The Morris Public Library building reopened for the public yesterday with limited hours. Library Director Anne Barber told the KMRS Community Connection that patrons will see a number of new health and safety protocols in place when they visit the library. Computers will be open for use by appointment by calling the library. Hand sanitizer will be available at the library entrance, and bathrooms and the water fountain will be closed to the public.

“We’re going to have five people in at a time,” Barber explained. “So there’s number cards in the lobby and you can pick up a number. If all the number cards are gone, then you know five people are already in the library and you’ll just have to wait. We’re limiting time in the library to 15 minutes. So, if you do come and all the number cards are gone and you have to wait, it’s not that long of a wait.”

In addition, Barber said they want patrons to wear masks. The Friends of the Library have purchased some masks for library users. A $1 donation to keep the supply replenished is appreciated, she said. A special time for at-risk populations, such as the elderly, has been set for 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while general public hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays from Noon to 7 p.m., and Fridays from Noon to 4 p.m.

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