Barry-Lawrence Regional Library re-opening branch offices

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

New protocols will be in place to protect staff, public

Good news has arrived for local bookworms.

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will soon be re-opening its branch locations implementing COVID-19 (coronavirus) safety protocols for the protection of staffers and the public.

“The staff of BLRL is anxious to see our patrons again and get those materials our readers can’t wait to have into their hands,” said Gina Milburn, director. “One of our first steps is to check in and shelve all the materials that have been returned to area book drops while we have been closed. These materials have been quarantined for several weeks to ensure that the virus will not be transmitted to staff or patrons. We will continue to quarantine material that is returned for at least 72 hours before it is checked in and shelved.”

In addition, the library will remain fine-free for the two months.

“Over the next couple of weeks library staff will be working hard at branch locations to prepare the buildings for the ‘new’ normal,” Milburn said. “In addition to checking in and re-shelving books, library staff will also be cleaning shelves, retrieving material from the book drops, preparing virtual programming to replace in-house programs, preparing a plan to provide curbside delivery and pick-up of material, and preparing for the Summer Reading program, along with readying the branches for social distancing when we do open for business again. It won’t be long until our guests will be able to start placing holds on materials again.”

As staffers prepare to re-open, they will be working to obtain needed supplies, such as gloves, masks, shields, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and other materials.

“All of these supplies will be needed to provide as safe an environment as possible for all concerned,” Milburn said.

During the pandemic, library operations were suspended, but customers still retained access to free Wi-Fi connections, free e-cards to check out electronic material, online databases for additional learning opportunities at home.

“Be on the lookout for information about our upcoming Summer Reading plans as well,” Milburn said. “It will be a different process this year, but it promises to keep our youth and families reading throughout the summer. ‘Imagine Your Story’ is this year’s theme, and we look forward to seeing where our participants’ imagination takes them this summer.”

For more information, visit www.blrlibrary.org.

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