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While staff don't know when they'll be able to open, they have been developing protocols for that eventuality

The staff of the Molalla Public Library is actively working to provide services and reopen its doors within the guidelines of the state, Clackamas County, and city of Molalla, and in cooperation with its LINCC partners.

To that end, staff has developed protocols which take a measured approach towards managing the return to full operations while ensuring the safety of patrons, and library workers.

According to Library Director Diana Hadley, she and her staff are "working hard to make sure our facilities are ready for our patrons and maintain safety while minimizing risk."

Hadley noted that although they don't have a date yet for the full opening, she and her staff continue to "work towards it," whenever it may happen.

FILE PHOTO - Work within the Molalla Public Library to get things ready for when they reopen, whenevr that may be, has been ongoing.

Here's a look at the protocols once library operations resume:

• They number of people in the building will be limited, as well as the hours the library is open to the public.

• Browsing only: no seating in the library, except at computer stations.

• When possible, send one member of the family to check out materials for the entire household.

• Installing floor decals and signage denoting where to stand for service and remind visitors to please keep a six foot distance between themselves and other patrons/staff.

• Limit the number of public computers available to safely physically distance, imposing strict time limits, and requiring reservations for use.

• Sanitizing computer stations after each use.

• Children's computers, toys, and games will not be available during this time.

• Providing hand sanitizer.

• Keeping restrooms closed.

• No food or drink will be allowed.

• Staff will be wearing masks and strongly encourage visitors to wear a mask as well.

Curbside pickup will continue to be offered.

All items checked out before the library's closure are due July 15. If you have checked items out during the library's curbside service, check your account for the due date as it will be different. However, book drops are open and you may return materials as soon as you are able (they are sequestered for 72 hours for safe handling when checking them in).

"When we do reopen, please keep using the outdoor drop boxes," said Hadley. "We will not accept returns inside the building. We are not accepting donations at this time.

"We are emphasizing our curbside service, which is available five days a week," she added. "We are asking people to call in before they come by."

Hadley also reminds everyone that the Molalla Public Library summer reading program is up and running through the beanstack app for computer or phone. The program is open to all ages through adult and is embracing the theme, "Imagine Your Story."


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