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Library to remain closed during reopening; pickups available

Warren Public Library is not going green.

“The library will not reopen to the public on Friday,” Director Kelli Knapp said.

But, pick-up will be available, by appointment only, starting Monday.

“Warren Public Library is pleased to offer contactless pickup,” Knapp said. “Patrons are able to contact the library to make material requests via phone call or through online catalog requests. Pickup dates will be by appointment only beginning Monday, June 1.”

“Please allow at least 72 hours for your request to be filled,” she said. “Not all materials will be available immediately due to the quarantine and sanitization process.”

During pickups, patrons are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“Patrons will be limited to five checked-out library materials per library account to aid in the current quarantine and sanitization process,” Knapp said.

Materials that were checked out prior to the closure in March have not accumulated fines, but they are now due back at the library. The book drop is open. All returned materials will be quarantined for three days and then sanitized.

The library is not accepting donations of items at this time.

Hours of operation will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook page.

Messages left on library phones will be received by staff.

“Online programming, including summer learning programs, is still active and expanding,” Knapp said. “Patrons of all ages can access options to keep reading, learning, and socializing through virtual library services.”

The staff is preparing the building for reopening and handling other work inside, but the building is closed. Any services that involve patrons entering the library building are not accessible.

“It has been 10 weeks since we had to close our doors to the public, and we sure do miss you,” Knapp said.

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