The health and safety of our staff and community are of utmost importance to the Spotswood Public Library. We are following news and information on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it develops. We are following guidelines from local and state public health officials. Any changes to library operations will be posted on our web page and Facebook.
We encourage you to make use of our online resources. We provide electronic access to a wide variety of formats, including:
We also provide online access to language learning resources, and magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. You can view our other online resources on our website.
We are committed to making the Library a safe and welcoming space for all. We are following these recommendations from the CDC:
- Posting signage from the CDC regarding hand-washing and reducing the spread of germs, and facts about COVID-19;
- Performing extra sanitizing of all “high touch” surfaces, including computer keyboards and mice;
- Making hand sanitizer available to the public;
- Temporary removal of puzzles and toys from the children’s area to reduce unnecessary risk to visitors;
- Communicating and updating our staff and the community, as news develops.
We would like to remind visitors that libraries are shared public spaces. For the health and safety of others, please be thoughtful about coming into a library if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. Please do your part to stop the spread of germs and disease.
Prevention is key
The CDC recommends:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to combat misinformation. Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following vetted resources:
Middlesex County Resources for the Coronavirus
Middlesex County information about the coronavirus.
New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard
Shows positive testing results in NJ. Currently being updated daily.
NJ State Library Resources for the Coronavirus
The New Jersey State Library has compiled numerous resources related to the coronavirus.
NJ Health’s Communicable Disease Service
Contains information from the CDC about Coronovirus as well as a phone number for a 24 hour hotline.
Monitoring the Coronavirus
Recommendations from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ on prevention tips.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
This is where to go if you want a quick snapshot of the current world-wide situation on the coronavirus. An interactive web-based dashboard from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University that compiles data from several sources (some of which occasionally conflict, so they state in their disclaimer not to use this tool for medical guidance).
Medline Plus – National Library of Medicine
Medline Plus is an authoritative source from the National Library of Medicine. Their information is concise and written in easy to understand language. They have links to other vetted sources and sources in languages other than English pertaining to the health aspects of the coronavirus.
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, including fighting diseases and supporting communities and citizens to do the same.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies, especially in vulnerable communities.
Resources to Help Talk to Children
Fact sheets and FAQs designed especially for use with children are available from kidshealth.org:
- What Is the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- ¿Qué es el coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Hand Washing: Why It’s So Important
- Lavarse las manos: por qué es importante
In addition, H is for Hand Washing is an online storybook from Sesame Street that introduces young children to the universal experience of hand washing by sharing how kids wash their hands all over the world. A printable “How to Wash Your Hands” Elmo coloring sheet is also available.
For older children there is A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus based on a radio story on NPR. Experts at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and the National Institute of Mental Health all contributed to the making of the comic.
Last updated 9/6/2020