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COVID-19: Home

Information about library program cancellations, as well as links to other COVID-19 sites for libraries and Connecticut.

Data collection efforts

As part of the Division of Library Development’s statutory requirement to collect data for state and national statistical reporting, we are requesting that any library suspending or canceling programs and/or services such as homebound delivery report that information to State Data Coordinator Maria Bernier at maria.bernier@ct.gov. See the current lists of closings, cancellations, and continued services at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/COVID-19/closings.

Please report:

  • Date of suspension or cancelation of services and programming
  • Specific programming suspended or canceled ex. adult vs. children’s programming
  • Whether municipality or library initiated suspension or cancelation
  • Date when services and or programming resumed (we understand this will be reported at a later date)

Public Health Related Issues Pertaining to Public Libraries:

The governance and organizational structure of public libraries in CT impacts how libraries should seek guidance. Public libraries should defer to local authorities on issues of public health emergencies. Libraries can also seek authoritative guidance from CT Department of Public Health, UCONN Health and ultimately the CDC.

Good News from Libraries

Please send us your good news! How many new library cards have you issued this week? How did your first online storytime go? (Email maria.bernier@ct.gov)

3/27 from Preston Public Library: Our good news is that we're offering patrons needing cards temporary digital cards. We are also updating our collection through a large weeding project. And our social media presence is growing.

3/27 from Beardsley Library, Winsted: I've been amazed at the numbers I'm seeing in terms of engagement through social media, etc. We had over 200 new people follow us on Facebook in the last two weeks, and I personally made 25 new library cards/accounts in the last 24 hours. There are some positive things coming of this! People turn to their libraries in times of need. 

Working From Home

Are you working from home? How is it going? What trainings/advice/accomplishments would you like to share with others? (Email maria.bernier@ct.gov)

Additional Resources

Libraries

Webinars/Online Trainings

Connecticut

Other resources

How long does it last on surfaces? How do I clean?

From the UConn Health Sciences Library: The New England Journal of Medicine this week published research on how long the Covid-19 virus lasts in the air and on different surfaces:

  • On plastic: Undetectable after 72 hours.
  • On stainless steel: Undetectable after 48 hours. 
  • On cardboard: Undetectable by 24 hours. 
  • On copper: Undetectable by 8 hours.

For more information, please refer to authoritative sources at the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

State Data Coordinator

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Maria Bernier
Contact:
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
860-704-2204

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