Library Programs, Meetings, and COVID-19

Reading, MA — On March 10, Governor Baker declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Following the Governor’s actions, and out of an abundance of caution, the Reading Public Library is canceling all public meetings and programs effective Friday, March 13 through April 17.

  • The library will be open regular hours at this time.
  • If you have booked a meeting room contact the library to reschedule or receive a refund, 781-944-0840,
  • Our custodians have increased cleaning of high touch surfaces and areas with high foot traffic.
  • We are replacing the hand sanitizer liquid in our dispensers with a higher alcohol-based product (at least 60% alcohol) which has been recommended by the Center for Disease Control to inactivate the coronavirus.
  • Hand sanitizers and wipes are available at all service desks as well as near computer stations.

Per the School Department: we want to continue to emphasize that taking the necessary precautions will help limit your exposure to the COVID-19 virus. As with seasonal flu and strep infections, there are general precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible.

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Our Children’s Librarians can show you how:
  • Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

The Boston Public Library has created a page on its website with relevant and timely information.

Stay safe and remember we do not have fines, and you can always access our online resources from home. We are here if you have any questions about the collection or online resources, call 781-944-0840. 

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