Over the past several weeks, Wisconsin has seen a spike in Covid infections and is now a national hotspot for spread of the virus. In an effort to protect the community, while also staying open, the Lodi Public Library has made a couple of changes.
Starting the week of October 12th, the Lodi Public Library will have slightly different hours of operation. The new hours will be Monday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This slight change in hours will allow staff to have more overlapping shifts to provide breaks from wearing masks, and will also allow for desk coverage if a staff member should have to stay home for any reason.
This week we removed all of the tables and some of the chairs in the library’s public spaces. We still have chairs for patrons to sit in while they look at books or read a magazine or newspaper, and the computers and copy machine are still open. However, the tables with group seating have encouraged longer stays in the library, sometimes by patrons who were not always willing to abide by the library’s mask policy.
Our hope is that if we create reasonable rules and hours and the community continues the care and respect it’s already demonstrated, then we can make it through this epidemic with less disruption to our essential services. You can read more about this on the Library’s website.
The Lodi Public Library was founded in 1901 by the Lodi Woman’s Club, allowing the entire community to benefit from the club’s growing collection of resources. The Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library mission is to be a vital partner in our broad communities’ quality of life and commitment to lifelong learning by providing free, non-discriminatory access to diverse information, materials, services, and programs.