Date: March 11, 2020
Contact: A. Issac Pulver, Director
Saratoga Springs Public Library Responds to Public Health Emergency
At its regular meeting on March 9, Saratoga Springs Public Library's Board of Trustees approved a "Public Health Emergency Response Plan" that, among other things, outlines actions that the library might take in a pandemic, from cancelling programs and meetings, to reducing hours, to temporary closure.
“We are aware that there is widespread anxiety about COVID-19, especially now that two cases have been reported in Saratoga County,” said Library Director, Issac Pulver. “We are frequently disinfecting surfaces such as desks, tables, handrails, toys, and computer keyboards; providing hand sanitizer and frequently refilling soap dispensers throughout the building; and implementing social distancing measures such as removing seating from the public computing area in order to provide extra space between patrons.”
Effective immediately, the following steps are in place:
Other safety measures in place include:
“We encourage everyone, patrons and staff alike, who is feeling unwell to stay home and to practice the advice given by the CDC to wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your face,” said Pulver. “We also encourage people planning to attend library programs to check the events calendar on the library’s website frequently, as this is an evolving situation and some program presenters, such as our therapy dog handlers, have canceled, and some library outreach visits, particularly to seniors, have been cancelled by our hosts.”
A link to the full Public Health Emergency Response Plan can be found on the Library’s website at https://www.sspl.org/about/policies/health_emergency_response/
Location: Saratoga Springs Public Library
THE LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE TO LOCAL AND STATE RECOMMENDATIONS AND MANDATES.
In the interim, please refer to our website at www.sspl.org, and our social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and resources. SSPL is committed to keeping our community INFORMED, INSPIRED, and ENTERTAINED during the library closure.