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March 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicholas A. Brown

(301) 699-3500, ext. 6142

nicholas.brown@pgcmls.info

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Operating Status Changes

Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), per instructions from the County Health Department, announced today that all library programs, outreach events, meeting room activities, and passport services will be suspended indefinitely (effective Friday, March 13, 2020). Beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, the Library will be closed until further notice. The Library and County Government partners are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Prince Georgians during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. The decision to reopen the Library will be made in consultation with the County Health Department and will be announced via email, pgcmls.info, and social media.

Customers will be able to access all of the Library’s online resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and music, educational tools, and databases. Library staff will be available to answer questions on the Library’s website and via social media. Book-drops will be locked and fines incurred (during the closure only) will be waived.

The Library encourages high risk individuals to observe the precautions recommended below by the County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). High risk individuals are older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart, lung and kidney disease, or are immunocompromised.

Recommendations for high risk individuals:

  1. Stay at home as much as you can
  2. Avoid large crowds
  3. If you have to go out in public, you should keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often
  4. Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time

The Prince George’s County Government has a coordinated effort among all agencies to address the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This effort is being spearheaded by the Health Department, and all agencies are taking the appropriate steps to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy. Residents are encouraged to stay informed of latest updates by visiting our coronavirus website, which is updated regularly: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus. Members of the public can also contact the County Health Department’s hotline at (301) 883-6627 between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week for further assistance. You may also visit pgcmls.info/coronavirus for additional County and CDC resources, including Spanish and French materials.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, MANGO Languages, ArtistWorks for Libraries, and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy 3D printing, Minecraft, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) Lab, chess clubs, and TAG (Teen Action Group), free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps. Learn more about what your Library has to offer at pgcmls.info.