Wilton Library sanitizes doors and more in light of coronavirus

Wilton Library is offering virtual programs on finding a job, cooking, and what happens to one's brain during stressful events like the pandemic.

Wilton Library is offering virtual programs on finding a job, cooking, and what happens to one’s brain during stressful events like the pandemic.

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WILTON — As an illustration of just how quickly things are changing, Wilton Library has sent two emails to patrons in a matter of days regarding coronavirus.

On March 4, Wilton Library announced the steps it is taking to address the possible risks presented by the coronavirus. Five days later, on March 9, after the first presumptive positive case or coronavirus was identified in a Wilton resident, the library announced it is calling off all programs this month based on recommendations from local and state agencies.

The library’s executive director Elaine Tai-Lauria said, “Given the circumstances in our community, we have decided to take a proactive approach across the board and postpone or cancel programs. The library is the cultural and intellectual heart of this community, but we do not feel it is appropriate to encourage large scale gatherings at this time.”

Postponed are the Human Library, originally scheduled for March 21 and the 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala, planned for March 28. Both of these popular events will be rescheduled for another time.

Beginning Monday, the library canceled its other programs, including an author talk with The New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, a Hot & Cool jazz concert, and all adult, teen, and children’s programs, as well as maker space programs through the end of March. This includes programs held by outside groups at the library.

The library building will remain open to patrons including the internet computers.

“We are here for people to utilize the services of the library on an individual basis. We only ask that people be considerate of others and if not feeling well, please be a hero and stay home,” Tai-Lauria said.

In her March 4 email, Tai-Lauria said the library is “working diligently to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff.”

Specifically, she said the custodial crew is sanitizing doors, door handles, railings and service desks after the library closes each evening.

Hand sanitizers have been affixed through the library for use by staff and patrons.

Flyers from the Centers for Disease Control are available for patrons to take home.

The email includes a link to resources: https://www.wiltonlibrary.org/coronavirus-COVID19. The page includes links to the CDC, National Institutes of Health, and state health departments in New York and Connecticut; a video with World Health Organization’s Dr. Peter Lin; and tips for caregivers, parents and teachers.

Through the library’s Digital Services, patrons also can download e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines, and stream music, movies, TV shows and more using their Wilton Library cards. The library’s online databases also are available 24/7. To learn how to get started, patrons may visit the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Digital Library or call the reference desk at 203-762-6350.

Patrons also are welcome to use the drive-thru window on Godfrey Place to pick up or return borrowed items; and they can use the blue drop box in the parking lot to return their items.