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Eau Claire’s Public Library Closes Until at Least April 6

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In a press release last night (March 16) the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library announced its closure – effective now – until at least April 6. You can read a letter from Library Director Pamela Westby here. Details ...

“While there are no confirmed cases in Eau Claire County at this time, the Board of Trustees wanted to be proactive to protect the vulnerable populations we serve and the vulnerable populations who work and volunteer for the library,” says Library Director Pamela Westby. “Unfortunately, even with introducing increased cleaning measures, removing toys and digital devices, spreading out computers, and cancelling programs, we do not believe we have effectively implemented social distancing protocols or that our disinfecting protocols can keep up with the increased usage.”

Library book drops will also be closed. Customers are asked to keep their materials until after the library reopens. All due dates will be extended, and no fines will be incurred.

The library will continue to provide the many digital services customers have come to love, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming movies, TV and music services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more. All of these services are available through the Digital Media page of the library website. Additionally, library staff are exploring virtual storytimes and other concepts for virtual services.

They also encourage those who may be self-distancing to enjoy some of the library’s digital collections. "See what Eau Claire looked like back in “the day,” learn more about your family history, or start building up your “to read” list."