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Fraser Public Library reopens curbside pick-up for patrons

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2020

FRASER — The Fraser Public Library announced June 4 that it would reopen for curbside pick-up starting June 9, after press time.

The library, which closed March 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is echoing state measures in regard to a six-phase reopening plan approved by members of the library board.

This announcement aligns with the library’s summer reading club, which begins June 20. Patrons can register on the library’s website and track their reading progress digitally. They can also virtually follow miscellaneous activities.

“We are opening to curbside pick-up only for the time being as we work to get adjusted to our new safety protocols to protect both our staff and patrons,” said Library Director Lorena McDowell in a statement. “We hope to continue moving in the right direction and open up our building, but for now, we’re just happy to get books back out to the community.”

Prior to reopening to the public or to nonessential staff, the library announced it would establish and implement a variety of regulations, including: cleaning protocols pertaining to usual areas of heavy use, including bathrooms, computers and conference rooms, and adjust protocols as necessary; returned materials may be quarantined for a specific period of time; assessing needs, such as personal protection equipment; social distancing guidelines, such as installing screens, rearranging or blocking areas, or providing “traffic control” with arrows on the floor; and alerting patrons with signage.

McDowell will monitor, coordinate and have authority over the reopening stages of the library. That includes addressing and determining appropriate staffing levels, canceling or limiting services or programs, and closing the library for up to 14 days without library board approval.

The Michigan Electronic Library Catalog — which many libraries statewide utilize to allow patrons to get materials from non-local libraries — began operating again.

On June 4, Kelly Forrester, the library’s marketing and development coordinator, said no reopen date was yet determined.

To checkout a book or pick up a hold, call the library at (586) 293-2055 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. A librarian will assist you and the library staff will grab your items for you.

When you arrive, remain in your car and call the library again to tell a staff member you’re outside, along with your car model. A staff member will bring your items out on a cart. Patrons must allow the staff member to step six feet away before getting out and grabbing their materials. Masks must be worn at all times.

Any books being brought back to the library must be placed in the book drop before or after the staff member comes outside. The library will not accept returns on the cart for safety reasons.

Visit fraserpubliclibrary.org for more information.