Sunderland Select Board approves plan for limited library reopening

  • The Select Board has approved a plan for a limited reopening of the Sunderland Public Library. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/10/2020 6:41:54 AM

SUNDERLAND — The Select Board has approved a plan for a limited reopening of the Sunderland Public Library, contingent upon Board of Health approval.

“We’re hoping that we can open the library by appointment for two days a week,” Library Director Katherine Hand said at a recent Select Board meeting. “The idea is we would start on Tuesday, Nov. 10, provided we have the approval of the Board of Health and the Select Board.”

Thirty-minute browsing appointments would be available on Tuesdays from 1 to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., Hand explained.

“We would allow 30 minutes in between appointments for staff to reset, clean the building and make sure we’re ready for the next group to come in,” she said, noting she would ask patrons who come for appointments to do a “self-screen” before coming in, and to wear a mask at all times.

Select Board member Scott Bergeron asked Hand what the current demand is among library patrons.

“There’s certain patrons who really want to come in and browse materials — as well as families, they want their kids to be able to come in and pick up their books,” she said.

Still, she said, there are a lot of patrons who are “happy with the curbside services” the library is offering.

For those patrons who aren’t comfortable returning to the building at 20 School St. for in-person browsing, curbside pick up will remain an option, Hand said. To do that, patrons can request books over the phone, or online via the online catalog. Books, then, will be put outside for pick up.

“The plan I’ve submitted is fluid,” she said. “If things change, we’ll have to take a step back.”


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