During the COVID-19 global pandemic, libraries find themselves serving in the role of second responders by providing services such as accurate, timely information about the pandemic; broadcasting WiFi in parking lots to support virtual learning and working; and providing services that ensure the health and recovery of community life.
The information on these pages is curated to assist public libraries with those services.
Arkansas is currently in Phase 1-B of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Arkansans currently eligible to receive the vaccine include those who are 65 or older as well as those who work in education including K-12, child care and higher ed. Vaccinations are also now available for those who work in food manufacturing. Although public library staff are not specifically identified in Phase 1-B, public library staff may contact their community pharmacy to determine eligibility as public libraries continue to play an essential role in the educational process.
Resources for Health and Well-Being
- How to Wear Masks
- Fabric Mask Pattern with Three Layers
- Instructions for No Sew Face Masks
- AR Connect Mental Health Call Center 501.526.3563 or 1.800.482.9921; available 24/7
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1.800.985.5990; Talk with a trained crisis counselor at SAMHSA’s hotline
- Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Guidance & Resources from the AR Department of Health
- Self Home Quarantine
- Quarantine Handout — simple explanation of quarantine for posting in break room or staff area
- Face Coverings Directive
- Masks Are Required Signage | Spanish
- No Entry Signage | Spanish — for posting on doors and entryways
- COVID-19 Resources for Hearing Impaired
- Public Health Recommendations in Marshallese
For more information, contact:
- Jennifer Wann
- Manager of Library Development
- email@example.com or (501) 682-5288