Coronavirus and SSLDL

 In light of the recent developments, the Salem-South Lyon District Library will be hosting their monthly Board Meeting online at its prescheduled time on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 PM.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 orders all individuals to stay at home or at their place of residence. In light of ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-15 temporarily suspends rules and procedures relating to physical presence at meetings and hearings of public bodies and other governmental entities in Michigan.

In compliance of these orders and previously established guidelines of the Open Meetings Act, the Library is making directions available for any member of the public who wishes to attend the meeting.

The instructions to join the meeting are:

  • From your computer or other device, click the link to join our meeting
  • Download Zoom when prompted, or click continue in browser
  • Make sure your microphone is working or that you are able to type in chat for public comment. 

If you require adaptive technology or assistance in order to participate, please email Library Director Donna Olson at by Friday at noon so accommodations can be made. 

Before the Meeting

We highly suggest doing all this prior to the meeting, so if you have trouble you can reach out to us via email and we can try to help troubleshoot.

The meeting is being held through Zoom, an online software that facilitates virtual interaction that can be accessed at or through the app. Zoom will require you to download the software (on a computer) or app (on a device). If downloading an app, you will likely need your ID or password to download, such as your Apple ID for Apple devices, so please have that information ready. If it asks to create an account, you can create one using your email and a password, your pre-existing Facebook account, or your pre-existing Google account. After creating an account, Zoom will send you a link through your email requiring activation.

Computers will download the files and typically place them for easy access in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Click on the ZoomInstaller.exe file to open and click through the screens to allow it to download. It may ask for access to your camera and/or microphone. We will have chat features implemented in the meeting, so if you’d rather type your questions instead of being seen and heard by participants, you don’t have to allow this feature. 

Meeting Time 

Click the link provided, or go to and type in the meeting ID number 482345099. Follow the prompts, which will vary depending on the device being used.

When you join the meeting, participants will be muted automatically. There is a time in the agenda for public comments. If you’d like to speak, please indicate that in the chat window. You can open the chat window by clicking on the “Chat” button. For computer users, it will be in the lower portion of the screen. For app users you will have to first tap the screen in order to gain access to options and then select chat.

If you wish to comment or ask a question but don’t have a microphone or don’t want to enable your microphone and camera, please type your question so it can be read aloud to the group. If you have your microphone and camera enabled and don’t mind being recorded, type “speak” so we can unmute you when it is your turn. If you have a question after the public comments portion, please type it in the chat box and we will read aloud as permitted.

When the meeting is adjourned, the host of the meeting will end the meeting and you can sign out or close the window or app you are using.

UPDATE: March 24, 2020

To Our Patrons,

According to the Washtenaw County Health Department website, residents can assume there is a possibility that the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. This is a reminder that the library is a public place. If you visited us, please watch for any symptoms.

According to Michigan Health & Human Services, symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:  

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

If you, a friend or family member show signs, please call or contact a medical provider first to have your symptoms screened.

At this time, not everyone’s symptoms or medical history qualifies them for testing. Do not show up to a medical facility without first contacting a medical provider. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information about the virus, please see or

The Library Board and staff will continue to monitor the situation and will provide more information and updates in the days and weeks to come. Please visit, our social median or our road sign for the latest information.

Please keep any library materials at your home until the library reopens to the public. There will be no late fees. We are working together to slow the spread of the virus.

Stay home, stay safe and use this time to download our digital resources from our website.

Donna Olson, Library Director 
March 24, 2020

UPDATE  March 17, 2020  FAQs

UPDATE  March 15, 2020:

Salem-South Lyon District Library Temporarily Closed Sunday, March 15 Until a Date to be Determined

The Salem-South Lyon District Library will be closing to support the greater community during this public health challenge.  We recognize this will be an inconvenience and apologize for the disruption in standard service.  Our goal is to help keep all our community members safe during this highly communicable outbreak. Please know that these are not easy decisions for us to make. Out of an abundance of caution, we feel that this is the best way that the Library can support the CDC and our State's efforts to contain the contagion during this challenging time.

Working within the recommendations from the CDC, Governor’s Office and Washtenaw County Health Department for the health and safety of the public in regards to the COVID-19 virus, the Salem-South Lyon District Library will be temporarily closed from Sunday, March 15, through a yet to be determined date. This follows the recommendation of the Michigan Library Association that all public libraries temporarily close to help slow the spread of the virus.  

While we are closed to the public, the cleaning crew will give the facility a deep cleaning. Many staff will work remotely responding to your inquiries and preparing for reopening. Some will be working onsite but always  within CDC recommendations. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information about the virus, please see or

The Library Board and staff will continue to monitor the situation and will provide more information and updates in the days and weeks to come. Please visit, our social media or our road sign for the latest information.

The book drops will remain open to return your borrowed items, but late fees on items due will be waived for a predetermined duration after the Library reopens to the public.

Donna Olson, Library Director
March 15, 2020


Additional mitigation strategies, issued by the Michigan Governor’s Office can be found: Wash. Co. Health Dept site) MDHHS state site (CDC Covid site)

Use the Library from Home

While the Library is closed, we encourage you to use our online resources. Here’s a list of resources accessible from home:


 News & Media

  • Digital Magazines - thousands of full-color, digital magazines with no expiration limit on checkout


  • CreativeBug - online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques
  • - instructional videos on popular subjects like web design, IT, education, media, and business
  • Mango Languages - award-winning language-learning resource for individuals and organizations
  • Homework Help - links to homework resources

 For Students

 For Investors

 Reader’s Advisory

 Links to:

All SSLDL Catalogs

Popular Databases

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Ask a Librarian Email ~ your inquiry will be answered by the following business day, M-F.


March 13, 2020

Hello Everyone, 

Within the guidelines given by the Center for Disease Control and the Governor's Office, we are remaining open to the public, with changes to our services offered.

All programs and meeting room reservations will be cancelled through March 31. We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust our approach based on recommendations from public health authorities.

The library will resume programming on Wednesday, April 1. This may change as recommendations from local public health authroities are updated.

Watch our website and Facebook, subscribe to our e-newsletter or call for updates.

Remember to wash your hands with soap, keep your hands away from your face, stay six feet from one another and stay home if you are ill. We will get through this together!

Stay vigilant,
Donna Olson
Library Director