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picture of handwashingCoronavirus and your library

April 3, 2020, 2:30 pm

Rock Island Libraries Closed Through April 30, per the Governor's Extension of the Stay at Home order

As part of our library’s commitment to work within health guidelines and recommended prevention strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Rock Island Public Library locations will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. Routes for our Mobile Library2Go have been suspended for the time being.

In-person library events and community room use cancelled for April and May. Watch our Facebook page for virtual programming, including Online Storytimes at 10:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Many of our digital products are featuring expanded home use. 

At the present time, the library plans to reopen after the Governor's Stay at Home order expires, at a date to be named later. Please watch for further announcements. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will update staff and patrons as we are able as situations change. Please visit this page for  periodic updates, and watch for updates via email or social media. 

The one thing it's OK to Hoard - Library Materials!

  • The book drop will be closed for the duration.
  • Please do not return items during the closure.
  • Library materials due dates have been automatically extended until May 29, 2020. (new date!) 
  • No late fees will be accrued during the closure.
  • Expiring cards automatically extended through June 1, 2020 so you can continue to use the library’s digital content and online learning services.
  • Expiration dates for previously placed holds will be extended thorugh June 12. This will keep your holds available once the holds function and inter-library delivery services are restored. (Watch for news from us once these functions are restored.) 

Residents who do not have a card may apply for an eCard during the closure so that they use digital services. To apply for an RIPL eCard, you must live in the Rock Island Public Library service area. We have temporarily extended the age limit to 14 years of age or older. The online application is available on the library website under Get a Card.

System-wide delivery has been suspended as well. Because there is no delivery of library materials, all items previously placed on hold will be suspended until services begin again.

Stop the Rumor Mill! 
FEMA has opened a special website for Coronavirus Rumor Control.

Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing three easy things:

  1. Don’t believe the rumors.
  2. Don’t pass them along.
  3. Go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.

Please check the site at this link for the most accurate facts known at this time, and to avoid falling victim to the scams already circulating. 

Where else to get facts and help about this issue:

  • Business Resources - Links and COVID-19 emergency response from the Quad City Chamber of Commerce 
  • Looking for grants? Foundation Directory Online available for home use through a special link on our website! 

When to stay home

At any sign of sickness, such as cough, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.

  • According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • We encourage any concerned residents, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure.

What to do when in public spaces

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue, then throw that tissue into the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

How to keep using your library without visiting us in person

For parents who want to support learning while children are at home, the Rock Island Library offers World Book Online encyclopedias, Brainfuse HelpNow online tutoring/skill building resources, and Scholastic BookFlix. Please see Online Tools or Homework Help for links.

World Book Online available for use by the entire community through the duration of stay-at-home! 

As a public service,  Scholastic has also opened up access to Scholastic Learn at Home,  which offers daily learning journeys for four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9.

If you have not had a chance to explore our digital offerings now is a great time. You can find links to access these through this website. The DeKalb Public Library has also compiled a list of online museums and other learning servicesMost of the listed sites are open access and do not require a DKPL card.

Our interest is to continue serving your library needs while maintaining the safety and health of our staff and public. Please continue watching this page for updates.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.



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