The doors to Crandall Public Library have been closed to the public since mid-March in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the summer, the Library offered contactless curbside pickup by appointment only as well as virtual programs, like storytimes, business seminars, and Folklife flashbacks. On Tuesday, September 8 the Library will be open to patrons in a condensed capacity, as a “Pop-In Library”.
Entry to the Library is only through the Glen Street doors and patrons will have access to the New & Popular section of the Library. Ten patrons will be allowed admittance at one time. There will be immediate access to professionally selected young adult and children’s materials, as well as DVDs, Blu-rays, audiobooks, and of course New and Popular books. There will be one 15-minute Internet station that can be used for browsing the internet and color printing. A photocopier with faxing capabilities will be on hand as well. There will be no access to public restrooms or seating. Minors, under the age of 8, will need to be accompanied by an adult.
In accordance with New York Forward guidelines and Warren County Health Services, patrons must wear a face mask or cloth face covering that shields both the nose and mouth for the duration of their visit. The Library asks you to please sanitize your hands using the dispenser at the Glen Street entrance prior to entering the Pop-In Library. There will be arrows to direct foot traffic and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. The Library will have staff to assist patrons and a designated cleaning person to disinfect high contact surfaces in the Pop-In Library. The Library has also installed high grade filters in their HVAC system to optimize ventilation.
“We are pleased to be able to offer in person services to our patrons, even if it is in a limited capacity,” says Library Director Kathleen Naftaly. “We recognize that patrons are eager to have regular library services, but we feel that a slow, careful opening is the safest, most sustainable option for everyone. We appreciate your help and patience as we navigate our new safety protocols.”
The Crandall Public Library encourages patrons to continue to call or email staff with requests and questions as admittance to the Pop-In Library will be limited. Hours of operation for the Pop-In Library will be Tuesdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Crandall Curbside will be available by appointment Wednesdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Follow the Library on social media for up-to-date information on their COVID-19 staged reopening plan. During Stage III of the reopening plan (https://tinyurl.com/CPLC19Response
), all programs will remain virtual.
For the foreseeable future, the Library will continue to take returns only in the outdoor drops on Glen Street and Lapham Place. All returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours. Due to the volume of returned materials, it typically takes 5-8 business days for items to be removed from an account. Fines will not be accrued during the return’s quarantine period. The Friends of Crandall Public Library are not accepting book donations.