COVID-19 Community Resources

Mar 20, 2020

Community Resources- Information on childcare, healthcare, food programs, volunteer needs and other community resources.

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Rhinelander Area Business Changes and Updates

N.A.M.I.- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (N.A.M.I.) Northern Lakes is temporarily closed is alignment with local health services recommendations.  If you or know of someone who is in need of Peer Support, there are Peer Support Specialists available via phone or email.  More information at 715-369-4740.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry- The Rhinelander Food Pantry is open for regular distribution times. Mondays (3-6p), Wednesdays (4-7p) and Saturdays (10:30a-1p).  The only difference is, customers will not be allowed in the building, but rather remain in their vehicles until they can come up to the front door, one at a time, to receive their food allotment.

Rhinelander District Library – The Rhinelander District Library is OPEN. Tuesday, June 30, the BULIDING will open withlimited hours for public. Building Open: Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-1pm, andThursday 12pm-6pm. A limited number of patrons will be welcomed into the building for 30 minute periods to browse the collection and/or use the computers. The Children’s Department will be open, however no one under the age of 16 will be allowed at this time. The Stevens Street entrance will be closed. Please use the parking lot entrances and follow the traffic pattern indicated in the building. Seating is limited and the meeting room is not available at this time. Staff will be wearing masks/ face coverings for your protection. We strongly encourage masks/face coverings be worn by all visitors to the building. In person computer or shelf assistance requires a mask.Curbside pickup service will continue for the foreseeable future as the safest way for you to access RDLs collection. Curbside pickup available: Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday 8:30am- 1pm, and Friday 8:30-5pm. Please return checked-out items to the outside book drops.

Starting August 3rd, the Rhinelander District Library will be hosting a monthly virtual book club for teens! Patrons between the ages of 12-18 will be able to choose between two monthly options (or even both!) and talk about them on a free app/website. Similar to Facebook and Snapchat, readers will join a private group and are then free to post and reply as they please. Unlike typical book clubs, teens can comment on the book as they are reading it, no matter the time, rather than waiting for a meeting at the end of the month to discuss their thoughts. The club will be a new way to keep teens connected not only to books, but to each other! Books and audio-books will be made available both at the library and through the library’s app. 

For More information contact:

Elisha Sheffer – Teen/YA Librarian

715-365-1070

teen@rhinelanderlibrary.org

 

NO Returns will be accepted inside the building at this time. Exceptions are WiFi hotspots or items marked “fragile/return inside.” Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours per CDC guidelines and will be backdated to the date of return. Book-drop open: Monday 8:30am through Friday 5pm. The Rhinelander District Library is currently CLOSED: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

All hours subject to change. Please check the library website www.rhinelanderlibrary.org, Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RhinelanderLibrary/, or call the library, 715-365-1070, to be sure it is open.

A note from the Director 6/19/2020

Dear District Library Patrons,

As I write this, contactless curbside pickup of materials is in full swing and our Library Board has approved a plan for a limited expansion of library services to ensure the health of library users and our staff. When will the library reopen? Rhinelander District Library is planning to open by Tuesday, June 30. When we do open it won’t be “business as usual.” Our plan is to implement a phased expansion of services so that we may do so safely and in a manner best for the community. The building has been deep cleaned and some spaces reconfigured. We are ensuring there are adequate sanitizers for your hands, surfaces, and other public areas. Please physically distance. There will be tape on the floor to give you indications of where to stand and preferred traffic flow. We ask that no more than two patrons browse in an aisle at a time. Please don’t gather in groups or linger in the library or on library grounds for now. And please don’t come in if you are feeling unwell or sick. If you need library materials, send someone to pick it up for you via curbside pickup. The library is not taking donations. Please do not fill up book drops or leave donations outside the library or the Re-Tale shop. Contact the Friends of the Library if you have items to donate. https:// www.facebook.com/FOLRhinelander/ Finally, RDL is not allowing children into the building at this time. The children’s department will be open for parents and caregivers to select materials, but our children will have a hard time remaining distant with their friends and our staff, too!

