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Library Talk May 28, 2020

Hooray! We are once again open to the public.  Limited hours, limited visit time, but at least you are welcome to come in, browse, say hello, and experience at least a little bit of ‘normal’.

We hope that you will come into the library to pick up books, but if you would rather we select 10, or 20, or whatever number for you and have them ready in a noncontact way, we are happy to do that as well.  We want you to know that our books and other materials must go through a minimum 3 day quarantine, then wipe down before they are checked in and available for check out.  We are still waiting for word on when the shipment between libraries resumes—last I heard they were waiting for an 85% of libraries to be open for receiving, and the current number is around 50%.

Our staff will be wearing masks, areas of the library are cordoned off, hand sanitizer is available at the door and we hope that everyone uses it upon entering… our hours have been reduced for a bit, we’ll have to limit your visit to the library to 30 minutes…but we really miss you and look forward to welcoming you back…

Summer is here!  Well, at least temperature-wise.   Along with that, we will be starting our Summer Reading Program shortly, and as you might suspect, it will be very limited as far as programs go.  With the restrictions of no gatherings of 10 or more people and the ability to keep everyone 6 feet apart, most of our ‘stuff’ will be pick-up activities and virtual storytimes.  Even one of our favorite SRP programmers, Danielle Thompson from Brown County Soil and Water Conservation will be doing programs virtually.  For some sense of ‘normalcy’, we will have reading logs and tote bags for all that sign up that can be picked up at any of the 3 libraries.  You will also be able to ‘sign up’ online next week at www.ripleylibrary.com.