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Canyon Lake’s Library Reopens to Public Oct. 5

Library Director Roxanna Deane said staff will work to keep the library as safe as possible for patrons.

By Linda C. Jacobson

Starting Oct. 5, Canyon Lake residents and visitors will again be able to browse and check out books in person, surf the web or use a copier when Tye Preston Memorial Library reopens to the public.

TPML closed in late March due to Covid-19 and continued to operate but only with online and electronic resources available. On May 1, the library staff began a curbside service that allowed for patrons to order books and materials in advance and pick them up without person-to-person contact. The staff also began scheduling programming using Zoom since in-person gatherings were restricted. Both curbside service and programming via Zoom will continue to be offered.

With state and county restrictions easing up and allowing more businesses to reopen as long as certain precautions are followed, TPML Director Roxanna Deane presented the Canyon Lake Library District Board with a plan to also reopen — with limited services. She outlined what measures would be taken to protect the patrons, volunteers and staff. The board approved the plan at its September board meeting.

“Our goal is to be friendly and inviting, but we also want to set a tone that we are working hard to keep the staff and public safe while offering as many services as we can,” Deane said. “We will require that face coverings be worn at all times. This rule will be strongly enforced. Hand sanitizer must be used when entering the building and we’ll encourage patrons to use sanitizer throughout their stay.”

Deane added that patrons will be asked to maintain social distancing from people that they did not come to the library with. Children may come in with adults but must stay with them during the visit, she said.

“We have roped off the Children’s Play Area and the Teen Area. The Hive and Study Rooms will be locked and not available for use,” Deane explained, adding that while most of the seating has been removed, they will still provide areas for people to sit for awhile, use the wireless or peruse a book. Glass shields have been installed at the help and circulation desk to limit contact when interacting with the staff.

The staff, which will also be wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, will wipe down door handles throughout the day and clean computers after each use. Each night the entire facility will be professionally cleaned and disinfected.

“We want to keep everyone as safe as possible,” Deane emphasized.

Five computers available for use with two-hour time limits unless no one is waiting. The plan will be reviewed weekly and adjusted as needed. Wi-fi will be available to anyone who wants to bring their own computer or device. The Friends of TPML Bookstore will be open. Copy and fax machines will also be available and the public restrooms will be open.

The library will open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. It will close at 5 p.m. except Wednesdays when it closes at 7 p.m. For more information visit online at www.tpml.org or call 830-964-3744.

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