Library plans to re-open with curbside service beginning June 1

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — With the COVID-19 health pandemic, the library has been closed and unable to offer patron services for the past couple of months. With the recent re-opening of the state in safe phases, the library will begin offering curbside service June 1, with limited services available.

Every library is handling patron services differently, depending on the needs of their community, number of staff members, and various other factors. 

Beginning June 1, patrons should call ahead and reserve books, or go to the library’s website, and put books on hold by signing into your library account, or signing up for one. be on the library’s electronic sign, website and all social media outlets. Those wishing to participate in the free summer reading program online will need to download the free ReaderZone App (from the app store on your computer or handheld device) and use the code provided on the library’s website to join (1d0ab). Please use a current email address when registering and select the correct age group for the reader. Summer Reading is for everyone and the library has an age group for everyone! Summer reading materials can be picked up May 29-30 through the drive-thru area during curbside pickup times. 

As books are returned to the library, patrons can expect the turn-around time to be a little slower. In response to COVID-19, the American Library Association is recommending returned materials to be in quarantine for 72 hours before the cleaning and re-shelving process. The library has always cleaned children’s books, and all returned materials will be cleaned by staff after the book’s quarantine period is over. 

The library anticipates remaining in this phase for the next 2-4 weeks. At this time, book donations are not being accepted. Patrons may park or drive-thru in a designated area to pick up their requested items after calling the library to let staff know that they have arrived. For the safety of themselves and others, library staff will be wearing protective gear. 

The library’s curbside schedule is as follows beginning June 1: Monday, 10 a.m.-4 pm.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-Noon; Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At this time, the library will not offer curbside service on Saturdays. 

During this phase, patrons will not be allowed inside the building. The library is a very social place, which makes it hard to social distance and constantly sanitize and clean areas where patrons have been. 

The library offers a vast array of books, DVD’s and audio books in their collection. During this time, items that will not be available for check-out are MakerSpace kits, games, puzzles, newspapers and magazines. 

Copy and fax service will be available as a curbside service. Patrons needing these services can pull into a designated area in the library’s parking lot on the west side of the building. Call the library when you arrive and a staff member will meet you at the curb. 

The summer reading program will be virtual this year, with Imagine Your Story as the theme. Registration information will 

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