The Monroe County Public Library System will begin reopening to in-person visits on a staggered schedule while continuing to fill vacancies in the Marathon, Islamorada, and Key Largo branches that resulted from cutbacks during the height of COVID-19.
The Key West and Big Pine Key branches will reopen Monday, March 22, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Islamorada will reopen 3 days a week starting Tuesday, April 6 on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The branch will return to a full schedule upon filling open vacancies.
Key Largo is scheduled to begin a whole-building recarpeting project this week to repair Hurricane Irma damage that should take approximately 30 days to complete. The funding was just secured for the project; therefore, it could not have been completed sooner. The branch will reopen 3 days a week at the completion of the project and will return to a full schedule upon filling open vacancies.
The Marathon branch is in the midst of a major move into the new facility. The former branch facility will remain closed to the public at this time but will host a “Goodbye Week” April 26-30 welcoming the public to say goodbye to the old facility. During Goodbye Week, please consider helping library staff move by checking out up to 50 items from the collection and returning them to the NEW building when it opens in June.
Curbside services will continue to be available 6 days a week at all branches.
Services available during in-branch visits:
Browse books, audiobooks, & DVDs, Computers will be available for one-hour appointments each day, which can be reserved in the library. Reference and computer assistance from library staff. Printers and copiers. Book drops for the return of all library material. Curbside checkout and printing will remain available at all five branches
We continue to follow Monroe County’s COVID 19 guidelines for your safety.
A facial covering is required and must be worn while inside any branch, Maintain social distancing, Limited building occupancy to allow for social distancing, Regular sanitization of the public spaces
Visit www.keyslibraries.org, call your local branch, or follow your favorite branch on social media for updates, a complete list of our virtual library events, online resources, and more.
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to relax, the Monroe County Public Library System will add to the available services and spaces.
REMINDER: REENTRY STICKER VEHICLE WINDSHIELD DECALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MONROE COUNTY RESIDENTS
MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County residents can pick up one reentry sticker for each registered vehicle by providing proof of residency at a Monroe County Tax Collector’s office. Proof of residency includes a Florida Driver’s License and vehicle registration, or a property bill with an out-of-county vehicle registration for out-of-county residents who own a home in Monroe County. These stickers make reentry easier if checkpoints are required to assure safe re-entry into the Keys following a destructive storm that causes a public safety issue.
The new system is barcoded with color-coded stickers for zone-by-zone reentry. Lower Keys residents from the south end of the 7 Mile Bridge to Stock Island (MM 40 to MM 4) will be dark pink, Middle Keys residents from the south end of the Long Key Bridge to the north end of the 7 Mile Bridge (MM 64 to MM 47) are aqua, and Upper Keys residents from the county line including Ocean Reef to the north end of the Long Key Bridge (MM 113 to MM 64) will have a purple decal. The City of Key West requires its own sticker, which is white. If City of Key West residents already have a City of Key West reentry decal, they do not need to pick up a new one.
WHERE TO GET REENTRY STICKERS
Residents from Ocean Reef to Stock Island: Stickers are available at the Monroe County Tax Collector’s office locations from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tax Collector Locations:
Key West - 1200 Truman Ave, Ste 101, or the DMV at 3304 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Marathon - 3015 Overseas Hwy
NEW LOCATION: Big Pine Key – 247 Key Deer Blvd (Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.)
Plantation Key - 88800 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo - 101487 Overseas Hwy
Residents who live in Ocean Reef: Stickers are available at Ocean Reef Public Safety, 110 Anchor Dr., Key Largo.
Residents in Key West: STICKERS ARE THE SAME, IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THIS STICKER YOU DO NOT NEED A NEW ONE. If you do not already have a reentry sticker, they are available at Key West City Hall, 1300 White St., or the Key West Police Department, 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd, and the tax collector’s main office at 1200 Truman Ave, Ste 101. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Stickers will be available throughout the year, but do not wait until a storm is approaching to pick up a sticker. There are plenty of stickers, so no need to rush over, but add it to your list in for next time you are running errands. Stickers will not be available once a state of emergency is declared in Monroe County, which occurs several days before a storm is forecast to strike. For more information on reentry after a storm, visit www.monroecountyem.com/reentrystickers.
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATES & PARTNERSHIP FOR MULTIPLE VACCINATION EVENTS
MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County Emergency Management, Walgreens, the City of Islamorada, and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County held three vaccination events in partnership on Wednesday, March 25. The vaccination events took place at Bernstein Park on Stock Island, Big Pine Park on Big Pine Key, and Founders Park in Islamorada. At the three events, approximately 800 residents were vaccinated who were registered on the myvaccine.fl.gov Sharecare system. For more information or to sign up for the vaccine through the Florida Department of Health, visit myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, you will be notified when appointments become available.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
Yesterday, Governor DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida.
Beginning on Monday, March 29, all individuals 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning on Monday, April 5, all individuals 18 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Department of Health is still prioritizing healthcare workers with direct patient contact to get vaccinated. Monroe County residents who are healthcare workers with direct patient contact can email firstname.lastname@example.org, indicate they are a healthcare worker in Monroe County, and provide the name of the healthcare facility.
- Residents who have registered on Sharecare can update their information at the Vaccine Assistant at vaccine.healthsecurity.sharecare.com/vaccine. By doing so, the resident stays in control of their contact information, and will get all communication from Sharecare going forward. Making any changes will not affect their place in line.
- Those who have registered and are waiting on a phone call for an appointment should answer unknown numbers. When answering, the phone system representative will announce themselves as “The Monroe County First Dose Scheduling Line.”
- For those who have already been contacted to set up an appointment via Sharecare, they can check their appointment time at vaccine.sharecare.com/appt-lookup.
- For anyone who does not have access to the internet to register, they may call the toll-free line for Monroe County at 866-201-7069 or for TTY (Text Telephone Relay) at 833-990-2908. For additional assistance, please call the Monroe County helpline at 833-540-2081 or Regional helpline at 833-540-2046.
- Those who are homebound and have not yet received a vaccination can email email@example.com to submit a request for eligibility.
Public Information Officer, Monroe County
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