Covid-19 Update: May 5, 2020

To all concerned:

The public library directors in Sioux County have met to discuss best practices toward reopening the libraries. Each library director, along with the respective library boards, desires to reopen as safely and responsibly as possible during this uncertain time. The following goals are held in common:

  • Each library is targeted to reopen by mid-May.
  • Each library will have designated times for individuals in the high-risk categories.
  • Each library will limit the hours it is open to the public.
  • Each library will have limited computers, with limited access.
  • Everyone should self-assess and be symptom free before entering the library.

Expect each library to operate differently than it has in the past and with regard to how the other libraries are providing services. The procedures at one library may not work for other libraries. Availability of staff, supplies and a facility’s design and capacity are some factors determining a library’s services. Curbside service will likely be available at each library. This service may be limited to certain days or times. Interlibrary loan services may be limited as libraries across the state reinstate this service.

Please help us keep Sioux County safe by using your local libraries safely and responsibly. You can do so by following the recommended guidelines of our state and local governments. Limiting your use to your primary library will also help in this regard. We look forward to your visits. In the meantime, we hope you continue to use and enjoy the online services and resources available at your public library.


Lisa Johnson, Director – Orange City Public Library

in agreement with –

Cheryl Hoekstra, Director – Alton Public Library

Shari Fedders, Director – Boyden Public Library

Valerie Haverhals, Interim Director – Hawarden Public Library

Brenda Klaassen, Director – Hospers Public Library

Matt Hoehamer, Director – Hull Public Library

Nicole McCray, Director – Rock Valley Public Library

Becky Bilby, Director – Sioux Center Public Library

covid-19 library update: may 1, 2020

Dear Readers, Supporters, and Friends,

I am sure that you are all as eager as we are here at the library for services to be reinstated. Governor Reynolds has recently given libraries, in a majority of counties, the approval to re-open in a limited capacity. Sioux County is included in this decree. This is welcome news.

During this closure, the staff has been working toward reopening. The library carpets and fixtures have been cleaned. Ordering of materials has continued. Supplies necessary for responsible and safe customer service have been ordered or are on backorder. The ability to reinstate services is tied to this need and will begin when all cleaning, sanitizing, and personal protective equipment have been procured. Please continue to use our online services as online collections have been expanded, new platforms introduced, and virtual programming instituted. There is even more to come!

It is likely that services will be restricted in some ways and public admittance limited by the restraints of the decree with respect to public safety. Please look for updates online at the library website, in social media, and in print. We look forward to serving you again within the library soon.

Peace be with you,

Lisa Johnson, MLIS
Director – Orange City Public Library

COVID-19 Library Update

Dear Orange City Public Library Readers, Supporters and Friends,

I have been thinking of you during these days of swift change and challenges. We at the library miss you all and realize the impact that our closing has on our community of avid readers and frequent library patrons.

Library card applications are now online so that everyone in Orange City, Maurice, and rural Sioux County can access our online books and resources. Librarians are available by telephone and email to answer questions and provide help Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Email to Fax service is available. If you have a document that can be emailed and requires faxing, please call to arrange for a fax. (Copyright restrictions apply.)

The Orange City Public Library continues to provide online access to our collections. Purchases of e-books and e-audio books have increased to provide more and better access to these resources. Streaming video has been added through RBdigital. Here you may enjoy 7-day access to seven streaming channels. Acorn TV brings world-class British mysteries, dramas and comedies. Great Courses offers lifelong learning and personal enrichment with hundreds of educational courses of video lecture. IndieFlix provides streaming pop culture, box office hits, award-winning feature films, and documentaries. Ponglo Novela Club has on demand Spanish language telenovelas, and translated movies. Quello Concerts’ on demand collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries bring music as well as video. LearnItLive is a live and on-demand service that has virtual reality wellness and personal development videos. Method Test Prep is a comprehensive self-paced program for ACT/SAT review.

TumbleBooks has expanded access to Math, Teen and Romance Collections. This resource allows simultaneous use which means every reader can use the TumbleBook collections without waiting. Creativebug, another streaming video learning service featuring experts and artists is coming soon! Until then is available through Sioux Center Public Library.
During this unprecedented time, I encourage you to look for the good in the face of uncertainty, take the needed health precautions, and experience the restorative and stress-relieving power of reading and storytelling. It is my hope that you remain well and are able to spend time outdoors getting fresh air and perhaps listening an e-audiobook as you walk the dog or run. Please know that we are grateful for your support of the Orange City Public Library, where the power of reading continues to make a positive impact in people’s lives.

Wishing you all good health,

Lisa Johnson, MLIS
Director, Orange City Public Library