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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org
  LIBRARY CLOSURE CONTINUES, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Middleton Public Library will remain closed until further notice.  This is in adherence with the Governor's recent Emergency Orders (especially #5 and #12), the City of Middleton’s Essential Operations, and recommendations from health care experts and library organizations such as, DPI and ALA.  Library Management and the Library Board reevaluate the situation daily and will provide further updates if these plans should change.
 
This decision was difficult and disappointing.  The scientific community agrees that “social distancing” is an important factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19. While the public library serves as a community gathering space, at this time that is precisely what we should not be doing. We are taking the step to remain closed until further notice on behalf of our patrons, staff, and the community during this pandemic.
 
Library Management has discussed the possibility of offering curbside pickup of library materials for Middleton patrons.  Unfortunately, after seeing the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, along with its capabilities to remain on surfaces (such as DVD cases or book covers) for multiple days, we cannot provide this service without increasing the health risks to patrons and library staff.  During the closure, we ask that patrons do not return items, or worry about due dates. We are extending due dates on all materials currently checked out.  Middleton is a fine free library, so no need to worry about overdue fees. All holds that were on the shelf at the time of closing will remain available for a minimum of 3 days after we reopen. New holds are not being filled and no materials are being delivered.
 
While our physical location is closed, our digital library resources are available on our website, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and research databases. This would be a great time to learn a language using Mango, or to listen to an audio book, or research your family history!
 
The safety of our patrons and staff is of highest importance for the Library. Please follow us on Social Media and check our website for updates. We will continue to provide further information as the situation continues to evolve and develop.
 
We appreciate your understanding during this uncertain time, and we cannot wait to welcome you back to your library.


Jocelyne Sansing
    Hang in there!        -Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library Director