• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Libraries to offer curbside pick-up

THE WOODFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY’s main and Midway branches will begin offering curbside pick-up of books and other items next week. (Photo by John McGary)

Beginning next week, bookworms and others who’ve missed the Woodford County Library since it closed March 15 will be able to pick up books and other materials curbside at the main and Midway branches. Library Director Karen Kasacavage said her full-time employees began returning to work Monday, May 11, in morning and afternoon shifts. They’ll take orders by phone and through the library’s website catalogue, then place the items on a table outside the branches for pickup, or put them in the trunk of the customer’s vehicle. She said the library’s board of directors signed off on the employee returns and curbside pick-up program at their special meeting Friday, May 8. The pick-ups will be available at the main branch Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Midway branch will offer them from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Kasacavage said library employees are following health guidelines, including wearing protective masks and gloves, and returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours, then sanitized. “We’re really trying to keep everybody as safe as we possibly can …” she said. The phone number for the main branch is 873-5191; the Midway branch number is 846-4014. Kasacavage said customers will be notified by phone or email when their items are ready. “Like everyone else, it’s been an adjustment,” Kasacavage said Monday of the library’s nearly two-month closure. “We’re pretty excited about being able to offer items outside the library.” She said library employees will also print documents emailed to them by library patrons as well as faxes. (The fax number is 873-1542.) The document and fax printings will be free. Summer reading program begins Friday Kasacavage said the library’s annual summer reading program for young children, teenagers and adults will begin Friday, May 15, with sign-ups available on the library’s website, www.woodfordcountylibrary.com.

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