Expanded Hours + Services

New Policy for Ages 15 and Under

Our priority is keeping library visitors and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. One way we can keep children and young teens safe is to ensure they are supervised by an adult while spending time at the library. When school is in session, we have large groups of kids coming to the library when school is dismissed. We have a capacity limit in the building due to guidance from public health officials and the need to maintain social distancing.  The library cannot accommodate groups, nor can we provide supervision for kids that includes making sure they are wearing masks and practicing social distancing.  Beginning August 24, 2020, all visitors age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or other adult, age 18 and over.  This policy will be in effect until our region enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. We understand that kids need the library and they can still visit—with adult supervision that library staff cannot provide. 
The Douglass Branch will not be affected by the policy and will operate as usual in terms of use by children and teens.  Due to its smaller size, staff is better able to monitor and control number of people in the building, social distancing, and the wearing of masks. 

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on July 29, 2020.

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