While we are resuming in-person operations to the public, we will be doing that on a very limited basis. Even though we are so excited to see all your faces again, our primary concern remains the health of our community and our staff members. Because limiting physical contact between people is the best strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19, we intend to implement procedures to promote distancing. At this time, we’ve drafted a plan that aligns with the phases of opening outlined in Badger Bounce Back.


When we open the doors, we will be limiting the number of people in the building to ten at one time. Due to the lack of structured activity in the space, we feel that limiting to ten is the best way to ensure people can maintain a distance of six feet from one another. We intend to indicate somewhere out front how many people we are able to serve at that time.


Our hours will be reduced to M-F, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.


We will open our front (street) doors for entrance, and you can exit through the south (parking lot) doors. When weather permits, we will prop the doors to minimize touch and to bring outdoor air in.


If you are feeling ill, as always, we ask that you please avoid visiting. If you have holds or overdue materials you’re concerned about, call us and we’ll make a plan with you.


Things we’ve done to the space to reduce personal contact:

  • Removed toys and kids’ computers

  • Shut down the self-check station

  • Reduced the number of chairs at tables and reduced the number of computers available

  • Closed indoor book drop so we can quarantine materials before processing them

  • Placed plexiglass barriers between staff and patrons at the desk

  • Reduced the checkout station to one

  • Created visible demarcations for 6’ of personal space at desk

  • Will clean the service desk surfaces between patrons

  • Enhanced services like tech tutoring and unemployment assistance will be available by appointment only, and when possible, will be done virtually

  • Suspended programs and Arps room for now


We ask, during this soft opening, that you keep the following in mind when you visit the library:

  • Curbside pickup is still available. If you can complete your transaction that way, it is preferred.

  • If you do enter the building, please utilize the hand sanitizer station as you enter and be mindful of the spaces you come in contact with when inside.

  • Since there’s a capacity limit, please keep visits brief and try to limit the number of simultaneous visitors from your household.

  • If we note that a wait is forming outside the library, we may have to ask you to leave. This is only to allow service to the next patron, and not because we don’t love you.

  • Staff will be wearing some protective gear to reduce the possibility of transmission. Remember, masks don’t necessarily protect the wearer as much as they protect those around the wearer. We ask that if it is possible for you, that you please also wear a mask.

  • We will be asking you to scan your own library card and materials. Again, this is just another responsible mitigation strategy; we simply want to keep your items as untouched as possible.

  • To allow for more patrons in the building at one time, we also have to reduce our staffing. As we offer curbside pickup, the staff available at the desk may be limited. Please be patient with us.


Please remember: this is the public library. We will engage in as many reasonable and sustainable mitigation strategies as possible, but can make no guarantees about our space. The nature of our materials is that they pass hand to hand to hand. The nature of our service desk is serving one person after another. Treat our space as you would any busy building and treat our materials as you would your groceries.


The library staff and board are so grateful for your patience over the last two months, and moving forward. We look forward to continuing to serve you with new best practices in mind to keep you, the New Holstein community, and our staff healthy. And we’ll all stay calm, wash our hands a lot, and move forward slowly, responsibly, and together.


We will update this webpage as new information is available.

Thank you for understanding. 

Last Updated: 5/21/2020 2:00 PM 

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