Hello, library friends.
The Newton County Library is closed, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, through Saturday, March 28, 2020. After much consideration, the Newton County Library Board of Trustees decided to follow the same closure guidelines mandated by Governor Asa Hutchinson for Arkansas schools. In addition to closing Arkansas schools, Governor Hutchinson recommended avoiding public interaction to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and SARS-CoV-2. We are trying to do our part.
Staff is available during regular business hours to answer phones, respond to emails, and provide assistance to our community in whatever way we can during this unusual time, but the public is restricted from entering the building. NCL has extended the due date to April 6 for all currently checked-our materials. Items will not be charged late fees during this time. All programs and events scheduled for March are cancelled and will be rescheduled if possible. Wi-fi is available and accessible from NCL's parking lot, if you need Internet access.
Given the unsual circumstances, NCL's operational changes will be continually evaluated and adjusted as necessary. We will post updates to our Facebook page (@newtoncountylibraryark), as well as resource information and links, and other material that we feel is helpful, informative, educational, or interesting. Important updates will also be sent via our newsletter email list and posted to this website.
To whatever extent possible, we suggest that community members follow guidelines and recommendations as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These organizations provide accurate, up-to-date information. ADH and the CDC recommend the following steps to protect yourself and others: Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and others in your community. Stay home if you're sick. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wear a facemask if you are sick and have to be around others. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Closing the library was not an easy decision, but we feel it is the best right decision for our community, particularly to help protect the elderly and those with health conditions who are more vulnerable to this virus. We love and value you. Our greatest hope is that COVID-19 will have a minimal impact on our community, that things will quickly return to normal, and we'll be seeing, visiting, and serving you as we love to do.
Newton County is a strong community, and one of our greatest characteristics is that we come together and help each other in difficult times. This time, we must come together by putting distance between ourselves and others but helping each other as we must at the same time. We ask for your patience, understanding, and kindness, and we ask that you offer the same to your neighbors.
Your library loves you!