Wanaque Library COVID-19 Update

March 22, 2020

Dear Wanaque neighbors,

In compliance with Executive Order 107, signed by New Jersey’s Governor Murphy this weekend, the Wanaque Library will be closed to both the public and the staff until the Governor lifts the Executive Order.

Also, at this time, we ask that you hold on to all items you currently have checked out and don’t return them, since we won’t be able to empty the book drop. Rest assured, we’ll provide a grace period of at least 30 days after we re-open for people to return library books. No overdue fines will accrue.

Also, please take note that there is a new state website dedicated to COVID-19 Information at https://covid19.nj.gov/.

We know that this is a scary and uncertain time. A lot of us are feeling lonely and isolated right now. If you would like to receive a daily “check-in” text, please email us at wanaquelibrary@gmail.com. Include your first name, your cell number, and one random fact about yourself  — what your favorite color is, whether you prefer cats or dogs, your profession or whatever (just as a conversation starter).

As a reminder, you can access our digital collection from home. Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, streaming videos and TV from the library electronically, using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Find out how here.  If you need assistance with this or with anything else, please email us at wanaquelibrary@gmail.com. We also encourage you to engage with us on social media – Instagram or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wanaquelibrary.org.


Mary Martin, Library Director
Wanaque Public Library


COVID-19: Stay Informed

There is a lot of information floating around about coronavirus, and unfortunately not all of it is accurate. For current, accurate information about this virus we recommend New Jersey’s COVID-19 site at https://covid19.nj.gov/, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the the New Jersey Department of Health websites (see links below).

Here is a link to the CDC’s COVID-19  Frequently Asked Questions, which include information about typical symptoms, how the disease spreads, and much more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics

The New Jersey Department of Health web site offers common-sense ideas for preventing the spread of disease, including these tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer or a wipe.  [Looking for a way to encourage kids to wash their hands? Check out this catchy Youtube video developed by a pediatrician.]
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the New Jersey Department of Health at their 24-hour coronavirus hotline, 1-800-222-1222.