Library Changes September 2020

The Dwight Foster Public Library will be moving to curbside service on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The library will continue to be accessible via curbside as it has since late May, Monday through Thursday 8a-6p, Friday 8a-5p, and Saturday 9a-1p. Follow these simple steps to obtain your items curbside.

Other Library Services Still Available:  

The Dwight Foster Public Library, Jefferson County, and Waukesha County library materials are all still available for checkout by placing a hold in our catalog. Full access to e-books, e-audiobooks, music, and streaming movies are still available via Overdrive and Hoopla while digital magazines are still available via Flipster. DFPL will continue to offer virtual programs for children and adults via Zoom and Facebook, host online book discussions, and provide online courses through Gale. Wifi access is also still accessible outside the library for your convenience at your car. If you would like to have us browse for materials that you like, please take advantage of the Librarian Picks service where librarians will select materials that match your interests.

Services not available at this time:

As we hope local and city case numbers go down soon during this pandemic, we are unable to provide access to computers, copiers, and study spaces in the building at this time.  Jonas Office Products (920-563-7355) is available locally for your copying/faxing needs.

Reason for change in service:

A few weeks ago, the board authorized the ‘Library Pandemic Phases (Opening/Closing)‘ plan, that helps to determine how and if the library would limit or increase library services during this and other pandemics. The section on limiting services (possibly moving back to curbside service) has had both thresholds crossed. The section states, “Consideration for the library director (in consultation with library board members) to move backwards in phases (limiting library services): if there is an 85% increase in local or county pandemic case numbers OR an increase in the county pandemic case percentage during a 14-day period.”

On Sept. 11th, there were 83 active cases in the county. On Sept. 21 there were 171. On Sept. 15th there were 9 active case in the Fort Atkinson area, now there are 38. In both cases we have crossed the 85% increase threshold.