Dexter District Library will resume limited service on Monday, March 16

With the announcement by the Dexter Community Schools of their closure and the Governor’s closure of all schools in the State, the Dexter District Library will be closing to support the greater community during this public health crisis.  We recognize this will be an inconvenience and apologize for the disruption in standard service.  Our goal is to help keep all our community members safe during this highly communicable outbreak.

The Library will be completely closed from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15.

The Library will resume limited service on Monday, March 16.  Limited service will run until Monday, April 6.  This may change as recommendations from local public health authorities are updated.  Limited service includes continued closure of the building to the public, with curbside pickup of materials offered.  Please check back frequently for updates on service hours.  All returned items will be placed into a 72 hour quarantine before handled to allow time for the mitigation of the virus – you may not see items come off your account right away that you have returned but all returns will be fine free.

All programs and meeting room reservations will be cancelled through April 5.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust our approach based on recommendations from public health authorities.

The Library is monitoring the recommendations from the Washtenaw County Health Department and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.  Preventative measures recommended by the Washtenaw County Health Department include:

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones/handheld devices.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is available from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes many commonly used products.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Additional mitigation strategies, issued by the Michigan Governor’s Office can be found here:

Wash. Co. Health Dept site
MDHHS state site
CDC Covid site

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