Quarterly Newsletter

August 2020 


August 3, 2020

Greetings to all! We are sending you this e-mail to bring you up-to-date as much as possible with what’s happening here at FJPL.

Please remember that we are located inside of a city owned building, and as such, we must adhere to all of the protocols that the Mayor and Library Director have established. Our hope is that we are able to open by the end of August and we would like to prepare you for when that time finally comes! Here is what you can expect upon returning to the Friends of the Library Book Store.

In order to enter the building, you must:
(1)    Submit to a touchless temperature check
(2)    Complete a COVID -19 screening form (see below)
(3)    Wear a mask at all times

Let’s talk about “masks”. We’ve all seen many different types of masks, and whatever type you have, it must completely cover your nose and mouth at all times. Face shields are an acceptable substitute for a mask, as are bandanas. It must also remain in place the entire time you are in the building. Children 6 years and younger do not have to wear a mask. We will purchase some masks and will offer them for sale should you forget yours. If you have a medical condition that prohibits you from wearing of a mask, a face shield or bandana, we are sorry, but you may not enter the building. We will, make every reasonable effort to assist you by looking for the specific item(s) that you want and bring them outside the building where you can pay for the item(s).

We will accept cash. Several recent reports in newspapers, TV and the internet have indicated that there is a shortage of coinage. If you pay in cash, pleases do your best to bring coins of several values with you to help with this.

Here are the questions on the screening form:

VISITORS COVID-19 Screening Form
Temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher? Y / N
1. Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Y / N
    a. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you must provide documentation of 2 negative viral PCR test results.
2. Have you had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days? Y / N
    a. Sore throat
    b. Cough
    c. Chills
    d. Body aches
    e. Shortness of breath
    f. Loss of smell and/or taste
    g. Fever with temperature of 100.4 or greater degrees Fahrenheit
    h. Fatigue
    i. Headache
    j. Congestion or runny nose
    k. Nausea or vomiting
    l. Diarrhea?
3. Have you been in close contact with any individual who tested positive for COVID-19
in the past 14 days?     Y / N 
4. Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?          Y / N 
5. Have you returned from international travel or a cruise in the past 14 days?   Y / N

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you will not be permitted to enter the building, except as indicated in question 1-a.

Please answer these questions responsibly. You would not want to catch this virus from someone who did not tell the truth, and no one else does either. In addition, to ensure that volunteers and customers can safely socially distance, we will only open at 50% of the store capacity.

It is our intent to open as soon as we can. However, there are many things that we need to do in advance to ensure the safety of everyone so please bear with us. As we make progress, we will keep you posted!

Big Bag Book Sales…I know you all miss them, but until this pandemic situation and protocols have determined to be over, we must regretfully cease all Big Bag Book Sales.  I know you understand why.

On behalf of all of our wonderful volunteers and customers like you, thank you for your continued support of FJPL and understanding of the unusual times that have occurred. 

Michael P. Steve

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