Disclaimer: This page is dedicated to all the updates concerning the Vicksburg District Library during our extended closure of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The posts listed below may not concern patrons or facilities beyond the area of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo, or the state of Michigan. Thank you.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department has announced COVID-19 testing for those living in nursing homes and those who work there. The announcement below states:
“In Kalamazoo County, nine nursing homes will be tested with three sites conducting their own and the remaining six being conducted by National Guard members. Testing is offered to all residents and staff members of the skilled nursing facilities, with approximately 1500 people opting to participate today. The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department coordinated with state partners and nursing homes through the Area Agency on Aging IIIA staff.”
The full announcement can be downloaded below in English and Spanish.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan’s Economy, a website and document to help guide the reopening of the state of Michigan through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of us know the importance of getting the economy moving again. We have already loosened some restrictions on landscaping, construction, and manufacturing. But the worst thing we could do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made.”
The interactive MI Start Map and document can be found below.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
To our loyal patrons of the Vicksburg District Library:
On the afternoon of Thursday, May 21, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended our closure due to the novel COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) through Friday, June 12, 2020. The current situation with our closure is that Executive Order 2020-100 extended numerous other Executive Orders, including Executive Order 2020-69. We are closed because of the extension of Executive Order 2020-69, and are currently unable to provide curbside services for that reason. This has affected all libraries in the state of Michigan, including those in the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City areas, which are currently with experimenting with reopening certain services. A full list of the Executive Orders can be found on the State of Michigan website.
During this closure, Library Director Eric Hansen and the VDL Library Board have been having regular conversations about how to best serve the public in the future. We have been considering the professional guidance supplied by the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Service Department, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Library of Michigan. We are working to incorporate the best advice from medical professionals in order to keep our patrons and employees safe and healthy during this time.
While we are closed, we at the Vicksburg District Library are working hard to serve the community!
- Need something to read, listen to, or watch? Now is the time to download the OverDrive application to your electronic device. OverDrive is available in most device app stores. All you need to access the content is an active Vicksburg District Library card number. Is your card inactive or expired? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We might be able to help.
- Are your K-12 children struggling with some of their homework? We have several resources that can assist them, from tutoring in particular topics to preparing for college in the fall. We also have virtual tours of various museums and educational institutions to give them a brain break. Be sure to check out all the resources listed on our Helpful Resources: Kids, Helpful Resources: Teens& Tweens, and I’m Stuck Inside. Now What? (Kids) webpages. Know a great resource for any of these pages? You can also suggest them at email@example.com. We may add your suggestion to our resources!
- We are also still offering programming online for both youth and adults! Youth Librarian Stephanie (AKA Mrs. W) is still offering Story Time virtually through Facebook Live on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30am until further notice. Adults are not to be forgotten either. Librarian Adrianne will be holding So Whatcha Reading?, an open book discussion group via Zoom on select Thursday evenings. She is also continuing her online series of Books & Brews via Facebook Live. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events regularly to see when programming will be held, as well as information on how to access them.
- Lastly, we are always here to answer any questions you have, whether it is a reference question, a question about our closure, or any of steps we are taking to protect you and the community when we reopen. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Please give us 24 hours to reply as this is not a live chat and keep in mind we are still operating with limited resources away from the physical library environment.
We wish you all continued health and safety at this time and hope to see you all soon!
Friday, May 1, 2020
Last night, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the closure of various non-essential services and businesses, such as libraries, through May 28th via Executive Order 2020-69. The entirety of the Executive Order can be accessed at the link below.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The following was released from the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department regarding the latest COVID-19 death:
“Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) received notification of a death in Kalamazoo County attributed to COVID-19 yesterday. The individual was an older adult between the ages of 60-79 years and did not have underlying medical conditions. This brings the total number of deaths in Kalamazoo County to twelve (12), with all being 60+ years old.”
The full release can be downloaded below in English and Spanish.
Monday, April 27, 2020
The Vicksburg District Library has received the following notice from the Kalamazoo County Government about the open positions available for registered notices. The notice states the following:
“Kalamazoo County Government (KCG) is hiring registered nurses (RNs) for the Health & Community Services Department to assist with the local COVID-19 response efforts.
The temporary positions will be located in a 24-hour temporary isolation facility delivering nursing care, providing education, and conducting disease surveillance. Those hired will provide direct acute care services, active disease surveillance and education to Kalamazoo County homeless individuals to ensure appropriate investigation, and treatment and prevention of further transmission of disease while under quarantine for COVID-19 in a local 24-hour isolate and quarantine facility.”
The complete notice is available for download below in both English and Spanish. Please refer to the attached information with any questions or inquiries. Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Due to Executive Order 2020-59 issued by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer this afternoon, the Vicksburg District Library is to remain closed through at least May 15, 2020. The entirety of Executive Order 2020-59 can be downloaded below. Any questions about the order and how it relates to the Vicksburg District Library can be directed to our email at email@example.com. We hope you continue to be healthy and safe at this time. Thank you.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The following links have been provided by Vicksburg Community Schools for those families and students who are in search of free or reduced rates on high-speed internet during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note these links were provided by VCS and are not associated with the Vicksburg District Library for any form of profit. The links are as follows:
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Spectrum Internet Assist
- Access from AT&T
- Verizon Innovative Learning
- FCC’s Lifeline Program
Monday, April 20, 2020
The Kalamazoo Health & Community Services Department released this statement about the latest COVID-19 related death in Kalamazoo County:
“Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) received notification of a death in Kalamazoo County attributed to COVID-19. The individual was an older adult with underlying medical conditions. This brings the total number of deaths in Kalamazoo County to nine (9), with all being 70+ years old.”
The full statement can be downloaded below in English and Spanish.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The Kalamazoo Health & Community Services Department released this statement about the recent COVID-19 related death in Kalamazoo County:
“Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) received notification of a death in Kalamazoo County attributed to COVID-19. The individual was an older adult with underlying medical conditions. This brings the total number of deaths in Kalamazoo County to eight (8), with all being 70+ years old.”
The entire statement can be downloaded below in English and Spanish.
Edit: 3:45pm, Thursday, April 9, 2020
With Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to extend our closure, we wanted to remind our valued patrons of the following information given these special circumstances:
Reference questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask your reference question with as many complete details as possible. Please keep in mind that this is not a real-time chat and it may take some time to find an answer. Also, we may not have access to our usual reference materials due to the closure, so we may not always be able to get a hold of the answer. But we will do our best to assist you with what we have.
Due Dates & Drop Boxes:
At this time of crisis and closure, we are foregoing any due dates of items that are checked out. Once we have a scheduled date to reopen, we will post a new due date for all checked out items. Keep in mind that the due date will not be the day we reopen to add ease of access for our patrons. Please hold on to all checked our items until we reopen as our drop boxes are locked and closed at this time. This will help curb the spread of possible contamination, as well as save any items from possible damage during the closure. Please do not attempt to peel back signs or unlock drop boxes to drop off your items as this may cause damage to library property and/or cause contamination issues.
Online Accounts, Renewals & Fees:
As we are asking patrons to hold items until we reopen, your online patron account will show pending late/lost item fees and that items need to be renewed. There is no need to worry about this during this closure. Upon reopening the library, when items have been returned and checked in, any late fees accrued during this closure will be waived by the library. This also applies to all MeLCat/InterLibrary Loan items.
MeLCat & InterLibrary Loan:
As all libraries in the state of Michigan are closed, MeLCat and InterLibrary Loan services have been suspended. All orders are still in place and service will resume when libraries are allowed to reopen once more.
