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Coronavirus Updates


The Library is Open for Curbside Pickup by Appointment and Return of Materials! 

The building may still be closed but your library is open, offering curbside pickup /return of materials daily by appointment, Mon - Fri, 10 am to 5pm and Sat. 10 am to 1pm:  You can either order online via your library account, or you can call the library to request materials. Extended checkout times and fine forgiveness are in effect until we can re-open our doors. Materials can be returned any day to the book drops at the rear entry of the building. 

Need to use a computer to work online or print out documents? The library has a public computer and printer available by reservation for you to use. Just call to schedule an appointment. 

Library WIFI can be accessed from outside the building, 6am -8pm daily. Need something else? Please give us a call, we're at your service and appreciate your patience as we all work our way safely through the current public health emergency. 


For current information concerning Covid 19 in Grant County and Wisconsin, please visit the Grant County Emergency Management facebook page, and the WI Department of Health Services.

Boscobel Residents: for more community resources or assistance, visit the City of Boscobel Covid-19 Resource Center on Facebook. Be well!

03/20/2020 Update from the Governors Office

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Updated Mass Gatherings Order

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue updates to the previous order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people.The updated order maintains the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and indefinite school closures, but includes some important changes and clarifications:

  • Treats bars and restaurants are the same. Bars will be able to have carryout sales of alcohol and food, if allowed by local ordinances and state law. This will help ensure thousands of establishments can stay in business during this unprecedented health emergency.
  • Media and news organizations can remain open to provide the public with vital information.
  • Laundromats may remain open.
  • Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions may remain open if they practice social distancing.
  • All parts of the food delivery system – from farms to stores – may remain open.
  • Clarifies that cafeterias in healthcare facilities may remain open to serve our healthcare workers.
  • Allied health professions, such as acupuncturists, are unaffected by the mass gathering ban.
  • All parts of our transportation system can continue to serve our economy.
  • Any facility used for in-person absentee voting or as a polling location may remain open for voting, except for sites at long-term care and assisted care facilities.
  • Hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities must close effective 5 pm on Fri., March 20, 2020.
  • Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your face; and
  • Staying home when able.

All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together 10 or less people in a single room or confined space, whether inside or outside, at the same time must preserve social distancing and follow all other public health recommendations issued by DHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Voluntary cancellation, closure, or limitations on the size of gatherings beyond the requirements of this order are permitted and encouraged. 
People should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

03/16/2020 UPDATE:
Boscobel Public Library will be closed today, March 16th in response to Coronavirus pandemic advisories. We hope to be able to re-open  by appointment or for limited access/ service hours at a later date as more information becomes available about how we can protect our community. 
Public WIFI can still be accessed from outside the building. Books and DVDs can be returned to the parking lot bookdrop. Fines are suspended during this time. 

Take good care everyone.

03/15/2020 UPDATE:
All Boscobel Library events and programs have been suspended until April 6th, out of an abundance of caution for all patrons and staff.  Breaking the chain of Coronavirus infection and potential  community transmission requires avoiding group gatherings, maintaining "social distance" between people and following the personal hygiene and sanitation guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, as outlined below. Not everyone who is infected shows symptoms right away, which is when "stealth infections" can take place in public spaces. 

In addition the virus is estimated to live on surfaces from one to three days. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, droplets can be deposited on nearby surfaces- doorknobs, desktops, bathroom fixtures, railings, etc. If a healthy person touches the same surfaces while the virus is active and afterwards rubs their eyes or touches their nose or lips, eats or uses their phone (pressed against the face), the virus then has a potential pathway to infect the healthy person. 

For the reasons outlined above, your library is taking precautions  in the best interest of the community. We're working, along with other departments and the City of Boscobel government, to establish  a Coronavirus Action Plan for the next several weeks, as we all work together to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. The main things to remember are to stay calm, wash your hands and maintain social distance- but don't forget to call and check in with family and neighbors, especially those over 60 who may be "self-isolating" to stay healthy.  We'll post additional information here and to Facebook as we receive it. Take good care everyone, be well. 

 WI libraries statewide are ready to help you stay informed about how to stay well with up to date and accurate information about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza outbreaks. On this page we’ll be sharing links to reliable information sources, and day to day best practices to help stay well and be prepared. 

The National Centers for Disease Control as well as our local hospitals and medical professionals tell us that staying calm and following prevention guidelines are the two most important things people can do at this time. In the majority of communities flu still remains a much greater concern  than COVID-19. Avoiding rumors, fear-mongering and not sharing questionable information on social media can go a long way toward keeping our communities well and functioning well.

Below you can find links to trustworthy information sources and a summary of best practices for going about day to day life and staying well.

DAY TO DAY BEST PRACTICES While no method is foolproof, following these preventive action guidelines and teaching them to your children can help reduce risk: 

1. Wash you hands frequently & thoroughly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash right away, use a minimum 60% -95% alcohol based sanitizer until you can wash. 
2. Always cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Even if you feel well. Instruct your children to do the same. 
3. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes. This is how germs get inside your body. 
4. Replace handshakes and social hugs & kisses with elbow or hip bumps. Your friends and family will understand and love you more for trying to keep them well! 
5. Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces at work and home- especially in public places. Think counters, door knobs, handles, keypads, light switches, keyboard and mouse, phones, tablets, chargers, shopping cart handles, menus, water fountains, pens and pencils and of course children’s toys, books, legos, strollers, changing tables, etc. 
6. Always wash hands before you eat and after handling money. 
7. Check with the businesses you frequent and encourage them to follow best practices for their industry. If you see something unsafe, say something. 
8. If you are sick or feeling unwell, stay home. Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
9. Be familiar with and follow CDC preparation guidelines so that you have what you need if you or a family member do get sick, or in the unlikely event of a community outbreak.
10. Practice self care to help handle stress: eat well, rest, exercise regularly, take regular time outs and remember laughter is the best medicine most of the time!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an excellent source of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak information, as well as many other outbreaks and emergency preparedness concerns. Public organizations may wish to review the Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders page for guidance, checklists, and cleaning and disinfecting recommendations. The CDC also provides a number of free print resources, from fact sheets to hand washing posters, in multiple languages.

Agencies within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also have reliable information on COVID-19, particularly the MedlinePlus consumer health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and more in-depth information for researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

The World Health Organization (WHO) site provides a more global perspective on the COVID-19 outbreak, including international travel advice.

More locally, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides a wealth of information for Wisconsin residents, including guidance for employers, self-quarantine practices, and a current outbreaks and investigations tracker. Wisconsin's Flu Resource includes current information, national and international resources, links to news articles, pandemic planning checklists, and resources for families and businesses in Wisconsin.

If you have questions or need more information, please call the library at 608-375-5723.
If you or a family member are ill, please contact a medical professional: Boscobel Clinic: (608) 375-4144 Gunderson Boscobel Area Hospital (608) 375-4112. If you need immediate medical attention or other help, dial 911

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