March 18, 2020
The New Hampshire Library Association wants to commend the libraries and local officials who have made the very hard decision to close their doors to the public and at the same time, encourage others to take action.
NHLA calls on all public libraries to close their doors in alignment with their Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #1 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 to transition all K-12 public schools to remote learning through April 3, 2020 and Executive Order 2020-04 declaring a state of emergency in NH. We stand in complete support of the libraries and local officials who have already done so.
We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty as we face this worldwide pandemic together. We all must do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. It is now best for us to stay home.
As the Center for Disease Control is now recommending that the best way to slow the spread of the virus is to engage in work from home whenever possible, avoid gatherings, and avoid discretionary travel, we urge the immediate closing of all of our public, school, and academic libraries in New Hampshire and recommend that they remain closed to the public until medical professionals, the World Health Organization, and The Center for Disease Control deem it prudent to re-open and resume regular services.
We encourage library administration and Boards of Trustees to pay full wages and benefits including health coverage to library staff while libraries are closed.
This is a challenging time for us, the nation, and the world as we respond to novel coronavirus and the uncertainty surrounding it. NHLA will do our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving and fluid situation and to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change.
The American Library Association has put together Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries.
Be safe, stay well. Let us know how we can help.
New Hampshire Library Executive Board
Lebanon Public Libraries
Lebanon, NH 03766