Book & Item Donations:
Given the nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its inability to be cleaned/removed/killed on the surfaces of books easily, we will be suspending our book donation service until sometime in the future.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following Executive Order, 2020-42, which extends the closure of all non-essential institutions through April 30, 2020. Executive Order 2020-42 rescinds Executive Order 2020-21. It states:
“This virus is both aggressive and persistent: on April 8, 2020, Michigan reported 20,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 959 deaths from it. To win this fight, and to protect the health and safety of our state and each other, we must be just as aggressive and persistent. Though we have all made sacrifices, we must be steadfast.”
The entirety of the Executive Order can be downloaded below.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Yesterday, the Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services Department (HCS) released the following public health information about a new COVID-19 test collection site starting today, April 8th:
“The site will only collect specimen from people who have been pre-screened and received an appointment by their provider.
The new collection site does not change the testing criteria a person must meet in order to obtain a test as outlined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories. Per the emergency order, all testing must meet Priority 1 and Priority 2 criteria due to the limited resources available in the state. Priority 1 and 2 criteria include healthcare facility workers with symptoms, patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms, patients with underlying conditions with symptoms, and first responders with symptoms.
The process for obtaining a COVID-19 test has not changed. After a medical evaluation, a provider makes the decision whether to order a test. If needed, and depending upon laboratory criteria, the provider may order a specimen to be collected for COVID-19 testing.”
The full announcement can be downloaded below in both English and Spanish.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Yesterday, the Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services Department (HCS) released the following public health information about using face coverings when out in a public setting:
“I do not want people to have a false sense of security when they wear a face covering in public. People should still adhere to all of the other CDC and MDHHS guidelines such as maintain six feet away from people, wash your hands, and cover your cough and sneeze,” said Jim Rutherford, Kalamazoo County Health Officer. “Recommending people to wear face coverings in public does not mean they are immune to COVID-19. It means you are choosing to protect everyone that is around you in case you may be infected with COVID-19 but not showing any symptoms.”
The full release can be downloaded below in both English and Spanish.
Monday, April 6, 2020
The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department released this statement regarding two deaths related to COVID-19:
“Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) received notification of two deaths in Kalamazoo County attributed to COVID-19. Both individuals were older adults with underlying medical conditions. This brings the total number of deaths to three.
HCS continues to work with all of our community partners as we address the challenges facing our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community mitigation and prevention measures are already in place due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order “Stay Home, Stay Safe”. HCS urges residents to comply with the executive order to help stop the spread within our community. Everyone should take the recommended precautions seriously and practice prevention, such as staying home and washing hands.”
Edit: 12:49pm, Thursday, April 2, 2020
VCS Superintendent Keevin O’Neill sent out the following message to VCS families via email this afternoon:
“Good Afternoon Vicksburg Families,
First and foremost, I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. Today, Governor Whitmer issued executive order 2020-35 closing all schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This was expected, and I want all of you to know we have been working diligently on plans to continue learning during this unprecedented time.
With that being said, we have many details that still need to be worked out. My hope is to communicate our plans to all families and students in the very near future. I cannot thank all of you enough for your patience, your calmness, and your support during this difficult time. We are in this together and rest assured, the well-being of our entire school community is our top priority,
I hope you can take some time to enjoy spring break.
You have my promise that I will continue to communicate regularly regarding VCS operations.
Please take care and know you are all in my thoughts,
Keevin O’Neill, Superintendent”
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following Executive Order, 2020-35, this morning, ordering that all in-person educational institutions be suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The order states the following…
“Given virus’s aggressively persistent spread and potentially fatal consequences, in-person instruction in our schools is too dangerous to resume in the near future, and very likely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.”
The full print of Executive Order 2020-35 can be accessed at the link below.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
The following notice was released yesterday from the Kalamazoo County Government and the Health and Community Services Department:
“The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) is changing the hours of operation for the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Since
March 16, 2020, the Kalamazoo County Call Center has answered 1,586 calls. The calls are answered by public health nurses who provide guidance to providers and the public regarding medical-related questions. The reduction to the hours is due to the decrease in number of calls received. The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-535-6136 is still operational Sunday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”
The complete release is available for download below in both English and Spanish.
