Re-Opening Plan

The Caldwell-Lake George Library (CLGL) is committed to serving its community during hard times and good. The year 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to our nation, state, and area of service. To continue serving our patrons during this difficult time, while placing the health and safety of our community at the forefront, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted the below Temporary Safety Practices Policy.The following guidelines were approved by the Board of Trustees on June 5, 2020 and will be reviewed and revised as updated information is received from the Centers Disease Control, NYS Department of Health and Southern Adirondack Library System. This policy is subject to adjustment depending on circumstances and public response and need.

The board’s authority to adopt these measures is found in our charter, bylaws, New York Education Law Sections255, 260, 226, 8 NYCRR 90.2, and Article 2 of the Not-for-profit corporation law. We also consider it our duty to develop these measures to keep our services secure and accessible at this time.

Staff at the CLGL have the authority to enforce these measures like any other of the Library’s Rules. Concerns about this policy should be directed to the Library Director. Thank you for honoring these measures, which are designed to keep our community safe, while allowing access to the library.

Caldwell-Lake George Library Temporary Safety Practices

Scope of Temporary Safety Measures:

The CLGL operates per relevant law and Executive Orders, including those pertaining to mandatory workforce reductions. Therefore, the temporary practices in this policy may be further modified as needed to conform with relevant orders.

Until the board votes to revoke this temporary policy, the following activities will be allowed and safety practices required during the phased reopening plan:

Phase 1 Staff Only:No public allowed in building

Following the guidance of SALS (the Southern Adirondack Library System), the precedence of member libraries and government and public health recommendations, the Library Director will establish a re-opening date for the CLGL, in coordination with the Board of Trustees. To prepare for this opening date, staff will report to the library. Staffing will include the Director and one other staff member at the same time. Staff will report on a rotational basis with the Director. A work schedule will be determined by the Director (this may be a modified schedule or a decreased number of normally scheduled hours). While working in the building, staff will clean surfaces, process returns, establish quarantine system for returns, answer calls and messages from the public, handle administrative tasks, reorganize furnishings and prepare the building for public access.

Every effort will be made to maintain social distance at work. Face masks and gloves will be provided to staff.The public will be allowed and encouraged to return materials to the outdoor book return box at this time. All returned items will be brought inside the libraryby staff wearing PPE and the items will be quarantined in boxes/storage totes(ILL delivery bins will not be used for quarantining)for a length of time to be determined by SALS.ILL is suspended at this time until further notice and guidance from SALS.

Phase 2 Curbside Service:

Some public services restored, no public allowed in building. Public restrooms not available. At this stage, services will be provided at curbside only, as no public will be allowed in the building yet. Members can request items either through the catalog or the phone and all patrons will be called once their holds arrive (including patrons who normally are notified by email/text)so that we can arrange pickup date and time. Pickup dates and times will be handwritten on hold slips and stored with items.

Patrons will be instructed to call the library when they arrive. If they don’t have a car or are walking, they can call or knock on back door, and staff will bring the items out to them. For people we don’t know, staff will need to check ID’s or scan their library cards before checking out items. Items should be placed in paper bags furnished by Board of Trustees. Hours will be publicly announced for curbside delivery. Hours will be TBD.

It will be requested that all returns be made to the outdoor book return box. All returned items will be brought inside the library by staff wearing PPE and quarantined for 72 hours. Staff will wear a mask when dealing with the public. They can wear provided gloves to deliver items and/or wash their hands after the delivery is made. Patron’s will be asked to wear a mask when picking up library items.

A modified staff schedule is recommended, but maybe adjusted based on the need for curbside pickup hours.

Phase 3-Open to the public:

Limited

Public access will be by back door only. Establish special accommodationsfor vulnerable population. Those who are immune-compromised or elderly are encouraged to use curbside pick-up or contact the library for special arrangements. Limit number of people allowed in library at one time based on recommendation/mandate from public health and/or Warren County BuildingInspector. Children’s area will be open for browsing collection for check-out only. Toys, puzzles, games, etc., will be unavailable. Public computers, newspapers and magazines will be unavailable at this time. Visitors will be encouraged to pick-up their holds, browse collectionsand check out library materials while observing social distancing protocols. Staff will rotate cleaning/disinfecting surfaces hourly, including doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, desks, tables, shared items, copy machine, etc. Hand sanitizer’s will be available throughout the library.Members of the public, until further notice, must wear a protective mask or face covering when entering the library. Visitors who refuse to wear a face covering will be denied entry. All members of the public must maintain social distancing protocols and will be courteously reminded to do so. Library seating will be limited and set up to encourage social distancing. The idea will be to encourage library use, but not lingering. Staff will enforce social distancing protocols to the best of their ability. Any member of the public who refuses to follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the library and possibly incur a suspension of privileges.

Any programs at this time will be Virtual only.

Phase 4:

Open to public with precautions to enforce social distancing.

Public computers will be available by reservation only. Magazines and newspapers available to read in library or check out.Children’s room open for reading and browsing. Library staff will continue to encourage visitors to maintain social distancing protocols.

Phase 5:

Normal Operations ResumeLibrary Staff will continue to practice certain protocols that ensure they maintain a healthy work environment and personal health, such as:

  • Maintain Social Distancing protocols;
  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Disinfect common areas used by the public and staff regularly during the course of the day;
  • Use common sense when dealing with the public and be aware of one’s current health situation; when in doubt, call in sick and contact your health care provider

Public programming restored. Meeting room available to the public by reservation.