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  • Our Library Services and COVID-19

    We know you have concerns about COVID-19 and we wanted to let you know what steps the library is taking and steps you can take to help lessen the curve* in our area.

    What the Richton Park Library is doing:

    1. The library will be closed Monday, March 16th through April 7th, 2020
    2. The drive-up book return will be closed. Please keep materials at home during this time period - you will not be charged for items due during this time.
    3. All programs have been cancelled until further notice.
    4. Toys, puzzles, and other communal non-circulating materials have been temporarily removed from public spaces until further notice.
    5. Used book donations are not being accepted until further notice.
    6. We are making every attempt to provide additional disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues to the public. 
    7. Handwashing information signs have been posted in restrooms
    8. Public computers have been selectively put out service to encourage social distancing
    9. The library went through a full sanitation during it's closure in March.

    How you can help:

    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    2. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
    3. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or tissue, not your hand. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
    4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
    5. Avoid contact with people who are sick
    6. Stay home if you have any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms to help yourself recover and to help protect other community members, including library staff.

    Using the library from home:

    The library provides several online resources that you can take advantage of from any internet capable device with your valid Richton Park Public Library card:

    1. eBook, eAudiobook, and more are available online through Media On Demand, Biblioboard/Inkie, and Project Gutenburg
    2. Access thousands of articles for your research needs through our online databases: ProQuest's eLibary, World Book Online, and Scholastic ScienceFlix
    3. Check your account status and renew items already checked out or suspend holds if needed
    4. If you do not have a library card, you can register for a Digital Library Card to temporarily access our library's Digital Resources.

    We will be monitoring our library e-mail account daily, so if you have any questions about library services, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will make every attempt to respond to you within 2-business days. 

    Official Coronovirus Information Channels:

    1. World Health Organization
    2. Center for Disease Control
    3. Illinois Department of Public Health
    4. Cook County Department of Public Health

    Further Reading:

    1. Marshall, Doreen. “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak.American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 11 Mar. 2020

    2. NPR’s Special Series “The Coronavirus Crisis”. National Public Radio.

    3. Talking to Children about COVID-19.” National Association of School Psychologists, 29 Feb. 2020

    4. Gavin, Kara. “Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help? University of Michigan Health, 11 Mar. 2020


    This post was updated 3/30/2020 at 3:30pm to adjust closure dates & add information on obtaining a digital library card.

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  • Join our Team! - Applications Accepted Until Filled

    Join our Team at the Richton Park Public Library! We are hiring a Part-Time Youth Services Clerk/School Liason. Applications are due March 23rd.  Applications are being accepted until position is filled.

    Click here to see the PDF Job Description & Details!

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