CHADRON – The Chadron Public Library, closed to the public for more than 2 months by coronavirus rules, will reopen on Monday with hours of 10-4:00 Monday-Friday and ongoing COVID-19 limits on the number of patrons allowed in at any one time.
Library Director Rossella Tesch says the design of the library building, with mostly narrow spaces, puts it at risk for spreading the virus and has led to some of the limitations.
The library will open in 30 minute segments starting at 10:00 AM with 15-minute closures after each segment for cleaning and disinfecting. Patrons are encourage to wear masks with one per person available for those who don’t have one.
They will be limited to either the kids section downstairs or the adult section upstains with a maximum of 5 at a time in each and only 1 visit per day per person. Tesch says the latter rule is to permit as many different patrons as possible to come in.
Library operations will be somewhat limited with pickup of holds, orders and inter-library loans, library card application and pickup, quick account questions, external book return, and use of the public computers during the 30-minute maximum stay.
Tesch emphasizes that the limitations are only a temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic and may be loosened or tightened depending on changes in the situation. She’s hoping for a quick return to normal hours and operations, but only if patrons are able to remain healthy and safe.
More information about the reopening of the Chadron Public Library is available by calling the library desk at 308-432-0531 or visiting the library’s Facebook or webpage chadronpubliclibrary.com