The Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with author Eric Jay Dolin as he discusses his most recent book, A Furious Sky: The Five Hundred Year History of America’s Hurricanes. Dolin presents the five-hundred-year story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’ New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. Historian H. W. Brands calls the book, "a riveting mix of natural science, institutional history and human experience. All in a great read.”
UPDATE: June 12, 2020
The Hudson Library and Historical Society will begin welcoming visitors back to the library on June 23.
“Our re-opening plan prioritizes the safety and well-being of both library users and staff,” says Leslie Polott, Executive Director and Curator of Hudson Library and Historical Society. “The plan was coordinated with other Summit County libraries to ensure it is carried out in a thoughtful, cautious manner and adheres to all the health directives from the Governors’ office, the Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Department of Health, and the CDC.”
Polott cautions that the June 23 re-opening doesn’t mean a return to business as usual. “We fully intend to return to offering full services at some point, but we’re not there yet. For the time being, our goal is to allow people into the building to browse our books, DVDs, and other materials while maintaining safe social distancing.”
Under the terms of the re-opening plan:
Behind the scenes, the library has instituted strict measures to create a safe environment. All returned materials are quarantined for four days before being re-shelved. Surfaces are cleaned every two hours, and a team of professional cleaners sanitizes the entire building regularly.
“By taking a more measured approach to our re-opening, we will be able to get it right and keep everyone safe,” Polott says. “As circumstances change, we will begin offering increased services and programming—as long as we can do so safely.”
According to Ohio’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, libraries are required to allow patrons to wear a face mask/covering, and public health guidance recommends it to help protect other patrons and employees. We will now require customers to wear a mask/face covering as long as there is a public health emergency. If a visitor objects to doing so for health/disability or religious reasons, then a reasonable accommodation will be made outside of the library building, such as curbside and drive-up services. Any individual whose behavior is deemed threatening others with possible exposure to the Coronavirus, such as refusing to wear a mask or not social distancing, will be required to leave the library.
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