** UPDATE (03/23/2020) – Kate’s Kitchen changed how they are delivering meals. Please see update below.
** UPDATE (03/21/2020) – updated info on if you need assistance with online services or getting a Digital Library Card.
** UPDATE (03/17/2020) – added information about Kate’s Kitchen and tax preparation help below.
** UPDATE (03/16/2020) – as of right now, the Ossian Branch library will be closed immediately from now until April 17. The Main Library will be on reduced hours from today until Wednesday, March 18. Hours will be from 9 am -6 pm. We encourage everyone to just pick-up library materials during that time and refrain from gathering in our space. Then the Main Library will be closed from March 19-April 17. All meeting room bookings will be cancelled and we will be crediting people’s accounts to be used on a future booking. All library-sponsored programs and events have been cancelled from now until May 9.
Due to increased concerns of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within Indiana, the library has made the difficult decision to reduce hours for the next few days and then close all our buildings through April 17. The Library Board did not make this decision lightly, but the safety of everyone is our number one priority and we want to be cautious and minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our community.
- Closed from now through April 17
- Reduced hours from March 16-18 (9 am – 6 pm). We encourage everyone to just pick-up library materials during that time and refrain from gathering in our space.
- Closed from March 19 – April 17
This is subject to change and we will post updates, if the closure is extended.
The bookdrops will remain open during the library closure. However, any library materials that are currently checked out will not accrue fines until after our buildings open again on April 17.
Items on Hold:
Any items that were on hold and cannot be picked up before our buildings close will be available when the library opens again. We are currently working on contacting anyone with holds at the Ossian Branch to see if they’d like to pick up their items at the Main Library in Bluffton while it’s still open.
Access to our WiFi will still be available during this time in our parking lots and other areas close to the building at both the Ossian Branch and Main Library in Bluffton. We just ask that you not group together outside our buildings and keep a safe distance of six feet from others while using our WiFi.
If you need assistance with your library card, digital access, or have a general reference question, please email us at email@example.com.
More info on COVID-19
- Indiana State Department of Health – https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm
- Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- IU Health Virtual Clinic – https://iuhealth.org/news-hub/iu-health-virtual-clinic-offers-free-coronavirus-screening
IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.
All library-sponsored programs and events will be cancelled from now through May 9. This includes all our children’s story sessions and events, teen programs, and adult events.
An exception to this is the Free Tax Help provided by the AARP Tax-Aide foundation. Right now they are trying to reschedule everyone with current appointments and will be in on Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27.
All changes to this will be reflected on our Library Event Calendar.
Thank you for your understanding. We know this may be disappointing, but the safety of everyone is our number one priority and since we are a public building, we want to be cautious and minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our community.
All meeting room reservations have been cancelled and anyone that had a current reservation will receive a credit to use on a future room booking. There are a few groups that may be using meeting rooms to help distribute critical services during this time, including Kate’s Kitchen and tax help (see info below).
Since our meeting rooms were set to be closed from May-October due to construction, we will unfortunately not be booking meeting room reservations until after October.
Kate’s Kitchen will keep serving
The Kate’s Kitchen food distribution program will continue to serve meals at 5 p.m. each Wednesday. To allow for people to drive up and receive meals, the temporary location will be in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Washington St.
There will also be no hot meals at this time. There will be bagged meals that will be ready to hand out quickly for people to take with them.
Tax Preparation Help
As of right now, all free tax help sessions have been cancelled from March 23-April 13. We have tentatively been scheduling appointments for Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27, among those people that already had appointments. Stay tuned for more information later.
Digital Libary Card
If you do not currently have a Wells County Public Library card, but live, own property, or go to school in Wells County, we can help you! Please go to our Digital Library Card page and fill out the application. We are still processing cards while the library is closed.
Digital Library and Website
We understand that many people will be looking to digital resources right now to keep children and yourself entertained while staying in your house. We will be highlighting many of these resources in the next few weeks on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Make sure you like our pages to get updates.
- Read books, audiobooks and magazines on your computer or the Libby app
- Homeschool resources that should help with eLearning
- Discover children’s games and practice tests on our fun websites page
- Find books we recommend for teens
- And discover online research tools