Edit: 2:03pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The following was just emailed to parents/guardians of Vicksburg Community School students by superintendent Keevin O’Neill:
“Dear VCS Families,
First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy. I know I’ve stated it many times, but the safety, security, and health of our students, staff, and families is, and will always be, the number one priority of VCS. As we enter day two of the “stay home, stay safe” order from Governor Whitmer, I wanted to assure all of you that VCS will continue to support all students and families during the current shutdown the best that we possibly can.
- Food delivery and pick-up will continue through the shutdown, including spring break week. If you have questions regarding food service during the shutdown, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The current order from the Governor closes schools through April 13th. Under this order, students would return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, a day later than originally planned.
- Teachers will continue to share optional learning opportunities and materials during the shutdown. Thank you all for your efforts keeping your children engaged during the shutdown.
I would also like to take a moment to list some frequently asked questions and provide the most up-to-date answers to those questions:
- Will the school year be extended due to the days lost during the shutdown?
We do not have the answer yet. The Michigan Department of Education recently stated that school days lost during the shutdown would not count as instructional days. I will certainly keep you posted as more information becomes available out of Lansing.
- Will students have to repeat grades if the remainder of the school year is canceled?
We do not have the answer yet. Governor Whitmer has said she has no desire to hold students back due to something that is out of their control.
- Will VCS develop a plan to teach students remotely?
At this time, VCS is committed to providing optional learning opportunities to our students during the shutdown. IF the shutdown is extended in the future, we will begin planning based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Education.
As you can see, many questions remain unanswered. I would like to thank you again for your patience and calmness during the current shutdown. Many unknowns exist and we will continue to rely on guidance from the State as decisions are made.
You have my promise that I will continue to communicate regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the operations of VCS during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.
Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support.
Keevin J. O’Neill, Superintendent“
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Per the Kalamazoo County Government and the Health and Community Services Department, “For at least the next three weeks, essential services that sustain and protect health and life will continue at HCS, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. No evening clinics will be held on Thursdays.”
The press release is available for download below in both English and Spanish. The release gives a list of the essential services remaining open and what limitations they may include at this time.
Edit: 11:32am, Monday, March 23, 2020
This morning, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared Executive Order 2020-21 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as Coronavirus. This order, commonly referred to as “Shelter in Place,” orders all non-essential businesses to be closed and highly recommends that all residents of Michigan stay in their home or residence to help suppress the spread of this novel virus. A link to Executive Order 2020-21 is listed below.
Governor Whitmer had this to say during her press conference this morning:
- grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to stay open so that food and prescriptions may be readily accessed
- doctors offices are allowed to stay open to provide medical care
- restaurants are allowed to provide take out and drive thru service to provide food
- food supplies are adequate, so there is no need to panic and/or hoard
- there is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time
- while doctors are working diligently, it is expected that there will NOT be a sufficient number of beds in Michigan hospitals for all those diagnosed with COVID-19
- milder cases of COVID-19 will be sent home to recover
- walks and going outside are allowed at this time as long as people stay a distance of 6 feet from each other
- hand washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds multiple times a day is highly encouraged
- washing any clothes or surfaces that may be contaminated should be done right away
- do not touch your face, specifically eyes, nose, and mouth, if you are able
- above all, people are highly encouraged to stay at home or their place of residence for the next three weeks
We continue to wish you all the best in safety and health at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com.
Monday, March 23, 2020
The Kalamazoo County Government issued a press release this morning. “The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) is reporting three positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The three adult cases are unrelated. Two have travel histories within the State of Michigan and one with no known travel history outside of Kalamazoo County. HCS’s communicable disease staff will be contacting people who have been in close contact with the patients. Those people will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.”
The full release can be accessed and downloaded below. Thank you.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
This afternoon, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released Executive Order 2020-20. Similar to Executive Order 2020-09, this order extends to closure of all non-essential public places (such as libraries and museums) and places of amusement until Monday, April 13, 2020. The previous date had been Monday, April 6, 2020.
