In a statement released to today by the American Library Association (ALA), “Although closing a library is a local decision, we urge library administrators, local boards and governments to close library facilities until such time as library workers and our communities are no longer at risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Keeping libraries open at this time has the potential to harm communities more than help. ”

The health of safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff are a top priority.  In light of the recent COVID-19 developments, the Clearwater Public Library will be closed beginning at 5PM on Tuesday, March 17th through Saturday, March 21st.  The Library Board will reevaluate on Friday, March 20th, to make a decision about the next week.  All Library programs affected by the closings will be rescheduled as needed.  The due dates for items checked out will be extended so you do not have to worry about fines.  All items can be returned in the drop box.  The Library’s web page, Facebook page and email will still be available to you.  Online resources, including the Sunflower e – library, will still be available and we encourage our patrons to use these