Library opens with restrictions

    The James Memorial Public Library reopened its doors after months of closure due to COVID-19 and an indoor renovation to create a new handicapped accessible restroom. The facility is now open to the public with some coronavirus restrictions in place.


    Masks will be required while in the building and are to be worn at all times. If a patron refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to put one on or denied access and assistance. Masks are to be worn by anyone over five years old. Only seven people will be allowed in the building at a time and patrons will only be allowed inside for 30 minutes at a time.
    There will be no in-library programming or activities or other club meetings at this time. Social distancing of six feet is required while in the library and hand sanitizer will be available at the front door and required before handling any material. Librarians and the library board will reevaluate the policies put in place on August 10 to determine if further action is required.
    For those using computers, there will be limited usage available for the public. Users will only be allowed to use computers for 30 minutes at a time for personal business only. Computers will not be used for streaming or gaming. Technology and computer assistance will be available by appointment only and the children’s computer and listening center will be closed.
    The facility had a smooth reopening on Monday, with librarians Michael Lewis and Niki Moen stating they were excited to have the facility available to the public once again after months of closure. Patrons will notice books have been rearranged slightly since the closure as a construction project to renovate two old bathrooms into one large handicapped accessible bathroom was completed this month. Book stacks have been spread out to provide better access to the restrooms and to book near the central computer lab.
    Along with a larger restroom, a baby changing table was added and patrons will have a much better time accessing the restrooms and nearby books. Librarians thanked the contractor and city employees who made the construction happen over the past few months and believe it will be a great benefit to patrons.
    The library staff invites the community to enjoy the facility and its books and resources offered during a time when many families might want additional resources to help educate and entertain their kids and themselves. For more information about procedures, contact the library at 573-265-7211.

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