Thursday, June 3, 2021

Canton library returns to regular pre-pandemic hours

Regular hours of operation resumed at the Canton Public Library this week for the first time since March 13, 2020.

Library Director Eva Davis said that with the number of changes during the past year, “it feels great to return a little bit of normalcy to our patrons.”

“As vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 infection rates drop in our community, we've been slowly and carefully expanding our services and operations,” Davis said.

She noted that the recent hiring of new employees has brought the library closer to full staffing.

“We are excited to welcome our patrons back and look forward to seeing them,” she said.

The library will continue to offer 60-minute in-person browsing or computer and equipment use sessions at a reduced occupancy limit. The library also provides curbside pickup of materials for patrons who prefer not to enter the building.

“Many patrons discovered the wonders of digital materials like e-books, audiobooks, movies and TV shows online during our closure, but some people prefer coming in to browse and select their own physical materials,” Davis said.

The library has been open in some capacity since June 2020, except for brief closures due to positive COVID-19 reports by staff. 

The resumption of regular building hours follows the library Pandemic reopening procedure.

Regular operating hours for the library are 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday.