TAYLOR COUNTY—Some residents have been taking advantage of some down time due to the recent pandemic, finding themselves lost in another world through a good book. Readers will be able to visit their local library once more to grab more books to delve into to help escape their COVID-19 reality.
After being closed to the public for over a month, Taylor County Public Library (TCPL) Director Alesha Tocco is happy to announce that the library will once again be opening their doors to patrons. However, with their reopening comes certain restrictions for those visiting the building.
“We are excited to be able to see our faithful patrons once more,” said Tocco. “But, because of the ongoing pandemic, we will still be working to keep our guests and employees safe.”
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, individuals, 10 at a time, will be welcomed into the facility. Guests can visit the facility Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
“We are encouraging only one person per household, but we know that is not something that can always occur,” Tocco noted.
While guests can visit the shelves and shelves of books, browse the library’s collection of magazines, newspapers, DVDs and audio books and utilize their free Wi-Fi, Tocco disclosed that the library’s computers will need to be used for essential business only.
“We will be offering curbside book orders for those patrons who are uncomfortable coming inside the building,” she revealed.
Guests of the TCPL are also welcomed to make copies of materials, fax information or have items notarized.
“We want to allow residents to utilize these services, however we are asking that those wishing to have items notarized, or those who wish to fax or print items, call in ahead of time to meet them at the employee door to help limit the number of patrons in the building,” Tocco reported.
While the current restrictions are in place, the library’s genealogy and historical records will be closed until further notice.
When visiting the library, guests are encouraged to wear masks and follow the six-foot social distancing recommendation.
“Our workers will also be wearing masks to help curb the spread of Coronavirus,” Tocco noted. “There will also be a sanitizing station set up in the front of the building and our staff will be working to clean high traffic areas regularly.”
For those who are considered higher risk, the TCPL will be offering a special time for visits to the building. Elderly patrons or those with compromised immune systems are invited to visit the library Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
“We want to do everything we can to reduce exposure to this virus, so we are taking certain precautions for the time being. With the hours we’ve set, it will allow our maintenance staff to continue to properly clean the building.” Tocco said. “We are constantly working for you, your friends, family and neighbors. We are excited to reopen our doors and see some familiar faces!”
To learn more about the services offered by the Taylor County Public Library, stop by their location at 200 Beech Street, Grafton, or give them a call at 304-265-6121. Information may also be obtained on their website www.taylorcountypubliclibrary.com.