SUDBURY – Goodnow Library wishes to share with the community its plans to re-open to the public for limited in-person hours beginning in April.
The limited reopening plan has been developed during the past few months with input from Library staff; Sudbury Town Manager Henry Hayes; Sudbury Health Director Bill Murphy; the Sudbury Reopening Task Force, with members representing town management and staff; and Minuteman Library Network members. The reopening plan has been approved by the Goodnow Library Board of Trustees.
“We can’t wait to see our patrons again,” said Library Director Esmé Green. “Using the library will be a very different experience, and we ask our patrons for patience as we transition to a full reopening in the future.”
The Library plans to open to the public the week of April 6, as follows:
- Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m., for patrons age 65 or older and patrons with underlying health conditions
- Tuesdays, 12-4 p.m., for all patrons
- Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., for patrons age 65 or older and patrons with underlying health conditions
- Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m., for all patrons
Contactless curbside appointments will continue with reduced hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The reopening plan recognizes several factors, including the Governor’s announcement that the state will move to Phase IV on March 22, and the swift increase in availability of COVID-19 vaccines for those ages 65 and older.
The Library considers the limited reopening as a first step, and will weigh additional days and hours as new information from state government and medical experts becomes available.
The library is instituting the following protocols to ensure maximum safety for patrons:
- No more than 25 patrons will be allowed in the library at once.
- Masks and social distancing of 6 feet are required.
- Marked one-way aisles will guide foot traffic.
- New signage will help patrons with self-checkout and book return.
- In-person patrons will be able to browse and check out library materials on the first floor, pick up holds, ask librarians for help and obtain/replace a library card.
- The second floor will be closed, along with meeting and study rooms. Congregate areas will be cordoned off. Many services will not be available, such as computers, scanners and printers.