On June 1

Libraries Reopen, In Part

Units of the Metropolitan Library System have reopened effective June 1 as part of the governor’s Phase II Reopening Plan due to the coronavirus crisis.

Phase II allows a limited number of customers in a building to use computers in one-hour sessions.

Computers will be spaced apart for social distancing.

Customers may also enter libraries to make copies or for faxing purposes.

The wearing of face masks is recommended.

“Curbside pick-up is going great,” Chris Kennedy, deputy director of library services, said, “but we’ve definitely missed seeing some of our regulars, who use our computers.”

One-hour sessions of use of each computer will be allowed, a statement said.

After each customer, staff-members will disinfect the computer and the area for the next customer, the statement added.

“While customers will be allowed in the building for computer use, browsing of the physical collection is still not permitted at this time,” said Julie Ballou, executive director of the library system.

“Customers have been asking for computer services, including printing and copying, and we’re happy to be able to offer this to them during Phase II.”

Customer holds will still be available through curbside pick-up, and books and other materials must still be returned to the outdoor bookdrops, it was said. 

“All books from the outdoor bookdrops will be couriered to a holding area, where they will wait for 72 hours before added back to the collection,” the executive director explained.

Holds can be placed online or by calling (405) 231-8650.  Bonus book bags are also available for children. 

“If your children are running out of something to read or watch, just call us with a one-word theme for books, DVD’s, CD’s or audiobooks that your child would like,” Mrs. Kennedy said. 

“Our skilled librarians will pick out five books, DVD’s or other materials that your kids will love.”

The bonus book bags must be picked up through curbside pick-up along with any other holds.

Online programs and events are another service that is still provided during Phase II. 

“We’ve had a great reaction to some our online storytimes,” Mrs. Kennedy commented. 

“Our ‘virtual’ Children Reading to Dogs events are so popular, we’ve begun offer more times for these.”

Other online services available are genealogy help one-on-one, Hoopla and Kanopy streaming movies and TV shows, job and career help through our online service, JobNow.

Library hours remain the same, but hours for public computer use in Phase II are Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Additional information is available to those who call (405)231-8650 or by e-mail at askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

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