The Colusa County Free Library is scheduled to reopen all branches on June 15, with modified hours and services.
Stacey Costello, Colusa County Library director, said in a press release that the Colusa County Free Library has been working to provide continued services to the community. County libraries have been closed since mid-March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been thankful for your support and understanding as we have navigated unchartered territory, learned new skills, offered new digital lending platforms, and implemented digital programming for the first time,” said Costello. “Simultaneously, we have been planning for both when the library would open its doors, and how to open safely. The wellbeing of our community has been the top consideration in every decision we have made.”
Costello noted that all the branch libraries will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of its patrons and staff. Precautions include: Limiting capacity, including library staff, in the libraries at any time. These numbers will be dependent on the branch you are visiting and posted clearly on the entry; Requesting that all patrons wash their hands as they enter the library building(s);
Requesting that all patrons wear face coverings; The libraries will provide hand sanitizer and face coverings at the circulation desk at each library branch; Patrons needing library staff assistance will be asked to wait in socially distanced line at the circulation desk instead of approaching library staff workspaces. This includes help with library accounts, finding items, checking in or out materials and questions about library services; Materials will be slow to be checked in, all items returned will continue to be quarantined for three or more days before being checked in; additionally, library staff cannot provide one-on-one tech help at this time; Computer access and work station space is limited at this time. Fewer computers are available, and time constraints will be enforced as needed. Fewer chairs will be available at the work tables; Passive programming such as puzzles, crosswords, and toys will be unavailable; All library in-house programs remain cancelled for the summer, and the library meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice.
Costello added that fines will not be issued on materials being checked in from quarantine.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as we can,” said Costello. “Our mission is to connect our patrons to materials, information, and services that promote learning and enjoyment for all ages. We are still your Connection Point to the information you need, including books, movies, music, and much more, even at a six foot distance.” ■