After a COVID-19 related closure for a few weeks, the Sandwich Public Library District is again open, but with some changes in operations. Library Director Barb Posinger says patrons will still have access to all the library's services, but will need to stay in their in cars.
"We are just going to be implementing more of a curbside service atmosphere," Posinger said.
Patrons will be allowed to spend time inside to browse and use computers, but Posinger says it be on a reservation only basis. Time blocks will be a half hour long and only one patron is allowed in at once. Accommodations will be made for families with children.
Posinger says the library will also be increasing its virtual programming.
"There's going to be a lot more interactive things to do on our social media pages like polls and surveys," Posinger said. Families can also dial in to hear a story over the phone that will be updated each Friday.
Posinger says the library will also have craft kits that families can pick up to do at home. There is also a large collection of digital materials that people can access from home like e-books and audio books.
The library was closed at the end of October because of a COVID-19 case among the staff. Several other staff members were considered to be in close contact with the person who tested positive.
"There's nothing more that we would like then to open up our building to everybody," Posinger said, "but, in this time it's... very dangerous and it's scary and we want to make sure that we'll be able to be here through whatever comes next."
In mid-March, the Sandwich Public Library had canceled programming and closed to the public shortly before Governor J.B. Pritzker issued his first stay-at-home order. It reopened to curbside service in June and in person browsing in July.