COVID-19 Monitoring and Measures

May 25, 2020

Dear Patrons


It is amazing how fast things have changed over the course of a few months. The one thing that did not change was how the library is focusing on community. Chilton, and the greater Calumet County area, are the reason behind our services and programs.  And we want to ensure that all our patrons and staff receive the best and safest experience when visiting the library, in-person or virtually.

With all of that in mind, the Chilton Public Library will be reopening the physical building with limited services to the public on June 1. There are some changes that the community will notice when coming into the building. These changes have been developed based on the Badger Bounce Back Plan, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Reopen Wisconsin guidelines, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Libraries, and guidance from area public libraries.

  • Curbside service will continue. Allow for 24 hours after placing a request for the library to schedule a pickup appointment.

  • There are designated doors for entrance and exit.

  • Patrons are asked to limit their visits to 20-30 minutes.

  • There will be a limit of 20 people allowed in the library at one time, this will include library staff.

  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is asked not to enter the library.

  • Patrons are asked to follow CDC guidelines of respecting social distancing.

  • Library encourages patrons to limit group sizes to two people

  • No gathering or socializing is discouraged.

  • ALL returning materials must be placed in the exterior book drop. The interior book drop will be closed.

  • ALL materials returned or delivered to the library will go through a 72-hour quarantine.

  • Directional tape has been placed on the floor at the start and end of the aisles to encourage one-way traffic.  These measures will help minimize interactions between patrons browsing the shelves.

  • Plexiglass guards have been placed at the service desks.

  • The bathrooms will be closed every 20 minutes on a rotating schedule to allow for increased cleaning and disinfecting.

  • The water fountain will NOT be available for public use.

  • The number of available public computers have been reduced.

  • All computers usage and assistance will be handled by appointment only.

  • Computer appointment are scheduled for 30-minute increments.

  • All in-person programming will be on hold. The library will continue with virtual programming.

  • While patrons are not required to wear a face covering when browsing for materials, face coverings are required for any close contact assistance.

  • All toys and game systems will be unavailable.

  • The meeting rooms will be closed.

  • The library will not be accepting any material donations.

Please remember that all materials are publicly circulated. While materials go through a 72-hour quarantine, there is no additional disinfecting. Patrons should consider this before checking out materials.

These are just some of the updates that have been made to provide a safe experience at the Chilton Public Library. Please remember that this is a fluid situation and changes to these procedures may change rapidly. The library will continue to work with Calumet County Health Department and the City of Chilton Emergency Manager to maintain safety for patrons and staff.

During this time curbside pickup will continue and will be encourage. It is an easy and safe way to get the materials that you want without having to step into the library. We will also encourage you to checkout our digital resources and programming to have the next best thing to being in the library.

We look forward to getting a chance to see everyone again, in a safe, socially distant manner. These restrictions will not be here to stay and hopefully soon will come the time where we all can gather together as friends and family. If you have any questions, please call the library (920-849-4414) or visit our website (

Thank you

​Glenny Whitcomb

Library Director

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