Beloit Public Library is monitoring federal, state, county, and local agencies as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. We also are keeping an eye on what others in the library world are doing – both nationally and regionally. Libraries are important public spaces that provide vital services to the communities we serve.
 
While we currently remain open and maintain business as usual, we want you to know that we are taking extra care with our daily cleaning regimen and encouraging our staff and patrons to exercise basic precautions for the prevention of the spread of germs, including thorough handwashing, social distancing, and staying home when sick.
 
A few events hosted by outside groups have been cancelled: Story Time with SDB scheduled for 3/14, BMHS Spring Musical Preview scheduled for 3/14, Mark Pocan Town Hall scheduled for 3/19, and LEGO Showcase scheduled for 3/28.
 
For patrons looking for material to read, watch, and/or listen, consider staying at home and our online streaming resources such as Hoopla, Libby, and Overdrive. If you have materials coming due, you can renew them through your account on our SHARE catalog, in the BookMyne catalog app, or by calling our main line at (608) 364-2905. Our drive-up book drop on the south side of our building is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
While Beloit Public Library currently remains open maintaining business as usual, the situation is changing rapidly, so please stay posted for any updates.
 
As for our partner agencies who reside in Beloit Public Library:
• Blackhawk Technical College is currently on spring break and will not hold classes at BPL until the end of March, if not later. All classes will be held online beginning Wednesday, March 18. (Monday and Tuesday classes are cancelled.)
• Stateline Literacy Council is still scheduled to hold classes until end of semester. The fate of next week’s fundraiser at Thirsty Badger is yet to be decided.
• FSET Program is limiting its footprint to one person meeting clients per day at BPL.
 
Please refer to these trusted resources for additional information about COVID-19:
• https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• https://www.co.rock.wi.us/publichealth
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