In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Plum Lake Public Library in Sayner recently released a statement saying it is prioritizing the safety and health of its staff and patrons.

“The health and safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to the Plum Lake Public Library,” said library Director Emilie Braunel. “We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Vilas County Health Department.”

The library will continue to monitor the situation and plan ahead for changing circumstances, but for the time being, all library services, programs and outreach is on hold. The library will be closed from now through Sunday, April 5.  

During the closure, the library’s book drop will also be closed. Braunel said there is an extended checkout time to April 11 with no fines during the closure. Patrons are asked to hold onto their materials until the library reopens. More details are available at the library’s website or Facebook page.  

“We are actively encouraging patrons to use our library services remotely via our website, Braunel said. “OverDrive and Libby provide free downloadables and streaming content. Gale Courses are also free with your library card. Plus, there are free online classes, databases and other research tools available anytime and from anywhere.”

Braunel noted that staff are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying up to date on information from federal, state and local agencies, health organizations and other experts. Further impacts to Plum Lake Public Library will be posted via the library’s website at plumlakelibrary.org and the library’s Facebook page.