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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions:

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Update: ALL programming will be cancelled until 3/23, and all meeting rooms closed

We are closely monitoring developments pertaining to COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus. We encourage community members, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay away from public spaces such as the library as much as possible. If you are feeling ill avoid contact with other people. Social distancing is one key way to slow the spread of the illness. Please keep in mind, as a public space, the Library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the Library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family. As a reminder, the Library has many digital services available to you for free.

Out of caution and care for our community members, starting Saturday 3/14 and initially, until Monday 3/23, we are taking the following measures:

  • The children’s play area will be closed.
  • The Youth Room will be closed.
  • All programming is canceled until 3/23, and all meeting rooms closed.
  • The usage of public access computers will be restricted to adults only. We would encourage patrons to limit the use of the Technology Center to short time periods and essential needs only.

Please check back for updates as we may announce additional restrictions on services as the situation evolves.

Great Plains Music Program Cancellation

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Due to concerns about COVID-19, we will be postponing the March 26th Michael McDonald event. To those of you who have already purchased tickets: we will plan on rescheduling at a later date, and your tickets will be good for the later event. Stay tuned for updates!

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Edie’s Book Sale this Weekend

Edie’s Book Shop is a monthly sale operated by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Stop by for fantastic deals on gently used (and often new) books! There’s something for everyone here, and every cent goes back into supporting the operation of the library’s programming. In fact, the proceeds from Edie’s Book Shop sales play a major part in helping us run the Summer Reading Program.

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Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

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Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Book Chatter

Wondering what to read next? Want to talk about a book you’ve been enjoying? Join us for Book Chatter this Friday!

Everyone is invited to this casual group meetup. Bring a book to discuss or just sit in and listen!

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Lunch & Learn this Friday

Join us for Lunch & Learn this Friday as we delve into the world of electronic resources available at the Vermillion Public Library! Learn how to access free e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, music, movies, and online classes with your library card! Lunch will be served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food as well.