The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended programs, outreach and use of public meeting rooms effective immediately through the end of March. During this time, patrons will not accrue daily charges for overdue materials and no fees will be charged for holds not picked up within the designated time, according to a press release. The library system is also asking that children under age 16 be accompanied by a supervising adult age 18 or older. CALS will maintain normal business hours but is encouraging library visitors to create social distance.
The organization has also suspended after-school feeding programs. CALS and Be Mighty Little Rock are part of a citywide campaign to offer pick-up meals at various locations across Little Rock including schools and libraries. See the release from the City of Little Rock.
CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter previously issued a statement with other precautions the library is taking to help prevent the spread of the virus, including:
Adding additional cleaning and sanitation procedures in library buildings
Providing reminders for staff and customers about hand washing hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes
Encouraging staff and library users to stay home if they have any symptoms of illness
Making hand sanitizer available for library staff and users when possible
Coulter’s full statement and the latest updates are available at CALS.org. For more information, contact the library at (501) 918-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.