Sunday, April 5, 2020

Libraries close in response to COVID-19

Libraries in Dodge County have closed their doors temporarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Out of an abundance of caution, and to protect staff and patrons we need to curtail social interactions” said City Administrator Timothy Ibisch. The library will continue to monitor the situation and will be closed until further notice. Updates will be provided via the Library Facebook page, Library website and the City website.

Kasson’s Public Library will follow the closing schedule of Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools and is planning for ways to continue to offer services to the community. Staff will be extending due dates on all library materials.

“We hope to reopen as soon as is safely possible.  We thank our patrons for understanding during these difficult times,” said Library Director Pat Shaffer-Gottschalk. Materials currently checked out are not due until April 30, 2020 at the earliest.

Library staff is also looking at unique ways to provide service, including keeping staff on hand to provide online and phone information services. A variety of resources are available at, Shaffer-Gottschalk said.

“The library’s information desk will stay open as much as possible so we can provide service to the community,” she said. Library staff will be available via phone at 507-634-7615. Click here for more information.

The Kasson library is not the only one in the county affected by COVID-19 situation.

All three libraries in Dodge County are now closed because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In Dodge Center, the library also closed on March 18. The library plans to reopen on Monday, March 30, but this could change depending on conditions, said Library Director Ingvild Herfindahl.

During the time the library is closed, she said, curbside pickup will be offered. Patrons wishing to pickup a book should call the library at 374-2275 and materials will be brought to you. There will be no late fees while the library is closed and materials will not be due until one week after it reopens.

West Concord’s library will be closed until at least March 27 at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.

Patrons of all three libraries will be able to download books from SELCO during the closings.

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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