AT THE LIBRARY: Curbside delivery procedures updated and a new online game

Published 9:17 am Tuesday, December 8, 2020

At the library, patron safety is of utmost importance.

Surface transmission of COVID-19 is a primary way this deadly virus spreads. To make sure infected items are not circulated, every item that comes back to the library is disinfected, quarantined for seven days, disinfected again, rubbed down with a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol solution and then re-circulated if it is reserved or re-shelved if it isn’t.

Everything possible is done to make library materials clean for curbside service.

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Because COVID-19 cases remain high in Clark County, the library has instituted a couple of new curbside policies.

There is no longer same-day curbside service. All curbside pick-up orders are now next-day service.

Patrons who reserve books through their online accounts or have materials on reserve can set up a curbside pick-up date — the next day or up to a week later — when a circulation librarian calls to say the materials are ready.

Patrons who can’t answer those calls and receive reserve item messages should call the library to set up a pick-up date before coming to the library parking lot. Please do not assume a message means items are ready for pick-up the next day. Reserve items are not checked out until a patron sets a pick-up date.

Call the library. Set a pickup date. Patrons who do not do this will be asked to come back the next day.

Because COVID-19 infection in Clark County remains high, when picking up curbside items, please wear a mask and stay behind the green line in front of the lobby doors until materials are brought out on a cart and the lobby librarian steps back safely behind the closed door.

Patrons will be reminded to move back if they come nearer to the library doors than the green line.

Aerosol transmission — breathing — is the primary means of COVID-19 infection. An unmasked infected person breathing near an open door spreads the virus. Depending on how the wind is blowing, the virus can spread much farther than six feet. A librarian working curbside delivery can be infected and other materials waiting for pickup can be infected.

Stay safe for the holidays and help your friends and neighbors stay safe, too. Thanks.

On a lighter note, let’s get ready to rumble.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, join host Brad Allard (via Zoom) for Champ’d Up, the latest artistic fighting game from Jackbox Games.

You will enter the Scrawliseum, where you will draw a fighter based on the title you are assigned. These prompts will be something like “Champion of Cowards” or “Champion of Grandma’s House.” After that, you will be prompted to draw a challenger based on the image of the champion that you will face off against — you will not receive the prompt, however.

Fighters will then face off to see who is better at representing their titles. Whoever receives the most votes from the other players wins. The player with the most fight money at the end of the tournament will be declared the champion. Up to eight people can play at a time. The winner of each tournament will receive a gift card to The Daily Grind.

Register to play and receive your Zoom invite by visiting the Evanced online reservation calendar on the Clark County Public Library website or visit the library’s events Facebook page.

Spread holiday cheer this year by merrily wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at