CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Public Library say they have supplied Meals on Wheels with 400 large print books “to be distributed to homebound and elderly citizens that may not have access to other print or digital reading materials during this time.”
The library has seen some changes during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but provided examples on Wednesday, March 25 of how they are still working to support the community.
“The Library is also pulling from our collection and donations made to our Friends of the Library to select a variety of books for use in stocking (maybe even stuffing!) Little Free Libraries throughout the community,” the library said.
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“During the closure of all the schools and the Library, The Natrona County Library recognized the importance of continuing to get books into the hands of our community’s young readers. Utilizing programming funding that would have otherwise gone unused during this time, the Library decided to gift nearly 5,000 picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and young adult fiction to homebound students.”
Those books are being distributed at Natrona County School District lunch pick-up points and kids are allowed to select books they are interested in.
“Just because our patrons aren’t allowed to come to the Library right now, doesn’t mean that our goals and commitments have changed,” says Lisa Scroggins, the Natrona County Library’s Executive Director. “As always, we want to promote literacy and reading within every family in our community, regardless of their circumstance or need; and our staff has been doing a truly amazing job coming up with exciting new ways to continue to reach and impact our patrons.”
The library is conducting other services for readers in the community.
“This includes daily storytimes via Facebook Live and led by the amazing Children’s Department,” the library says. “Library staff has also been busy creating online materials, like digital eBook and eAudiobook reading recommendations; how-to tutorials for digital streaming and download apps like Libby by Overdrive, RBdigital, and Cloud Library; recorded book talks and book discussions to supplement cancelled in-person book clubs and discussions; and so much more.”
“Be sure to check out their website (www.natronacountylibrary.org) and follow along on Facebook (Facebook.com/NatronaLibrary) to get regular updates and join in on the digital programming.”
The library closed to the public on March 16 until further notice. Staff have been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the building.
“While the Library book drop will remain open during the closure, there will be no accrued overdue or late fees,” the library adds. “Patrons are encouraged to keep their books, DVDs, and other library materials until May 1. Current holds will be held until May 4.”
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.