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Statement in Regard to Health & Safety at the Library
Update: 2/28/22 - As of February 28, 2022, due to the expiration of the Illinois Governor's mask mandate, and CDC guidelines - face masks are recommended but are no longer required. CDC mask recommendations
Update: 2/22/22 - The Library resumes regular business hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Update: 2/7/22 - The Library is open with temporary hours: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday for In-Person, Drive-Up and Virtual Services. On evenings and weekends, we are open with Drive-Up and Virtual Services.
Update: 1/28/22 - The Library is working toward reopening as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The Library will reopen as soon as we finalize the hiring of additional security services.
The St. Charles Public Library Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Saturday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. in regard to the events that happened at the St. Charles Public Library the week of January 17, 2022. This Special Board Meeting resulted in a unified decision to continue to support and enforce all Library policies. View Special Board Meeting recording on our YouTube Channel.
Board Action Approved:
The Board moved to continue to support and enforce all current policies, including the closing of the Library building when health and safety of patrons and staff are threatened.
We certainly hear the frustration of our community members, and we understand that the mandate requirements have been difficult for many. However, we are a unit of government and are required to follow Governor Pritzker's mask mandate. During this challenging time, we strive to continue to provide services to patrons, including our drive-up window, virtual services, and research and reading services are available via phone, email and chat. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
We would like to clarify some misinformation circulating in our community.
Here are the facts:
1. On January 18, 2022, an organized group of 30-40 individuals came into the Library's Youth Service department willingly violating Library policy.
2. Regarding heightened threats:
a. Since January 18, the Library has received hundreds of communications and social media commentary. Many of these communications and posts threatened a form of physical retaliation against the Library including statements that unmasked large groups would enter the Library. We have been diligently working with the St. Charles Police Department throughout this process. We thank them for their efforts and advice. Prior to reopening the Library, we are making sure that we have security measures in place.
b. Other examples include:
“They don’t even know what a threat to safety is yet.”
“These people need to be shown what an actual ambush looks like.”
“Now the battle begins! Go get them.”
“I may start walking into the library without a mask, just to harass (staff).”
“Watch out - we’re coming!”
“…Show up 100 deep within 30 minutes…”
“Freedom rules. You guys are going to go down.”
The Library, the City and Police strive to work together to support, enhance and strengthen our community. However we are separate units of government that serve different roles and often partner for various initiatives.
The Library is eager to open our doors and will do so as soon as all security measures are in place. We look forward to opening at full capacity, serving our community and doing what we do best. Thank you for your patience and outpouring of support.
Check our website and social media outlets for updates.