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Russell Public Library Updates Reopening Plan

Russell Public LibraryAt the Board meeting of the Russell Public Library on Monday, the Library Director and Library Board made the decision that the Library will remain in phase one of its reopening plan until Monday, June 1 when they move into phase two.

In phase two, the Library will open to the public on a limited basis. Only seven patrons will be allowed into the Library at any given time.

All returned materials will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours before being checked in and returned to circulation.

Computer use will be allowed for a 30-minute time frame with social distancing and no technology help will be provided. Each computer station, keyboard and mouse will be disinfected after each use.

Bathrooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public.

Patrons may enter into the library to choose their own materials, but will not be permitted to linger beyond the amount of time it takes to choose said items.

Patrons will be asked to use hand sanitizer before browsing the shelves and the use of masks will be strongly encouraged.

Library staff will work in PPE and a plexiglass divide will be in place at each circulation desk.

Patrons are asked to maintain social distancing during their use of the Library.

Newspapers and magazines will not be made available at this time.

No in-person programming will be offered.

In phase two, the Library will go back to regular days and hours of operation, which are Monday through Thursday from 10 to 6, Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3.

The Board can move forward to stage three or back to stage one when and if they deem it necessary.

(Information courtesy Jessica McGuire, Director, Russell Public Library.)

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