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Library Board OKs Temporary Policy For Reopening

The James Prendergast Library, located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, will be open for curbside pickup starting today. For more information, visit prendergastlibrary.org/curbside. P-J photo by Dennis

As the James Prendergast Library plans to reopen, its board has passed a new temporary pandemic reopening policy.

On Monday, the board held a special meeting online to approve the new policy. Annie Green, library executive director, said the new temporary policy will supersede the board’s former child safety and rules of conduct policies. She said the new temporary policy will be followed until the board agrees it’s no longer needed and then they will revert back to the former policies.

During the short online meeting, the board didn’t discuss how the new temporary policy is different from the former policies.

During a board meeting in May, Greene discussed how the library will be reopening since having to close down March 15 following the COVID-19 pandemic. She said library officials will first start with curbside pickup, which is scheduled to start today. For more information on the library’s curbside pickup, visit prendergastlibrary.org/curbside.

Greene said library officials plan to reopen the facility during Phase 3, which is expected to possibly start in two weeks. She said there will be new hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, once the library reopens.

Greene said library officials have created a plan for reopening, but it could change frequently to adapt to the unknown situation of how people will respond once the building is open again.

“We’ve never done this before … I will come upon things I didn’t think about,” she said.

The next library board meeting will be held online at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, June 18.

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