Following the directive from the Board of the Panhandle Health District approved Thursday, it will be necessary for patrons to wear protective facemasks when entering the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“We have been concerned in recent weeks that as the number of COVID-19 cases have increased, that we have not seen a corresponding increase in the use of facemasks by patrons,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “Until this point, the library staff has not had the authority to require masks and we are grateful that the issue has been decided by health specialists.”
The library will provide masks for patrons who do not have them and will provide accommodations for people who, for some reason, cannot wear a mask, Ammon said.
The library will provide door-front or curbside services for patrons who cannot enter the building. Books and other materials can be placed on hold by cardholders by visiting the library website at cdalibrary.org and logging in to their accounts. Holds can also be placed by calling the library at 208-769-2315 during open hours – Monday through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5. Holds will be brought out to the door on request. Patrons who are unable to leave their vehicles can collect materials curbside.
As always, other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network can be designated as pickup sites.
Pending a pattern showing a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, the children’s library, the teen areas, the Make-It Lab, Nelson Room, seating areas, and study rooms will remain closed. Reservations for meeting rooms continue to be suspended.
Summer Reading activities for children and teens will continue, but programming for those age groups will be online.
Summer Reading participants can visit the library during open hours and pick up a paper reading log. They can also track their reading through an online site: summer.cinlibraries.org. Take-and-Make craft kits are available in the main library for families to take home. Children’s story times can be viewed on the library’s children’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/cdachildrenslibrary.
Teens are invited to hop on the Teen Discord Server, where teen events are happening Monday through Friday online. For an invitation, go to https://tinyurl.com/cdateendiscord. Teen activities begin online each day at 2 p.m.