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We know this situation is difficult and disappointing. Through it all, the library is committed to patron and staff safety. Library staff are still available by phone Monday through Friday and email. No matter what the future holds, no matter what your circumstances may be, you can count on your library to be here for you.

Please feel free to share this information and continue to visit our website and Facebook page for updates as well as local media.

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon,

Virginia Roberts

St. Augustine Episcopal Church-  in Rhinelander will be hosting The Table, the free meal program held the last day of each month, Tuesday, June 30th, with some adjustments.  Rather than being served on-site, take-out meals will be provided.  You may pick up your family’s meals beginning at 5:30pm.  Delivery can be arranged by calling the delivery request phone number prior to 3pm Tuesday, June 30th, at 715-420-0066.

School District of Rhinelander-  Please note that the times for food pick-up at Rhinelander High School has changed. The days will remain the same: Mondays and Thursdays. However, the times are changing. The new time will be 7:00 am - 11:30 am. There will be no afternoon pick-ups.

Eagle River Area Updates

Three Lakes Area Updates

Demmer Library- The Demmer Memorial Library is happy to announce their limited reopening. In person services will be available during the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12 PM to 7 PM on Wednesdays. Library users will have 30 minutes per day to browse and select books for checkout, use public computers, print, copy, fax, or scan documents. For more information on any library service, can be provided by phone at 715-546-3391 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM and 5 PM and Wednesdays between 12 PM and 7 PM, or leave a message during closed hours, or by email demmer@demmerlibrary.org. Online content is still available at Demmer Library on Facebook or demmer library dot org. 

The library has extended the reach of the wi-fi signal outside to reach across the museum grounds to the west of the building and the green space between the library and the municipal building. The Town of Three Lakes has placed picnic tables in the grassy area and invites wi-fi users to bring their own chairs and make use of the space. No password is needed to access “publiclibrary” Wi-Fi network.

Online programming continues. A no-contact summer reading program beginning June 20 will be offered through the Beanstack online app. Participants will track reading and other activities and be eligible to earn digital badges and be entered to win gift certificates from local businesses as prizes. Orders for new books have resumed and a selection of new titles will be available for request as those items are processed. New books are listed in the library’s monthly newsletter which is posted on the library’s website and available for pickup in the vestibule, and new items are being featured on the library’s Facebook page. Other online services continue to be available, online learning with Gale Courses, eBooks and audiobooks through Libby and Overdrive, and continued free access to the library edition of Ancestry.com.

Watch the Demmer’s webpage at www.demmerlibrary.org and Facebook page for updates on programs and services. For more information on any library service, call 715-546-3391 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM and 5 PM and Wednesdays between 12 PM and 7 PM, or leave a message during closed hours, or email demmer@demmerlibrary.org.

The Demmer Library in Three Lakes continues to offer their Summer Reading Program:  Imagine Your Story through August 15.  

Mondays are for Make and Takes and involve taking the craft or item from the front steps of the library.  Make and Take kits will change every week.  The program is aimed at school aged children, and an adult craft will be offered later in the summer.

Tuesdays the library will offer Story Hour online.  You can check the Demmer Facebook page or the website for videos and stories.  

Wednesdays are Teen Spotlight Day.  Articles, videos, and contests will be posted online for teens to interact with. 

Thursdays you will need to “Find the Librarian”.   Each week follow the clues to find the library rock and password can. You can find clues posted on Facebook and at the Demmer Library.  Take a picture with the rock and email it to chorant@demmerlibrary.org or post the picture in the comments of that week’s post. Take a password from the can and enter it in BEANSTACK to get an extra prize drawing entry.

Fridays are for getting together.  Live story hour and Lego Club will alternate and meet up at 10:00 am on an app called BlueJeans.  For a schedule of the events or to get the link to join the meet-ups, e-mail librarian@demmerlibrary.org or message the library on Facebook.  

 

Minocqua Area Updates

Northwoods Wildlife Center- The Northwoods Wildlife Center is taking necessary precautions due to COVID-19.  Spring is a busy time as many may find orphaned or injured animals on their property.  NWC is available to help 24/7 at 715-356-7400. 

Boulder Junction Area Resources

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