Natrona County Library Will Reopen with Safety Precautions in Place - Casper Area Chamber of Commerce CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Library will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, May 26th. The Library will be open Monday throug
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Natrona County Library Will Reopen with Safety Precautions in Place

Posted on May 19th, 2020

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Library will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, May 26th. The Library will be open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, until further notice. The Library will be taking many precautions and measures to ensure the safety of patrons, including mandatory hand sanitizing, regular cleanings throughout the day, exterior holds pickup, social distancing, and limited access. While masks for patrons are preferred, they are required for staff. One way that the Library will be implementing safe social distancing efforts is by limiting the number of patrons in the library at any given time. This may mean that you have to wait a little bit before entering, but there are ways to speed up the process. If you know exactly what books you want, you may place your hold online ahead of time, and you will be notified when your items are ready to be picked up. The drive-up pickup point will be around the side of the building near the book drop, eliminating the need to come inside to grab your items. If you have items to return, you are still able to drop them in the book drop, as well as at designated points inside on the first floor. To support the more vulnerable populations, the Library will be reserving the first 2 hours of every day—from 9:00 - 11:00 am—for our elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised patrons. Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed into the library without an accompanying adult and must be actively monitored at all times. The Library also reserves the right to deny entry to anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, to minimize the transfer of potentially harmful germs via library materials, every item that is returned will be subjected to a 72 hour quarantine period before circulating back into the collection, as recommended by the CDC and American Library Association. This means that any item you check out is safe and does not need extra sanitizing or cleaning before you can enjoy it. All computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and reference services are currently unavailable, with patrons limited to only selecting and checking out items. The Library staff are anxious to see you again; and while programming is often one of their favorite ways to interact with the public, regular in-person programs and events remain cancelled and will resume only when it is safe and the time is right. This includes the Creation Station, which will be closed until further notice. Library staff will be supplementing with a continued digital presence, including online storytimes, crafts, book discussions, and tutorials. The hope is to begin programming again in the fall. The Library’s children’s and adult Summer Reading Programs will look different than in years past, but library staff remains committed to promoting literacy and the joy (and relaxing effects) of summer reading and merriment. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on what exactly you can expect from the Library’s Summer Programs. As time goes on, the Library hopes to ease up on any restrictions and limitations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. The goal and hope of library staff is to return to a semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. To learn more about everything the Library is doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect its patrons and staff, visitwww.natronacountylibrary.org/covid-19-updates/.
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