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SUFFOLK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES PARTNER WITH STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY’S iCREATE TO 3-D PRINT PROTECTIVE FACE MASKS FOR COVID-19 HEALTH CARE WORKERS
(SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY, MARCH 31, 2020) In conjunction with the maker movement and STEAM education, many public libraries now own 3-D printers for the public to learn about, use and enjoy. 3-D printing in libraries allows the community to make a three dimensional solid object from a digital file. Printers are traditionally used in libraries for hands on learning in order to fabricate fun trinkets or make replacement parts for a variety of objects, but the possibilities are endless. (Read the Full Press Release)
Our staff has also put together a list of digital resources to help everyone keep busy at home: Suffolk Libraries at Home
For more information about COVID-19, here are reliable resources with the latest news and recommendations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO) - Here are WHO's top tips:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly (20-second rule).
- Maintain social distancing (at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing).
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor.
- COVID-19 News from New York State
- Suffolk County Department of Health
Suffolk residents can text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 for the latest updates on the outbreak.
Please note that libraries are unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out from its locations (books, movies, etc.), and as such, customers are advised to wash their hands after handling materials and avoid touching their faces. That said, the World Health Organization has reported that there is conflicting evidence of how long the virus may persist on surfaces, especially under varying conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.).
Libraries will continue to monitor the news and recommendations of health officials and will take additional steps as needed.
Suffolk County's Public Libraries are closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are developing plans based on the recommendations of health officials to ensure every precaution is taken to keep patrons and staff healthy and safe.