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Dear Library Patrons,

Due to the surge in coronavirus cases and the governor's recent strong guidance to Illinois residents to stay at home except for all but essential business, Midlothian Public Library will revert to curbside service only effective Monday, November 16.

In contrast with our period of curbside-only service earlier this summer, we will remain operational for our full regular hours. In addition, we will continue to provide the following services in curbside mode:

  • Remote printing via our website and printing from flash drives.
  • Photocopying, faxing, and scanning.

We will handle 10 pages total (for any of the above services) per patron per day. There will be no charge for these services.

In addition, we will process library card applications via curbside, as well as online and by U.S. mail.

If you have any questions regarding how we can continue to serve you while our doors are closed, please feel free to call us during our operational hours at (708) 535-2027, send us an email, or message us through the help button on our website, www.midlothianlibrary.org.

We will monitor public heath advice from the state and the county in order to make the determination regarding when we will reopen our doors to the public.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to look after the health of ourselves and our neighbors during this trying time.

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

In light of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the state of Illinois today released new guidance urging all residents, for the next three weeks, to "stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries."

In the interest of keeping our public and our staff as safe as possible, we will be making a few adjustments to our procedures. Effective November 12, will be strictly enforcing a 1-hour per patron per day limit on computer or study table use. In addition, we will reduce our maximum capacity to 8 patrons at a time.

Our doors will be unlocked for our entire regular open hours.

You are encouraged, but not required, to call ahead to make an appointment for a computer or study table.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to look after the health of ourselves and our neighbors during this trying time.

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The library will be closing at 3 pm today, October 17, due to a construction issue.

We will re-open on Monday, October 19, at 9 am.

 

The Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees will have three seats up for election in April 2021, with no incumbent running for one of those seats, creating a great opportunity for new candidates to throw their hat into the ring. 

On October 8, 2020, the Library hosted a webinar entitled “How to Run for Local Public Office,” during which Midlothian Village Clerk Allen Moskal gave a presentation on the legal ins and outs of filing candidacy papers, and Library Trustee Brenna Baker and Village Trustee Sandra Crowley reflected on their experiences of both running and serving on a public Board. If you missed this webinar, you can view it on the library’s YouTube channel here: How to Run for Local Public Office - Library Webinar: October 8, 2020 

Additionally, Clerk Moskal’s informative PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here: How to Run for Local Office PDF and the State of Illinois Board of Elections 2021 Candidate’s Guide may be accessed here: Candidate Guide PDF 

Individuals interested in running may pick up printed packets of the required paperwork at the library Help Desk. While the library has suspended Notary services to the general public during the pandemic, notarization of candidacy forms for Library Trustee candidates is a free service the library has always provided and will continue to provide. If you come to the library to have your candidacy papers notarized, please specify that you are a Trustee candidate. 

While candidates for Library Trustee may not solicit petitions inside the library building itself, per library policy, “Circulation of petitions, …[is] permitted outside the library on library sidewalks at a distance of 15 feet or more from any library entrance, as long as they do not block or interfere with the passage of library patrons or vehicles and do not otherwise conflict with this Patron Behavior Policy.” 

The best way to get a feel for whether you would be interested in serving as a Library Trustee is to sit in on a Library Board meeting. The Library Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Currently, we are holding hybrid meetings, meaning that attendance is permitted in person (with social distancing and masks) or online via Zoom. The link to join the Zoom meeting is posted at the top of the agenda for each meeting which is posted the Friday before each Board meeting no later than 5:00 PM here: https://www.midlothianlibrary.org/about-us/library-board/agendas-minutes  

For more information about the Library Board, the time commitment, and other expectations, you can also call Library Director Jennifer Cottrill at (708) 535-2027 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Dear Library Patrons,

Starting Monday, September 28, Midlothian Public Library will resume its regular hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM
  • Friday-Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM

As is the case currently, the library doors will be unlocked during all open hours for most library services, and appointments are not required.

Curbside pickup will be available 10 AM - 4 PM daily. Call or order online to place your order. Walk-in pickup (at table near door) for pre-ordered materials will be available during all open hours.

Homebound delivery for individuals confined to their home or vulnerable to the Coronavirus due to age or medical condition continues as well.

Delivery of materials from other SWAN libraries and the option to pick up materials at the SWAN library of your choice have resumed.

As computers and WiFi tables are limited, appointments are recommended but not required. Please call (708) 535-2027 up to two business days in advance to book an appointment.

Masks are required at all times, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult age 18 or older. For more information about library services during our reopening period, please visit www.midlothianlibrary.org/curbside.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill,

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