An Important Update from the Winter Park Library
As you know, the situation around the outbreak of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is changing rapidly.
In the interest of the health and well-being of our community, the Winter Park Library will close at 5pm today, March 17, until further notice. All classes and events are also cancelled through the month of April.
It's important that we all do our part to help "flatten the curve" and follow guidelines set forth from the CDC and the White House. No one wants to be responsible for causing harm to our elderly or immunocompromised friends, neighbors, and family.
What to Expect
The Library will be closed to the public, but online and virtual services will continue. We want to help you stay connected to knowledge and resources during this disruptive time:
- Breathe easy -- no items are due while we're closed. Please keep your items at home because the Book Drops will not be accessible.
- Items on hold will remain on hold for you so you won't lose your place in line.
- We're increasing the checkout limits on OverDrive and Hoopla to 25 per card.
- We are investing even more in eBooks and digital audiobooks. With your library card, this is a great time to explore our entire virtual collection, including ebooks and audiobooks with OverDrive, streaming TV, movies and music with Hoopla, premium research databases via our website, digital magazines with Flipster, and online learning with Lynda.
We also encourage you to contact our staff for virtual assistance from home:
- Have a general or research-related question? Need some tech advice? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Looking for ideas on what to read with your kids or fun learning activities to do? Staff at email@example.com can help.
- Lost your Library card or need to get one? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set you up quick and easy. We're waiving all fees for lost cards, too.
We will use our website and social media to communicate any continued changes in service. The Library takes the spread of COVID-19 very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. If additional cancellations or closures are necessary, we will announce them on our social media accounts and on our website.
Additional Resources and Information
The Florida Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions about coronavirus. The number is 407-723-5004. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Department of Health is also operating a COVID-19 hotline, which can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-779-6121. Questions can also be emailed to COVIDemail@example.com.
Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Center.
The Washington Post: "Social distancing could buy U.S. valuable time against coronavirus." March 10, 2020.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Fact Sheet: "Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation." Dec. 2014. Downloadable PDF.
NewsGuard: "Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center." A list of websites publishing false coronavirus information, organized by country. Updated often.