According to Newman, services that are being offered during this phase of reopening are designed for convenience, safety, and efficiency. Patrons are invited to pick out items, use the self-checkout stations, access public computers, and ask quick account and information questions. New books and DVD displays are located near the entrance so that patrons can easily grab something and be on their way.
Hours for both branches for this phase of service include:
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The library is closed mid-day for cleaning. At this time, the library is closed on Saturday.
Visits are limited to a maximum of one hour a day unless you need to use a computer which has a limit of two hours. Maximum occupancy for the Easton location is 27 and for the St. Michaels branch is 8. Wi-Fi is available both inside and outside the buildings with no time limits for use.
“The staff is excited to reopen again and to welcome people back into the building,” said Newman. “We put the safety of our patrons and staff first and foremost, and to that end, we have Plexiglas at all service desks, 6-feet distancing markers, and limited available furniture and computers which have been placed at least six feet apart. Library staff will regularly disinfect all high-touch surface areas, and hand sanitizer and wipes are available for public use. We hope these safety measures will make our patrons’ experience comfortable.”
To celebrate reopening and National Library Week, the staff will offer free books and will take entries for drawings for several gift cards on Wednesday, April 7, which is National Library Outreach Day.