The Johnson County Library will re-open Friday, May 1 with new guidelines to maintain social distancing.
“Bear with us as we take steps to make sure our patrons and staff are kept healthy during this time of change for all of us,” library director Steve Rzasa said. “These steps will stay in place for a while, as we operate on advice from Johnson County Public Health and listen to the guidance of libraries from around Wyoming.”
The library will operate on an appointment schedule with six patrons admitted during the first 45 minutes of every hour. Staff will sanitize the library for the final 15 minutes of every hour. Appointments are available hourly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Visitors to the library are encouraged to sanitize their hands when entering the building, maintain proper social distance from others, stay home if sick and wear cloth masks per Wyoming Public Health recommendations. Materials are to be returned in the book drop at the building’s south entrance to ensure that they are properly cleaned.
All in-person programming at the library, including children’s story hour, brown bags and books and summer reading, will be suspended through summer, Rzasa said. However, the library is considering ways to offer the programs digitally.
The library will continue to offer their curbside pickup program through their limited reopening. Patrons can check out books by calling 684-5546 or emailing email@example.com using the subject line “curbside.” Librarians will arrange a time for patrons to pick up their books outside the building’s south entrance.
The Kaycee branch of the library will be open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Tuesday hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Wednesday hours of 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.