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Wayne County Public Library reopens today with ‘Grab and Go’ service

DGKN staff report

DALTON  Wayne County Public Library reopened July 6 for “Grab and Go” service. The Dalton Branch, as well as branches in Creston, Doylestown, Rittman and Shreve, are open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday;  closed Wednesday and Saturday.

Because of funding and staffing cuts, and to make sure the library can allow for good social distancing and adequate time to quarantine and clean, the main library and its branches are reopening with temporary, abbreviated hours, according to a news release. The Main Library in Wooster is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and closed Fridays. Mondays and Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. are reserved for service to seniors and the vulnerable population.

The West Salem Branch is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 to 6 p.m, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays; closed Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Bookmobiles are operating on a reduced service schedule. Visit or call 330. 804.4671 for more information.

The library provides more information in a flier:

Are the Book Drops Open?
* Outside book drops at all locations are open all day, every day. Inside book drops are closed, except for the interior book drop at the Wooster Branch in between the parking lot entrance doors.
* Remember – All returned materials are being quarantined for at least 3 business days, which means that they will remain on your library account for some time after you have returned the items. We are a fine-free library so there will be no late fees.

What library services are available?
* Please come for short visits to choose books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to take home and enjoy. “Grab and
* Public computers are available by appointment. There are time limits on computer use per day with very limited computer help available. Face coverings are required for anyone using a public computer. (Free masks can be provided while supplies last.) Please call your local library to make an appointment for computer use.
* Copiers are available.
* The ability to place holds on items outside of Wayne County (through CLEVNET) begins July 6. To help the library better serve you, please check your account and cancel any holds for materials you no longer want.

What’s not available right now?
* In order to keep our community safe and following the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health, we are not able to accommodate any socializing, congregating or “hanging out” at the library.
* Seating is very limited.
* There are no in-person Library programs or events, and no meeting room use.
* We are not accepting any book donations and there are no Friends of the Library book sales at this time.
* The Genealogy Department at the Wooster Branch and the Creston Historical Society Collection at the Creston Branch are not available for patrons. Staff are available to answer reference questions remotely.
* Not all public restrooms will be open and drinking fountains have been shut off.
* There are no toys, games, children’s play areas or children’s computers. Children ages 12 and under must be with an adult at all times.

What if I’d rather not come into a Library building yet?
* Curbside pickup is available at all our locations. Check here for more information or call your local library branch for details.
* Online resources for e-books, e-audiobooks, movies and music are available from Overdrive, Hoopla and Kanopy Everything is free with your library card.

What is the library doing to help keep the community safe?
* Patrons and staff are requested not to come in if they are ill.
* Staff members are wearing masks to keep patrons safe. Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings to keep each other and library staff safe. The library will provide free masks (while supplies last.)
* The library is allowing limited numbers of people into the buildings for social distancing. Patrons may be asked to wait to enter.
* The library is continuing to quarantine all library materials.

* There are Plexiglas barriers at all public service desks and self-service check-out is available at most locations.

* Social distancing guidelines are in place in all buildings. We ask that you respect these guidelines.

* We are cleaning and sanitizing our public areas frequently.

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