Front door of the libraryI have so appreciated the patience of our patrons these past few weeks!!! Everyone has been wonderful as we have maneuvered through the uncharted COVID-19 minefield. I have never been so happy to live in rural America.

We have been taking appointments and having one patron come in at a time. Beginning June 1, we will leave our door unlocked, but will limit the number of patrons in the library at any given time to 10. This will allow adults to come in and read the paper or work on a computer. Due to the circumstances, we are not allowing children to play on the computers at this time.

If all goes well and there are no weird happenings, we will open the library on June 15. We will continue to clean the premises and materials and quarantine the materials for 7 days, as well as monitoring the number of people in the library!

We will begin the sign-up for the Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 22, beginning at 10:00 AM, through June 25. Of course, we will continue to sign up patrons during the early part of the 6-week program. This year’s program is going to be a lot different than years before. I was wanting to make a few changes and step just a little ways outside the box, but due to the events of the past few weeks, the perimeter of the box is a dim line in the distance.

The theme this year is “Imagine Your Story”, which is fitting with the amount of the imagination going into the planning of this year’s summer reading program!

We should have the majority of the planning done in the next few days and I will be happy to share all the details in next week’s column. We are going to have a good time!!!