News & Announcements
After School at the Library and CLC, Fall 2020
The Public Library and CLC is a popular and welcoming after-school spot for our middle school and high school kids. But our response to the pandemic has created several new restrictions and service changes this Fall. Parents, Caregivers and Students should consider alternatives to the Library for extended after-school recreation and study.
Students, Parents and Caregivers should be aware of the following expectations after school at the Library:
- Face coverings and physical distancing will be enforced inside. If you want to be closer to your friends than we can allow, you're welcome to be close outside.
- Sit in a chair if you want to stay. But we have removed many chairs inside to help us support physical distancing. Expect to be turned away if all the chairs are full.
- Furniture may not be moved for study or socializing. Chairs are placed where they are for physical distancing. Moving the chairs defeats this purpose.
- 1 hour visits are the longest we recommend. The Library is a unique enclosed public gathering place that cannot maintain the same social and environmental controls as the schools. For this reason we recommend a 1 hour visit to reduce potential exposure to the virus. This also means that when school ends at 3 and parent pickup is at 5, the student will not be able to stay in the Library that whole time. Discuss alternative waiting and pickup locations.
- Always show your Panther P.R.I.D.E. inside and outside of the Library.
Starting Monday 7/20 the Community Learning Center (CLC) will have a face covering requirement for all customers over the age of 4. This requirement is a response to recent increases in cases of community coronavirus spread in our Village and County, as well as the CDC's emphasis that face coverings and physical distancing are the most effective methods for reducing spread when outside the home. It is also an acknowledgement that the CLC is an indoor gathering space where unrelated members of the public interact in a variety of ways for extended periods. Those choosing to use the CLC must follow this requirement to ensure that the services of the Library and Park and Recreation Department continue to be available.Customers who do not supply their own should stop at the Library Information Desk.
NOW OPEN for limited in-person service using a phased-in plan
Starting Monday 7/20 the Community Learning Center (CLC) will have a face covering requirement for all customers over the age of 4. This requirement is a response to recent increases in cases of community coronavirus spread in our Village and County, as well as the CDC's emphasis that face coverings and physical distancing are the most effective methods for reducing spread when outside the home. It is also an acknowledgement that the CLC is an indoor gathering space where unrelated members of the public interact in a variety of ways for extended periods. Those choosing to use the CLC must follow this requirement to ensure that the services of the Library and Park and Recreation Department continue to be available.
Customers who do not supply their own should stop at the Library Information Desk. Customers over the age of 60 may receive a free reusable cloth mask at the Health Department.
Update 6/8 8:30 AM:
We will continue to offer curbside service for the foreseeable future, including during in-person service hours, with the goal of helping our at-risk customers and reserving the limited building capacity for those whose needs for in-person service are critical. The Library is following the Greendale Health Department’s guidance for safe business reopening. For the foreseeable future, the Library will have limited hours and services.
We are happy to provide our customers with expanded library services in a safe and responsible manner. Please note that the Library and Community Learning Center are unique enclosed gathering places where health and hygiene practices are essential to keeping staff and community well. We will do our best to clean surfaces at recommended levels, but cannot ensure an environment free of viruses and pathogens. Please keep this in mind when considering whether an in-person visit is right for you.
Masks are highly recommended for all customers, so please supply your own. Staff wear masks as well. Sneeze guards are installed at the main service desks which may make service clumsy at times. Building capacity is currently limited to 50%, or approximately 50 people at a time. Computer time limits are adjusted to 1 hour maximum per day. Recommended visit length is also 1 hour total. Markings can be found on the floor to help maintain social distance and encourage one way traffic flow. Staffing levels are decreased, so wait times for service may be longer than usual. Assistance at computers and the photocopier will be limited due to the need for staff and customers to maintain a 6 foot distance. Hand sanitizers and solutions are in limited supply, so please bring your own if you feel you need them. We recommend hand washing before, during, and after your library visit.
Changes to our phased reopening, including further expanding open hours, will be done in consultation with the Greendale Health Department. The Library website is the best place for the most up-to-date information about changes.
HOW CURBSIDE PICKUP WORKS:
Call the library during the curbside hours above, we'll find items for you to borrow from what's currently available in our collection. As of May 1 we're still unable to request library materials from other Milwaukee County libraries due to lack of regular delivery service.
We'll schedule a pickup appointment with you. Pickups are offered every 15 minutes throughout the curbside hours. Please note that this service is extremely popular. Recent pickup appointments have been scheduled out 3 days in advance.
HINT - before calling do an Advanced Search in the library catalog and select Greendale in the "Location" drop-down menu. This will help you find things in our library more quickly.
