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5:23 pm CDT March 12, 2020

In anticipation of the expected spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Glencoe Public Library and Glencoe Park District are closing through much of March.

The library says it hopes to reopen April 1, while the park district says it will be closed until at least March 29. Both closings begin Friday, March 13, so staff can prepare for the closure and include all facilities and programming put on by the public entities. 

“We are taking this unprecedented step to protect the health of our patrons and our staff,” said Andrew Kim, executive director of the library. “While we truly regret having to suspend services, we are standing with the community’s institutions and being cautious.”

All library services will be suspended for the time being. Checked-out materials may be returned through the book drop. All overdue fines will be waived until re-opening.

Glencoe cardholders are encouraged to make the most of the library's online and streaming resources.

An exception to the park district closure is Election Day polling at Watts Center Tuesday, March 17, and the Board of Commissioners meeting, which will take place March 17 in the Takiff Center lobby "in order to conduct critical business." 

Otherwise all park district activities, rentals and events scheduled through March 29 are canceled. This includes Children’s Circle Full Day Preschool, Kids Club, Early Learning Center Preschool, Glencoe Junior Kindergarten, Glencoe Youth Services, all special events, sporting, fitness, and enrichment classes, as well as access to open gym and Glencoe Fitness. 

"While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution," the district's release says. "The Park District closure follows New Trier Township schools and recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff."