Milne Library Closed Until Further Notice

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Updated 3/17/2020

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we remain closed until further notice. With the aim of reducing exposure and "flattening the curve," the book drop is now locked and no returns will be accepted. Although fines will not be accrued during this time, we ask that no items be left outside of the library. Any library item left outside the building may be subject to replacement fees.

As staff will no longer be reporting to work, please do not leave phone messages. If you need to contact the library, please use the Contact Us form on this website.

The Milne Public Library Board of Trustees voted today, Friday, March 13, 2020, to close the library until further notice due to the health and safety risks of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).

We are sorry for this inconvenience, but due to the seriousness of this pandemic, we need to be extra cautious in order to keep our staff, volunteers, and community as safe as possible. We are all having to change the way we go about our daily practices and it is with great regret that we cannot safely continue to provide our robust services to the community.

We are in communication with Town officials and other agencies about how to best proceed. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn new information.

Resources and Helpful Links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Your COVID-19 Game Plan (from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center)

How Does COVID-19 Spread? (from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center)

What You Need to Know About Handwashing (CDC - YouTube video)

Fake Facts Are Flying About Coronavirus. Now There's a Plan to Debunk Them (NPR, 2/21/20)

This is a rapidly evolving situation and our decision is subject to review and revision according to updated information we receive from established authorities on the state and federal levels. We are reminding everyone of simple steps we should all take to remain healthy:

  • Stay home if you’re sick, showing symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who may be ill. We are asking this of our staff and volunteers, as well as members of the public.

  • If you are in a population that has been identified as being more vulnerable to the virus, please use your best judgment regarding public travel.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your arm and elbow.

  • Regularly disinfect cell phones and keyboards.