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At a special meeting last night, the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees voted to follow the latest CDC guidelines on masking. Effective immediately, masks will be encouraged but no longer required at the library, as the new CDC metrics place Cook County in the low COVID-19 Community Level.

In addition, other temporary changes to the library's behavior policy for the COVID-19 crisis have been relaxed. Food and drink are again allowed (beverages in covered containers and food only in the café area). Children 8 and up are welcome without adult supervision, and children under 8 may again be supervised by a responsible caregiver age 14 or older.

The library will continue to provide the opportunity for, but will no longer require, social distancing at library programs.

Masks will continue to be required for individuals age 2 and up at programs aimed at children ages 5 and under, who cannot yet be vaccinated.

The library also reserves the right to request that patrons wear a mask when receiving one-on-one help from a staff member within less than 6 feet of social distance for transactions likely to take more than 5 minutes.

These provisions are subject to change according to community risk metrics.

In light of the fact that the Governor has signaled that he will lift the statewide mask mandate in indoor public places on or around February 28, at its February 15 meeting, the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees reevaluated its own mask mandate as set forth in the Temporary Amendments to the Patron Behavior Policy for the COVID-19 Pandemic. At many times during this pandemic, the Library Board, as a unit of local government, has moved at a more cautious pace than the State of Illinois as a whole, and again the Board has decided to take this approach. As a result, Midlothian Public Library plans to tie the lifting of its own mask mandate to CDC guidance.

Currently, the Library Board plans to lift its requirement of masks inside the library, per current CDC guidelines, when Cook County enters a level of "moderate" community transmission, as reported by the CDC Covid Data TrackerToday's current level of community transmission is "high." In addition, the Board will reconsider this policy monthly at its board meeting to assess the continued need for mitigations.

The Library Board is aware that the CDC has announced that it is currently considering a revision to its guidance on masks in indoor public places. When new guidance is issued, the Library Board will meet to discuss and revise its own policies. We ask the public's patience with this process.

If you would like to express your opinion on this matter to the Library Board, you are welcome to attend their next meeting, held Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 PM in the main library area, to send the Trustees and email at their addresses listed on our website, to send a letter to them care of the library, or to drop off a comment in one of the library comment card boxes. In addition, please feel free to direct any questions to me personally.

Just a reminder that if you have not already done so, you have until February 28 to take our library survey. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes, and the information you provide us will help us provide materials, services, events and classes that better serve you. As a bonus, in completing our survey you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to one of 6 Midlothian restaurants!

Click here to take our survey in English

Haga clic aquí para tomar nuestra encuesta en español

Due to continued poor travel conditions created by the winter weather, the library will close at 4:00 PM today, Thursday, February 17. We plan to reopen Friday, February 18 at 9:00 AM.

While we are closed this evening, please feel free to make use of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streamable movies, TV, and more, available from our website under DIGITAL RESOURCES or to place requests for physical materials to pick up when we reopen via our online catalog.

Due to continued poor travel conditions created by the heavy snow, the library will open at 1:00 PM today, Thursday, February 3.

While we are closed this morning, please feel free to make use of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streamable movies, TV, and more, available from our website under DIGITAL RESOURCES or to place requests for physical materials to pick up when we reopen via our online catalog.