Monday, June 1, 2020
Community Library to Reopen
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Hailey resident Scott Watanabe celebrated his family’s heritage just ahead of a lecture by Jamie Ford, author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” in mid-March. It was the last event The Community Library hosted before Blaine County residents were ordered to stay home.
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Community Library will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, May 26.

Librarians won’t exactly be flinging the door open, but it’s a start.

The Gold Mine and Regional History Museum will also open that week, using measures in accordance with Idaho’s Idaho Rebounds plan.

Reopening will provide access to public computers, expand access to the library’s general collections. Shoppers will be able to get in on the Gold Mine’s new-for-summer sale.

There are rules, however:

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for cleaning hands.
  • Maintain physical distance.
  • Stay in the facility no longer than 45 minutes at a time.
  • Keep children at your side or in your arms.

Hours are also restricted.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and the museum from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The Gold Mine will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

“We have been exhilarated by how people have used the library’s digital resources during the last two months of sheltering in place, but we have missed seeing our friends and patrons in person, and we know that there are other library resources that people are eager to use again,” said Jenny Emery Davidson, the library’s executive director. “While library and Gold Mine operations will be a little different in this next transitional phase, they will continue to be true to our collective community spirit.”

The library has purchased computer keyboards that can be sanitized regularly and will sanitize facilities, as well.

The Curbside Concierge service will continue into June for those who prefer not to enter the library. Call 208-726-3493, extension 107, or email curbside@comlib.org for help using the service. Downloadable digital books, movies and educational programs will also continue to be available.

As Idaho moves into Stage Three of its reopening plan, the Hailey Public Library will begin to accept materials requests in person at the foyer work station and retrieve materials upon request.

 

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