CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri – The Cape Girardeau Public Library, in the best interests of patrons and staff, will remain closed until further notice.
The Library closed its doors on March 17th with the hopes of reopening by April 6th. Unfortunately, due to the rapidly changing health crisis in the Cape Girardeau community, the closure must be extended.
Local, State, and Federal agencies have asked all Americans to do their part to lessen the impact that COVID-19 will have on the country by practicing social distancing. The library closing their doors is their effort to do their part to keep the community healthy. Katie Hill, Library Director, said “while this was a tough decision, the well-being of our staff and patrons is paramount.” Hill also stated that library materials are not due during the closure. “All physical materials currently checked out will not be due until we reopen. Patrons will not be charged overdue fines during the closure and we ask that patrons keep any materials that they have at home until the library reopens.”
While the physical library is closed, patrons are encouraged to access their digital branch. The digital collection can be accessed at www.capelibrary.org by clicking on the Digital Branch link. Through the Digital Branch, patrons have access to audiobooks, magazines, videos and ebooks through the Overdrive/Libby and RBDigital apps. They also provide access to genealogy resources, resume help, computer skills training, and vehicle repair manuals; just to name a few.
If community members do not have a library card and would like to gain access to the digital collection, they may contact library staff at email@example.com to be issued a temporary library card. Staff are available for assistance with accessing the digital collection through the firstname.lastname@example.org email or through our Facebook page.
Library staff are also working hard to create online content for patrons, both young and old. This content, including story times, crafts demonstrations, and activities that families can do from home during this time of social distancing, can be found via the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
“We miss our patrons and we know that our patrons miss coming to the library. We are all eager to reopen the library as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are working hard to find new ways to interact with our patrons and increasing our digital offerings. Please watch our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.” Hill said.
For more information about this closure, visit www.capelibrary.org/covid-19-information/.