For the Vicksburg Public Library, we are currently discussing when our current due date will be for all items currently checked out. At the moment, it is still being set at Monday, April 13th. When we update this we will be sure to let you know here on the website and on all of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
A copy of Executive Order 2020-20 is available for download below. If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to reach us is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.
Again, stay safe and healthy during this time everyone.
Edit: 12:58pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
There has been concern with the Coronavirus closure that our patrons will not have access to 2019 tax forms. While we cannot open to give you access to them, we have created a page containing many of the common forms our patrons need that can be downloaded and printed from home. The page can be found at the left hand menu. If you need to request a link to a form that is not listed, please contact us at email@example.com. We will get to your request as soon as we are able and will be happy to help you! Thank you again for your patience at this time.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
As a reminder to our patrons, the following guidelines are in place at this time during our unprecedented closure:
- The Vicksburg District Library (as well as all libraries in the state of Michigan) have been ordered closed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
- At this time, we are reopening on Monday, April 6th. However, this could change in the future depending on how events unfold.
- For the safety and health of our patrons and staff, our drop boxes are closed at this time. Please keep your items until we reopen. All boxes are shut with notices across them. Please do not remove the notices and place your items in the drop boxes as the drop boxes are not being emptied and checked daily. This could mean damage to items, which could result in fines on your account.
- While this may not be reflected on your account online, the new due date for all items is currently April 13th. This includes MeL items. All overdue fees that are being accrued at this time will be waived once we reopen.
- All MeL orders are suspended at this time. They will activated once more when we officially reopen.
- When we reopen, we will not be taking book donations until at least May 1st. This date, however, may be subject to change as well.
- When we reopen and items are checked in, all fees reflecting the dates of this closure will be waived as long as they are returned to the Vicksburg District Library by April 13th, giving all patrons a window of opportunity to return items. Once items are returned, fees will be waived and will be reflected in your online account.
Please remember that the dates and guidelines above may be subject to change during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We wish you all continued safety and health at this time!
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has left many people with unanswered questions. The Vicksburg District Library had launched the page Understanding Coronavirus to help everyone during this time. It can be found at http://www.vicksburglibrary.org/understanding-coronavirus.
Edit: 1:43pm, Monday, March 16, 2020
Early this afternoon, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-9, Temporary restrictions on the use of place of public accommodation. This includes libraries and museums. A copy of the full order is available below. Thank you for your continued diligence.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Good morning to our VDL patrons! We have some updates this morning about our closure and wanted to get some answers to you about the current situation…
First, as previously stated, at the behest of the Library of Michigan and the recommendation of Gov. Whitmer, the Vicksburg District Library is closed to all patrons at this time due to concerns about the transmission of Covid-19, the Cornoavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but please know that we are working diligently with your health and safety in mind.
Second, we expect to reopen on Monday, April 6th at the earliest. This date, however, may change depending on future developments. That being said, if you have any items currently checked out, here are a few things for you to keep in mind:
- While this may not be reflected on your account online, the new due date for all items is currently April 13th.
- All overdue fees that are being accrued at this time will be waived once we reopen.
- Please do not bring items to return to our drop boxes. All three drop boxes are currently closed.
- All MeL orders are suspended at this time. They will activate once more when we officially reopen.
- When we reopen, we will not be taking book donations until May 1st. This date, however, may be subject to change as well.
- When we reopen and items are checked in, all fees reflecting the dates of this closure will be waived as long as they are returned to the Vicksburg District Library by April 13th. This will then be reflected in your online library account.
Third, as previously announced, all programming at the library and any room reservations have been cancelled at this time. We will let you know when they are reinstated. Please keep in mind that this may not be the day we reopen. However, Stephanie and Adrianne are working on virtual programs and resources that you may access online in the next week or so. We will keep you updated on this here and on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Fourth, we will be posting different resources to help you stay safe and health at this time from the Coronavirus.
Lastly, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you are welcome to email us at email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as we are available.
Stay safe and healthy during this time everyone!