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Colby Community Library reopening June 29

The Colby Community Library is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 29. Guidelines from the Wisconsin DPI Reopening Guide for Public Libraries are being followed to implement COVID- 19 precautions.

Patrons are asked to note the following changes in general public hours of operation for July and August and special consideration summer hours for health risk patrons (those 60 or over/ underlying health issues): General public summer hours are Mondays, noon until 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays, noon until 5 p.m.

For health-risk patrons, the library will be open Mondays and Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The library will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For patrons not feeling comfortable visiting the library, curbside pickups will continue on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. Order items through the CCL webpage by clicking the V-Cat link, send an email to director@colbypubliclibrary. org or call 715-223-2000 for assistance.

Remember to return items in the outdoor book drop slots only. Items being returned will not be accepted at the circulation desk until further notice.

As you visit, please keep in mind the following policies for safely reopening:

_ If you are ill, stay at home.

_ Only 10 people may be in the library at one time.

_ Grab & Go: Limit your visit to 20 minutes.

_ Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others.

_ Children under 16 must be accompanied

by an adult.

_ Patrons are encouraged to wear masks (bring your own or the library staff can supply one).

_ Sanitize hands upon entering.

_ Restrooms are cleaned on Sunday & Wednesday evenings; use at your own discretion.

At this time, the CCL is unable to offer drinking fountains, children’s computers, children’s play room and hut, and study or meeting rooms. The summer reading program and the August amphitheater concert have been cancelled.

There will be two computer stations open for adults with 30 minute time slots. Staff will assist with copies and faxes.

While CCL staff will attempt to clean and sanitize the building and materials, nothing is guaranteed as the building will be open to the public. Patrons are asked to use the library and its services only if they feel comfortable doing so.

All procedures are subject to change. If a staff member or patron tests positive for COVID-19, the library will close until health officials deem it safe to reopen. Updates will appear on the CCL Facebook page and website and in the Tribune-Phonograph.

Director Vicky Calmes welcomes patrons back.

“While there are many changes from the way things were done a few months ago, we are trying our best to reopen the CCL in a safe and responsible manner. It is a new learning experience for all of us. We ask that people be respectful of the policies we have put in place as we try this new model in library service.”