Library reopened to public on Monday

Glenn Parrish
The library staff of (from left) Renita Walker, Brittany Downs, Lila Luerssen, Michelle Espinoza, and Jennifer Bogart are ready for library patrons to return.

Dubbed a “soft reopening,” the Booneville branch of the Logan County Library is now open.

The library opened on Monday of this week with a schedule that included the 10 a.m. to noon period reserved for at-risk and elderly patrons.

The library will close from noon to 1 p.m. for cleaning and for lunch.

For those wishing to use the library but have less risk of transmitting, or catching the coronavirus COVID-19 that led to the shut down of the facility in March, the hours are from 1 to 4 p.m.

“We’re open only for transaction purposes,” librarian Brittany Downs said in making the announcement last week.

By that she means checking out material in a timely manner and exiting the facility.

There will also be a limit of 10 people in the library at a given time, including the two to three staff members who are on duty, Downs said.

There will be no health related questions but entry will require a time stamp which will include name and phone number for potential contract tracing.

Computer use will be available with two set up for appointments, and two for walk-in use.

“There’ll be no in-house programs at this time,” Downs said.

Masks will be worn by library staff and will be encouraged to be worn by everyone in the building.

“We’ll be wearing the correct PPE to protect us and to protect the community. We have Plexiglas installed and we will encourage social distancing,” said Downs.

Library staff will also help anyone who is reluctant to touch something, she said.

Downs said curbside assistance is still encouraged, to include copies and fax services the library provides.

The McConnell room at the library is also remaining closed as the room will be used to hold returned material for a few days before it is restocked for use again.