SC Staff Report
The Sanibel Public Library will be welcoming patrons for the first time since closing its doors on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons will be able to browse the shelves, read magazines, use the computers and more on Monday, June 1, under the state’s Phase One reopening precautions.
Patrons will be required to maintain social distance inside the library and are encouraged to wear a mask – except for children two years of age and younger. There will be signs posted to remind patrons about practicing social distancing, washing hands, wearing a mask and staying home if they are sick.
And library staff is implementing safety and sanitation procedure consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health guidelines.
Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro says patrons have missed wandering through the library’s shelves filled with more than 70,000 items from which to choose.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to ensure service while maintaining safety for users and staff,” said Mohundro. “We are happy to be reopening and ask everyone to wear a mask while inside the building for the safety of our staff and patrons.”
The reopening also means other services will be available again, such as the Interlibrary Loan program. The library’s eShelf and online services remain available, along with the contact-free services and book returns.
However, not everything will restart at the library on Monday. In-person programming, such as storytime, remains suspended and meeting and study rooms continue to be closed.
Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in June, July and August.