Elbert County's library system goes curbside

Pines & Plains decision draws split opinions

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderon
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/10/22

Pines & Plains Libraries returned to curbside pickup on Jan. 5 as a result of rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in Elbert County.

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Elbert County's library system goes curbside

Pines & Plains decision draws split opinions

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Pines & Plains Libraries returned to curbside pickup on Jan. 5 as a result of rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in Elbert County.
 
“Due to unprecedented surge in COVID cases in the county, for the protection of our employees and our patrons, the Board has decided to move to curbside service effective January 5th, 2022,” Patty Lampman, president for the Pines & Plains Libraries Board of Trustees, wrote in a message to Colorado Community Media. “We will resume regular service when our county average weekly positivity numbers return to 16%.”
 
The Pines & Plains Libraries Board of Trustees reached the decision to tighten COVID-19 protocols after weeks of watching COVID-19 numbers increase. In a Jan. 4 official statement from Elbert County Public Health Director, Dwayne Smith, the COVID-19 statistics have reached a new high.
 
“Nearly 1 in 100 county residents have tested positive for the virus in the past two weeks. Elbert County’s two-week cumulative incidence has reached another pandemic-high of 966.13 cases per 100,000 population, or 253 known confirmed cases in the past two weeks,” Smith wrote. “Our two-week average positivity is up to 21.16%, while our one-week average positivity has jumped to 27.85%. The statewide one-week average positivity is currently 23.99%; for context on the rapid rise in positivity, one week ago this figure was 13.97%, while two weeks ago is was 7.08%.”
 
The decision to move library services curbside has drawn split opinions, however. Some library patrons argue that the decision is unnecessary and will negatively impact those who use the library.
 
“It’s tough for the little kids. They won’t be able to go in for story time, pick up books themselves. They really miss out,” said a patron of Pines & Plains Libraries who declined to be named. “All these cases popping up, are they necessarily patrons? I don’t think so. It’s not fair to the patrons who are healthy and doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
 
Others are happy with the decision, arguing that it is one step toward keeping residents safe from the evolving COVID-19 and its variants. “I’m glad they are keeping our community safe,” said Elbert County resident Lisa Beach. “Throughout the whole pandemic, the library has always been a safe space. I appreciate any place doing what is necessary to keep the patrons and employees safe. It is courageous to make a decision like that.”
 
Some others have expressed concern about the libraries and their ability to function under the new COVID-19 curbside protocol. Wendy Walp, former administrative assistant for the Pines & Plains Libraries, says that even though change can be a struggle, the library staff members are capable of taking on the challenge.
 
“The library staff is amazing at working curbside,” said Walp. “If you are wanting books, they can get them for you. They will even recommend books for you. I know it is very doable.”
For updates and changes on Pines & Plains Libraries COVID-19 protocols, visit their website at pplibraries.org.

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