Monticello library offers in-person usage

As the Monticello Public Library prepares to re-open on June 22 to in-person appointments only, the staff has also been preparing take-home activities for kids, teens, and families. Volunteers Gavin Baugh and Mary Schmit help bag up all of the craft and activity items needed. The library has been giving out about 100 activity bags a week.

Library staff has been working to offer take-home and virtual programing for kids and teens throughout the summer. Here are samples of a troll magnet for kids and creating your own catapult for teens. (Photos submitted)
Staff report

     The Monticello Public Library has been working to re-open to the public once again.

     Beginning Tuesday, June 23, the library will be accessible by appointment only.

     “For the safety of our staff and library patrons, access and services will be limited, and new procedures will be in place,” stated Library Director Michelle Turnis.

     Appointments can be made to browse books, DVDs, books on CD, use a computer, rear newspapers, or connect with staff Tuesday through Friday. The appointment schedule offers:

     • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (final appointment begins at 4 p.m.)

     • Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. (final appointment begins at 5 p.m.)

     The library will continue to offer curbside services Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     In keeping with the governor’s social distancing and cleaning guidelines, the public will have 45 minutes each to remain inside the library. For the remaining 15 minutes of the hour, staff will then have time to clean and sanitize highly touched areas of the library. Appointments will be scheduled on each hour, and the doors of the library will remain locked.

     Upon arrival of your appointment, exit your vehicle and line up on the sidewalk in front of the veterans memorial. A staff member will open the doors on the hour to allow entry into the library. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer provided by the library upon entering and exiting the building. The library also encourages patrons to wear a mask.

     Up to 12 people per hourly appointment will be admitted inside the library to browse at one time. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by someone 16 or older. Groups of up to three people may come into the library together, but must remain as a group while browsing. The library is limiting one group per aisle while browsing.

     Due to social distancing, only two public desktop computers will be available for use during appointments. Up to three laptops will also be available in designated locations inside the library. Only two people will be allowed per computer.

     In addition to browsing materials, patrons can also make appointments to fax, scan, copy, or connect with staff about the Summer Reading Program.

     There are a variety of public safety measures that are designated to reduce contact, especially prolonged contact with library staff and members of the public. Library staff will wear facemasks when outside of the staff work area. Visitors are encouraged to wear them as well.

     The staff has set up a nearly-touch-free circulation process. Users will check out items themselves and a receipt will be provided to keep track of all items. Staff will not assist visitors at the public computers/laptops or at the bookshelves, at this time. You can consult with staff at the service desk.

     When returning materials, patrons can use the exterior drop boxes at any time of the day or night. Please notify staff of the return of items that do not fit or cannot be returned in the drop boxes. Returned items will continue to be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

     To make an in-person appointment, a curbside appointment, or for more information, call the library at 319-465-3354.


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