With the official pandemic classification of the novel coronavirus by the World Health Organization, the Knoxville Public Library is preparing to take steps to slow the spread and help combat misinformation about the virus.

The library will remain open to the public to support our community and be a source of reliable information. However, as a precaution, all library programs are cancelled until April 3. This will affect Story Time, family movie night, make-and-take craft time and international movie night. The Roll and Read Program with Marion County Public Health on Tuesday, March 17 is also postponed.

The library is also following best practices by cleaning/disinfecting all materials and surfaces. Hand sanitizer is also available at public locations, and staff are washing hands frequently. Anyone who is sick is advised to stay home. The Library Board is also reviewing and developing policies related to communicable diseases.

All online resources are available on the library’s website at www.knoxville.lib.ia.us. These include Freegal (downloadable music), Kanopy (move streaming) Brainfuse (homework and school resources) and Bridges (ebook and audiobook materials).

For reliable information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (https://idph.iowa.gove/) websites. Call the library at 641-828-0585 or email knoxlib@knoxville.lib.ia.us for more information.

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