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Minocqua Library responds

April 17, 2020

To the Editor:

I would like to reassure the community that the decision to close the Minocqua Public Library was not made lightly. The library prides itself on providing essential services to the communities it serves, and that commitment has not changed. The decision to close was made after consulting with the Minocqua Town Board and the WVLS library system, and after monitoring activities of other libraries nationwide. During a natural disaster, the library strives to remain open to serve as a safe space for people to get accurate information and access resources. Coronavirus presents a different dilemma and the library remaining open could have put the staff, their families, and the community at large, at risk. As more and more businesses follow suit, I am reassured that the correct decision was made. Many of the staff have been able to use this time to catch up on essential library projects that are sometimes put on hold during normal operations. Our library staff is anxious to get back to providing some level of service and will constantly reassess the rapidly-changing situation. There are many unknowns at this time and we all would like to get back to “normal” as soon as possible. The library staff is no exception! Please check out the Minocqua Library website and Facebook page for information and excellent ideas to remain engaged during this period of “social distancing.”

Jean Mejerle

Minocqua Library Board of Trustees president

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