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Phase 2 of 5: Curbside Pick-up

Cary Library to continue Phase 2, Curbside Pick-up, through the end of September

Friday, July 24, 2020
Dear Cary Library Patrons,
 
The Executive Committee of the Library Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to remain at Phase 2 (Curbside Pickup) of the Library’s Restoration of Services plan. At this time we will NOT be reopening the library building to the public and will continue to provide the most comprehensive services we can virtually and through our “Cary Out” contactless pickup service.
 
Some of the factors contributing to the decision not to more to Phase 3:
  • We are quarantining all returned materials for 96 hours which requires a significant portion of floorspace in our Living Room and Children’s Room as well as our Commons/public computer area.
  • Our Curbside operation takes up the entire lower level hallway, part of our Large Meeting Room, and a portion of our Teen Space. In order to clear these areas for public access, we will have to stop offering our popular curbside service. There’s simply no other space for such a massive operation and staff who are currently engaged in curbside services would need to be redeployed to monitor doors, admit patrons with appointments, proctor mask use, and staff our public service desks.
  • The safety of staff and the public is our primary concern. Currently, with the building closed to the public, we have been able to spread our staff out into the public areas of the library. This has allowed us to bring our full workforce back to work in the building while still practicing social distancing. Reopening to the public would require us to “vacate” these public spaces and put staff back into small workrooms that would jeopardize their safety.
  • The Town’s Department of Public Facilities is in the process of changing the way town facilities are deep cleaned overnight. Until their new system is in place late this summer, I have concerns about the additional cleaning necessitated by reopening the library to the public.
  • Finally, please keep in mind that moving to Phase 3 would only allow brief (30-45 minute) appointments for patrons to browse for materials. There would be no access to computers/copy machines, no seating anywhere in the building, no play area available for children. No access to meeting/study spaces. It is an extremely limited model.
 
We know you are looking forward to having your library back. Thank you for continuing to support the library staff as we do our best to get you as many resources as we can as safely as we can. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and across the country and revisit this decision early in the fall. 
 
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at kstembridge@lexingtonma.gov
 
Wishing you and your family good health during this uncertain time. 
 
Koren Stembridge
Library Director 
 

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