hand hygiene, and maintaining social distancing as much as possible while in the Library. We also encourage you to avoid touching items that you don’t plan to check out. If you do pick up an item, and decide not to check it out, please return it to a designated cart so we can disinfect it before placing it back on the shelf.
Library Programs In the Park
The Library will be offering fun and social-distance-friendly Story Time, Junior Explorers, and Tween STEM programs each Wednesday morning starting June 3, at the Town Center Meadows Park (near the Police Station). To limit numbers to ensure social distancing, patrons must pre-register each week on the library’s Eventbrite page to participate in these programs. When attending programs in the park, please follow the directions we will have set up that promote social distancing. Only those with Highland City Library cards can register. If your home library is American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, or Eagle Mountain, you are not allowed to participate, but we encourage you to participate in programs offered by your home library.
The Library will also be offering an online-based Summer Reading program for all ages. Patrons can register for Summer Reading on the Library’s Eventbrite page starting May 28th. We will have weekly reading incentives for children and final prizes for teens and adults. Children’s incentives can be collected whenever the Library is open to the public, or in the park during Library programs. We have purchased vending machines so incentives can be distributed on a self-serve basis. Check the Library’s Summer Reading page for details.
We are proud to continue to offer excellent online resources while we are closed. Patrons can checkout e-books/e-audiobooks. Check out our wonderful new children’s and teen ebook resource called TumbleBooks Library. We also have many great electronic reference resources you can find under the Research/Learn tab.