The La Crosse Public Library will initiate the first phase of its reopening plan on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Since our primary focus is the safety of our users and staff, we are limiting the number of people in our public spaces at any one time and scheduling in-person services. Our course of action is continually evolving as conditions change, in order to expand access to library services.
Phase I Service Offerings:
- Scheduled access to computer and printing services will be available Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Friday from 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm and Saturday: 1pm-5pm
- This access is by appointment only. Patrons can make those appointments by calling 608.789.7122 or emailing email@example.com
- Patrons are asked to wear a mask and are encouraged to stay home if they are ill or experiencing symptoms.
- Curbside Services
- Scheduled curbside pickups and returns at the North Community Library are Thursdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm.
- Scheduled curbside pickups and returns at the South Community Library are Thursdays from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.
- Additional Services
- Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 608-789-7122 and E-Chat will be available Monday through Friday 10:00 AM -6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM.
- Online programs for children and adults can be found on our Facebook Events page.
- Archives will be answering email questions at: email@example.com
DIGITAL LIBRARY RESOURCES
If you don’t have a library card, but would like to access our digital services, request an e-card today. If your library card is expired, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-789-7122 to update it.
The Library has a variety of digital resources for your enjoyment, including:
- OverDrive offers thousands of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, available to anyone with a Winding Rivers Library System card*
- New to OverDrive? Check out the OverDrive Help Page to get started
- Hoopla offers City of La Crosse residents, with a valid library card the ability to stream thousands of movies and television shows, eBooks, audiobooks, comics or music.
- New to Hoopla? Check out the Hoopla Help Page to get started
- Kanopy offers City of La Crosse residents, with a valid library card the ability to stream over 30,000 film titles, including the Criterion Collection, foreign and art films, documentaries and The Great Courses.
- New to Kanopy? Check out the Kanopy Help Page to get started
*In addition to your Winding Rivers Library System card, you'll also need your 4-digit pin number to access digital resources. Your pin number is often the last four digits of your telephone number, unless you selected a custom pin. Forgot your pin? Click here to reset your pin number.
Our youth services staff will be offering live storytimes via our social media page. We also have a variety of digital resources specifically for children, including:
- OverDrive Kids offers thousands of great books for young readers
- TumbleBooks offers children’s stories from around the world including picture books and chapter books, accompanied by educational games and activities
- Wisconsin Media Lab offers multimedia educational content including Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes, online activities and more!
How has COVID-19 affected you?
The La Crosse Public Library Archives is looking for community members to share their stories to add to our local historical record. The ongoing public health crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 impacts La Crossians as much as the rest of the world. How has your daily life changed? What precautions are you taking? How are you coping? This survey is meant to act as a journal entry. We invite you to use it cathartically, or for documentation purposes; it is up to you. You do not have to identify yourself, it can be completely anonymous if you would like. Thank you for contributing to our local history.
Survey link: https://forms.gle/uodbs2ZzrGdp38yf
Bill Pay / Energy Assistance
- Wisconsin officials have launched an “emergency internet” tool to help people find free broadband service during the coronavirus health emergency.
- ADRC of La Crosse County is currently offering “Grab and Go Meals” to provide frozen meals to seniors 60 years of age or older (see June Newsletter for location details)
- La Crosse School District will offer a free food service program during the school closures: http://bit.ly/393pBQ4
- Wafer Food Pantry: https://waferlacrosse.org/covid-19/
- Resilient and Trauma-Informed Community (RTIC): Learning Together During COVID-19
- "Steady Heads Open Hearts" a collection of Mental Health and Mindfulness resources from the La Crosse Family YMCA
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm
- To apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/
- To contact the La Crosse Job Center directly, call: 608-789-5627
Ways to Help
- Consider donating to the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund to support our community: https://www.laxcommfoundation.com/la-crosse-area-emergency-response-fund/
- Coulee Region COVID-19 volunteer opportunities: https://www.ugetconnected.org/need/
COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wisconsin COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Health Connect
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center
La Crosse County Health Department
City of La Crosse
What You Can Do to be Proactive:
In addition to staying home, the CDC recommends the following practices to decrease the spread of the virus:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze