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Extreme heat opened the doors at the Woodstock Library -- doors now remaining open for book services

DAVID F. ASHTON - Cameron and Emily Martine told THE BEE they were happy to learn that the Woodstock Branch Library is now to be open with regular hours after the long pandemic closure. The pair rode in on bikes from the Richmond neighborhood. When Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury ordered that many of the still-closed Multnomah County facilities – including the Woodstock Branch Library – be opened to be "cooling stations" starting on June 29, the record-breaking heat wave had already passed. Inside the Woodstock Branch visitors will find a rack of bottled water was near the door, ready for the taking.

When THE BEE asked if the Woodstock Branch building would remain open, returning library services to Inner Southeast after the long pandemic closure, Multnomah County Library Communications Manager Chelsea Bailey told us, "Yes, Woodstock will remain open with normal hours, along with seven other branches."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Woodstock Branch Library Youth Librarian Brianne Williams and Library Assistant Sally Li - ready to provide all who stop in with water and air conditioned comfort, along with all the library services theyve missed during the librarys long pandemic closure.  Inside the Woodstock Branch, a few patrons came in, but not necessarily for an air-conditioned respite, or hydration. Instead, they were browsing books and checking out materials.

A question raised by this branch opening is when the Sellwood Branch Library would reopen to the public. "We are working as swiftly as possible to get all of our branches reopened for basic services. We'll open at least 75% of libraries by the end of July," Bailey told THE BEE.

At THE BEE's deadline, Ms. Bailey circled back with welcome news for many Inner Southeast residents: "I'm happy to share that we have a confirmation on Sellwood-Moreland Library's reopening date! It will be Tuesday, August 3."


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