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Bristol library opens by appointment

Coco Moseley, the new librarian at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library, is implementing a plan that lets patrons visit the library by appointment.

BRISTOL — Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol is now open by appointment for browsing and borrowing books.
“It is great to welcome people back into the physical building,” said Coco Moseley, who took over as the library’s director on July 1, following the retirement of Nancy Wilson.
Patrons may call 453-2366 or email [email protected] to set up a 45-minute appointment during the library’s normal operating hours, and are asked to review the library’s new policies, which are designed to protect the health of the community:
• Please stay home if you have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill. The library will continue to make books available through curbside checkout.
• When you arrive for your appointment, please knock on the front door.
• Please sanitize your hands before entering the building and upon exiting.
• Masks that cover your mouth and nose are required at ALL times for patrons and staff. Masks are available at the library, if needed.
• Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from others.
• Books removed from the shelves but not checked out should be placed on the floor, where they can be collected by staff and sanitized before re-shelving.
• When returning checked-out books, place them in the front hallway box that corresponds to the date of your visit, or to the return box outside the library. Do NOT return books to circulation staff.
• Computers are not available at this time, though Moseley is working on a plan to make them available eventually.
• Bathrooms are for emergency use only.
• Please keep your visit to 45 minutes or less.
• The library asks that children 14 and younger stay home for now. Babes in arms are OK.
Thus far, the library has been able to accommodate some walk-ins who call the library from the steps to see if there is a browsing/borrowing slot open, Moseley said.
And programming is picking up as well.
“Our summer programs for children are in full swing,” Moseley said. “Magic camp with Tom Verner, children’s story hour via YouTube, and summer reading sign-ups and raffle prizes.”
For more information, visit lawrencelibrary.net.

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