At the Library:
Park in the designated pickup parking space adjacent to the library entrance. Use your cell phone to call the special pickup phone number printed on the parking space sign. We'll bring your items out to you and place them on the pickup table. Walkers and bicyclists please follow the same procedure.
Be mindful of physical distance when exiting your car to retrieve them from the table.
If you need special acommodation to place the items in your vehicle, please note that at the time of your call. You may pop your trunk for staff, but we encourage you to exit your vehicle to close the door on your own.
If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know at the time of your original call to request library items. You may knock on the door to let us know you're here.
All pickup items are already checked out to you before your appointment.
Why by appointment? - appointments help us discourage congregating groups, and manage the flow of materials while the library is being operated by a very small on-site crew.
Curbside pickup elsewhere - Most other libraries in Milwaukee County also offer some form of curbside pickup service. If there are items you want from these libraries, check this MCFLS listing for updated information about other library hours and types of services available.
Due dates - all library materials currently checked out have had due dates automatically extended to June 1. You may return them at any time in our book drop, open 24-7.
Update 3/25 8:30 AM:
In cooperation with Govner Evers Safer at Home Orders, the library will be closed through May.
Update 3/19 10:30 AM:
The library board voted at the March 18 meeting to keep the library closed until at least April 2.
Update 3/18 9:30 AM:
To find information about MCFLS during the shut down check out MCFLS's website.
Update 3/16 12:30 PM:
The Library will be closed to the public starting Tuesday 3/17. No phone service or curbside delivery service will be available until further notice. A planned reopening date will be determined in the near future and shared when it is confirmed.
If you have library materials checked out, please follow the due dates printed on your receipt, in your checkout confirmation email, displayed in your CountyCat online record, or stated on the telephone renewal service.
Update 3/14 3:00 PM:
The Library expects to continue normal hours and service unless directed otherwise by our local Health Department professionals. Up-to-date status changes in hours will be posted here, on our Facebook page, and on our Google for Business listing.
Update 3/13 11:00 AM
In the last 12 hours you’ve heard about cancelation of several Greendale School District extracurricular programs. The Clover Crawl has also had some aspects canceled but the event will still occur (canceled are: chili samples and contest, slime making, Hose Tower music/food/market).
Despite these cancelations the Library will continue to offer extended hours (to 5PM), craft, performance and clover search, to support the businesses and residents who do come out.
Despite measures taken at other Milwaukee area libraries, we continue to refrain from substantive changes to our services or environment unless it is recommended we do otherwise by our local health professionals.
Update 3/12 5:00 PM
COVID-19: GREENDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY'S RESPONSE & FURTHER INFORMATION
At this time, the library is operating normally.
We are in close communication with the Greendale Health Department and the Greendale School District. The Greendale Health Department is monitoring this dynamic situation and will alert us when they believe it is time for the Library, its staff and customers, to take additional steps beyond the prevention guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
What is Greendale Public Library doing?
Please keep in mind that as a public space, the library cannot guarantee contagion-free environments or physical materials despite our best efforts. Please consider if using library materials or visiting the library or other public spaces is best for you and your family during this time.
Library Cleaning: A private cleaning company spends 3-5 hours cleaning the library each night. They use high-quality disinfectants for the elimination of bacteria and viruses. These products are used for sanitizing the bathrooms and high-touch areas such as counter and table tops and door knobs. Library staff clean public computer keyboards and mice using similarly effective wipes while our supplies last.
Library Materials Cleaning: Library materials like books and DVDs are not cleaned unless visibly dirty and soiled. The nature and high volume of library materials handled by staff each day makes sanitizing every item impractical. You may choose to wipe the exterior of library materials using your own supplies when you borrow or return them.
Toys and activity stations provided for use within the library are also cleaned. Some difficult-to-clean toys are being temporarily removed. Again, the library cannot guarantee a contagion-free environment, so your discretion about exposure will be your guide in a decision to use these library resources during this time.
Staff and Patron Hygiene: We encourage the simple and effective practice of frequent hand-washing, per CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer is not being made available due to limited supply.
Library Programs and Events: Are being held as scheduled. These activities draw many fewer than 250 attendees per event, the vast majority of whom come from the immediate area. Additionally, their settings do not require sustained interaction between attendees in close proximity. If you are a member of a vulnerable group, let discretion be your guide in your decision to attend.
Library Services: We are in discussion with the Milwaukee County Federated Library System and its member libraries to identify ways in which traditional library services may be affected, such as automatically extending due dates or freezing holds, with a focus on reducing negative impact to our customers. These decisions will ideally be made on a system-wide level so that all customers are treated equally despite their place of residence.
If you are choosing to stay home there are many online library resources to keep you company!
Browse our collection of digital books, magazines, music and movies, available to you from home, 24/7.