The Bixby Library will only be able to offer remote services until April 15. We are bringing the library to you. We are available by email and live chat in the corner during our normal business hours. Also if you call 802-877-2211 it will forward to Maddy Willwerth. I will answer or call you back as soon as I can. We will not be able to provide care packages or get physical holds to our patrons at this time. Please call 802-877-2211 or email Laksamee at laksamee.putnam@bixbylibrary.
Book returns: Please do not bring back books. Keep them and enjoy them. Please don’t worry if you are unable to get to the library; we will not be sending out overdue notices until we reopen.
Wifi: Our free wifi, “Bixby Free Internet” will stay on and patrons can use our wifi from outside the building.
Communication: The library will maintain communication through our website, Front Porch Forum, Facebook page, and postings at the library. You can find more resources for Covid-19 news on our website and the state is providing regular updates at the: Vermont Department of Health website, https://www.
Protect Yourself: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. People who are infected often have symptoms of the illness. People without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Currently, there is no evidence to show that COVID-19 is spread through food, mail or paper products. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:
Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Stay home as much as possible.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you must go out, practice social distancing.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Always wash your hands if your hands are visibly dirty.
If you returned from international travel or were on a cruise within the past two weeks or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, and develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.
SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN I GO OUT IN PUBLIC?
Yes, please wear a cloth mask or covering, if you need to leave your home for an essential purpose. Since COVID-19 may be transmitted by someone who does not have symptoms, a mask helps you protect others. However, the most effective way to slow the spread is to continue to stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands and not touch your face.
Be well, stay informed, and keep reading.
Online Resources Provided by the Bixby:
The Bixby Library is a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC). Our patrons are invited to download audio books and eBooks from GMLC at no cost. Access audio books & eBooks through the OverDrive/Libby app. After downloading the app, login using your library card barcode. You can also login from a computer if you do not have a smart phone or digital device from the GMLC website.
Bixby’s Wifi, “Bixby Free Internet” is on and available from outside the building. Signal strength varies so please maintain social distancing protocols if you need to get out of your car to access.
Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont
The Department of Public Service prepared a map of public buildings in Vermont where WiFi with access to the internet is publicly available as a resource for remote learning and working from home. These sites are accessible at all hours from a parked v…
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Due to our current closure and social distancing efforts, the Bixby will not be able to hold our yearly Gala, which brings in $36,000 on average every year. Please help us through this time by donating online. We miss you all and we can’t wait to dance with you beneath the dome again.
Thank you so much to our community for all the support and kindness you have shown to us and each other. I am so glad to be weathering this novel virus with you all. The Bixby is hard at wo…