COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

UPDATE: Posted 3.25.2020

Per Gov. Evers Emergency Order 12, the Ethel Everhard Memorial Library will remain closed to the public through at least Thursday, April 23rd. That date is subject to change. All due dates have been extended until Friday, May 1st. The library will continue to provide service via phone during regular library hours.

UPDATE: Posted 3.16.2020
Ethel Everhard Memorial Library closed effective Tuesday, March 17. 
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the library is closed to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17th. The library plans to reopen when the Westfield School District reopens (tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 6th), but this is subject to change based on the rapidly evolving situation.

As you are aware, COVID-19 is a new form of coronavirus that causes a respiratory illness and can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The health and safety of patrons and staff are our number one priority at Ethel Everhard Memorial Library. Here is what you need to know about library service at this time:

Library materials will not be available to check out.
Fines will not be assessed to any materials currently checked out, through at least Monday, April 6th.
Materials may be returned to the drop box outside the library. Please do not return materials if you are feeling sick. If you need to extend your due date beyond April 6th, please call the library (608) 296-2544 and leave a message.
Holds on items have been suspended; they will not be filled until the library reopens.

Staff will continue to provide information services via phone (608) 296-2544. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The library's Wi-Fi (wireless Internet) will remain on 24/7. Patrons will be able to access the library's Wi-Fi within approximately 50 feet of the outside of the library building. There is no password for the Wi-Fi.

Digital resources including the Wisconsin Digital Library will continue to be available on our website. The "Libby" app to access the Wisconsin Digital Library from your phone or tablet is available in the App store (Apple) and Play Store (Android) on most devices. To use Libby, download the Libby app to your device then follow the prompts to login, use your library card barcode (no spaces) as your login and the last four digits of your phone number as your pin/password. If you have questions about accessing any digital resources, the Wisconsin Digital Library, or the Libby app, please call the library (608) 296-2544 and leave a message. We will assist you as soon as possible.

As the situation evolves, we will update you on our website. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we face this challenging time together.


Here are some recommendations from the CDC:

If you are sick, stay home.
Wash hands often and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitizer that is 60 to 90 percent alcohol based.
Do not shake hands; use other noncontact methods of greeting.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Follow social distancing practices; keep a distance of six feet between you and other people.

Accurate Sources of Information: 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention