On May 1, Gov. Pritzker updated the statewide stay at home order. When asked what the update meant to the Palos Heights Library, Director Jesse Blazek said, “Even though we are not quite back to normal yet, the update can help us move forward.”
He further explained before the library can resume in-person services, there has to be enough PPE to protect employees as well as a reliable supply line to get more for the indefinite future, so the library has been in the process of slowly stocking up on PPE in order to be able to resume in-person services as soon as possible.
Blazek did announce the book drops will reopen on May 18 for all to begin returning items that have been borrowed. All due dates will continue to be extended indefinitely even after this time, and no fines will be accrued during this time.
Blazek also announced the library plans on reopening only for curveside service and home deliveries on June 1 with more details on those services to come.
Blazek added the when health officials further ease restrictions on businesses, gatherings, and social distancing, the library will cautiously begin resuming other library services.
“Protecting the health of our staff and the public is our highest priority,” Blazek said. “We will resume in-person services when we know that we can do so safely. We appreciate our community’s continued patience and support during this unprecedented situation.”
In the meantime, Blazek reminds everyone to continue to take advantage of all of the library’s virtual offerings including digital books, movies, music, magazines, and virtual programming. And for those who don’t already have a library card, visit the library’s website at phlibrary.org to sign up for one.