Libraries moving forward to serve patrons

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 23, 2020

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CENTER LINE/WARREN — It’s been anything but a normal year, and some things have changed, but your local libraries are moving forward to serve patrons in these strange times.

“We’re fully open, and we have our computers available for one-hour sessions,” Center Line Library Director Wesleyann Johnson said. “Our stacks are open for browsing. We are very much status quo here in Center Line. We have a couple fewer computers, just because they needed to be socially distanced. Everything is perfectly normal.”

The Center Line Public Library, located at 7345 Weingartz St., actually resumed normal  hours back in June. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Johnson said they’re slowly rolling out popular in-person programming, like the Pageturners Book Club that meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, and the Card Class with Lori card-making sessions at 6 p.m. on every month’s fourth Monday.

They also offer take-home crafts and STEAM kits.

“We have a ton of new movies and books, as always,” Johnson said. “We get new stuff seemingly every week. I would rather have those things go home and be utilized there. They’re not any good sitting on our shelves here at the library. They’re meant to be taken home and enjoyed.”

She said staff and patrons are asked to follow recommended coronavirus protection standards in place elsewhere at city offices while at the library.

For more on what’s going on at the Center Line Public Library, follow them on Facebook @CenterLineLibrary.

In Warren, the city announced that its Civic Center Library at City Hall on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road, had resumed public hours without an appointment on Oct. 19. The hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Patrons of the Civic Center Library, on the main floor of City Hall, should enter through the south side of the building. Those entering the building will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire and to have their temperature checked. There is a 90-minute time limit for library visits.

Warren’s branch libraries — the Miller Branch Library inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, the Burnette Branch Library at 23345 Van Dyke and the Busch Branch Library at 23333 Ryan — have also reopened to the public according to their posted schedules. Health questionnaires and temperature checks are required to enter all Warren branch libraries, and the 90-minute time limit also applies.

To view hours or information for any Warren library, visit www.warrenlibrary.net.

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