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Thomaston Public Library reopens June 29

Jun 23, 2020

Thomaston — On Monday, June 29, Thomaston Public Library will reopen to the public.

"We are excited to be serving patrons in the building again," said a Thomaston Public Library press release, "but we respectfully request that all of our patrons abide by the new rules and restrictions to maximize the safety of both our staff and our patrons."

Curbside pickup service will continue to be available.

Open hours will be limited to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, with Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will allow staff time to clean and process curbside pickup orders. Curbside pickup will be available until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday as well as during open hours.

The library’s square footage means that it can only have five patrons in the library at one time. Every person counts toward this limit, regardless of age. If one family member can come into the library to pick items for everyone, the library encourages everyone to do so. When entering the library, check with the librarian at the circulation desk to be sure that the building is not already at the occupancy limit.

There is now a time limit of 30 minutes or less on visits due to the number of visitors allowed.

While the pandemic is ongoing, the library will only offer two computing stations and a 30-minute time limit is in effect. Staff will clean computers between each use.

For the safety of the staff and other patrons, the library requires that anyone who comes into the library wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. "We know this isn’t fun, especially in hot and humid weather," the press release says, "However, many of our staff and patrons are in high risk categories and we all must work together to keep the library safe for everyone. Staff will be masked as well."

Visitors can browse, but are asked to not put a book back on the shelf after touching it. If you touch a book and don’t intend to check it out, place it on one of the quarantine carts or tables located throughout the library. Any item that has been touched will be quarantined for 72 hours.

The public is guided to follow social distancing guidelines in the library and maintain a six-foot distance from other people.

The library is not currently taking any book or magazine donations, and will let anyone know when staff are able to resume accepting donations. Due to the difficulty in quarantining or sanitizing these materials, magazine and newspaper collections have temporarily been removed. Staff will clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in the library multiple times a day.

Due to the difficulty in quarantining and sanitizing the toys in the children’s area between patron visits, the toys, bean bags and stuffed animals are in storage for the time being.

The library's press release continues to say, "while we will do everything in our power to make the library a clean and safe place for everyone, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment. We hope you will take all recommended precautions as you make your selections both in the library and at home.

"We are looking forward to the day we can return to full services, in-person programming and the community living room we all love! Until then, help us help you by following these new, temporary rules that allow us to reopen the library while keeping patrons and staff safe."

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