Library District’s Response To COVID-19

Library District Updates and Vital Community Resources

 

Starting June 24th, the Library District has fully reopened our in-branch services and activities just in time for summer reading and enjoyment, while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. You told us that you missed browsing, and it’s back! You can also use our study rooms and enjoy limited seating (to allow for social distancing). We are so happy to serve you again in person! For all the details, go to LVCCLD.org/open, or check out our overview, below.

We know that you come to our libraries to learn, to grow, to find community, and to pursue your dreams, and we are here to help! We just want you to be aware that because of COVID-19, this will be a very different kind of library experience than you are used to.

Let's start with the things you will find starting today:

 
  • Browsing & borrowing
  • Seating
  • Meeting Room Rentals
  • Study Rooms
  • Art Galleries 
  • Print, copy, and fax
  • Access to free Wi-Fi 
  • Use library equipment: Computer Centers, Tech Labs, Makerspaces, Youth and Adult PCs are available, but limited, as social distancing must be enforced, plus laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and other devices
  • Enjoy Curbside Service; find a listing at https://lvccld.org/curbside-locations/, opens a new window
  • Retrieve items that you have placed on hold, either through Curbside Service or by entering the branch
  • Receive phone and in-person reference assistance from our library staff
  • Ask questions and request materials

Safety & Social Distancing:

Part of what will feel different in this "new normal" are the steps that we have taken to ensure your health and safety. Computers, tech center equipment, and other materials will be available under strict social distancing guidelines.

Our buildings have undergone a deep cleaning and treatment with a hypoallergenic antimicrobial spray. We have installed hand sanitizing stations, social distancing signs, sneeze guards, and your returned items will be quarantined for four days before they are checked in. Our dedicated staff will wear face masks, and also gloves for certain transactions; and our volunteer program is on hiatus until further notice.

So Many Ways To Connect:

If you are still concerned about coming into our buildings, that's ok. We offer so many ways to connect with us.

You can stream and download content from our website at LVCCLD.org; enjoy our entertaining and educational library programs at YouTube.com/TheLibraryDistrict, and take advantage of our new Curbside Pick-Up Service.

This streamlined Curbside Service allows you to pick up your holds, and drop off your returns, which can be deposited in the outside Book Returns box. (The exception to this is special items such as toys, dolls, and electronic devices, which you must bring to the Customer Service Desk.) You can reserve your holds online (or by phone) and call your nearest branch to make an appointment for pick up. Then drive, bike, or walk up to the designated curbside area, and take home a bit of normalcy! Go to https://lvccld.org/locations-hours-curbside/ for our library locations, hours, & Curbside Pick-Up services.

However you decide to connect with us, we will be there for you! Questions? Please email us at Ask@LVCCLD.org.

Take care and be well friends!


Where to Turn for Information & Support

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please refer to the following trusted sources:

Southern Nevada Health District 

https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control

Nevada Health Response

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Managing Coronavirus Stress and Anxiety

  • CDC - Center for Disease Control's guide to coping with stress and anxiety
  • ADAA - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Psychology.org - Dealing with coronavirus anxiety: Expert tips
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Family-to-Family is an 8-week course, starting on June 1, for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. 

Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Hypertension, Obesity, and COVID-19 (Video) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Director Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Gary H. Gibbons, MD, discuss the implications for COVID-19 outcomes and public health. Recorded September 10, 2020.
  • Do Stay-at-Home Orders Reduce COVID-19 Infection Rates? (Video) - Song Gao, PhD and Ajay K. Sethi, PhD join JAMA Network Open Digital Media Editor, Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, to discuss a cross-sectional study using anonymous location data from 45 million mobile phones to determine if stay-at-home orders were associated with decreased median travel distance and slower COVID19 spread. Recorded September 15, 2020.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Approval and the FDA (Video) - September 18, 2020.
  • Conversations with Dr. Bauchner (Podcast) - Join Howard Bauchner, MD, each week as he interviews leading researchers and thinkers in health care about their recent JAMA articles. Covering a broad range of practice-changing research and important innovations.
  • Corticosteroids for COVID-19 (Video) - A conversation with Jonathan A. C. Sterne, MA, MSc, PhD of the University of Bristol, Todd W. Rice, MD, MSc of Vanderbilt University, and Janet V. Diaz, MD of the WHO on the latest research supporting the use of hydrocortisone and dexamethasone for treatment of COVID-19 ARDS.
  • Coronavirus Update With Anthony S. Fauci, MD (Video) - September 25, 2020
  • Coronavirus Update With Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH (Video) - Mike Osterholm returns to JAMA's Q&A series to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. He is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at University of Minnesota and a veteran of pandemic planning. Recorded September 23, 2020.
  • Gastrointestinal Complications in Critically Ill Patients With and Without COVID-19 (Article) - Published online September 24, 2020.

Additional recommendations from the SNHD and the CDC include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Use of masks helps slow the spread of COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 Resources:

Local Assistance

Emergency Services:
Healthcare:
  • Nevada Health Link - Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period. 
  • FirstMed Health & Wellness - provide efficient, quality, and affordable health care services in a holistic, caring, and compassionate environment that is accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. The staff is fluent in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Visayan. 
  • Veteran Resources - VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging health risk. 
  • Asian Community Development Council - The ACDC Navigator Program provides state-licensed Health Navigators who speak different languages and can help facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans. 
  • Grant a Gift Autism Foundation - GGAF Case Management Team is serving as a support line to provide information regarding childcare, food, basic needs, medical care, government services/aid. If you or your family needs help, please call GGAF at 702-564-2453 and a care coordinator will assist you.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Family-to-Family is an 8-week course, starting on June 1, for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions.
Financial Help:
Legal Services:
Career & Employment Services:
Educational and Stay at Home Resources:
  • PBS Kids - How to talk to your kids about coronavirus. 
  • Healthy News Works: Health Beat Live Library - Work by kids and for kids about the coronavirus and other urgent topics.
  • Stay at Home Resources - While you are practicing social distancing, use your free library card to access these fun, educational, and FREE online resources to help pass the time, teach you something new, and keep your skills sharp!
  • CCSD Reopening Plan
  • CCSD Family Guide - This website was created to provide information and resources for parents and students preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians can find information about distance education, registration, food service, access to technology, Canvas, and a variety of other resources.
  • Distance Learning Tips (blog)
  • Cox Communications Tips - Internet access best practices for learning at home.

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