Public libraries throughout towns are taking steps to gradually reopen their buildings to patrons.
Librarians have been working remotely since the shutdown to provide an impressive menu of educational and fun programming, from musical performances to classroom help to contests, in an effort to inspire or otherwise keep residents of ages engaged.
Commack Public Library announced on Facebook Tuesday that it is preparing for curbside service that it hopes would start June 15, with a schedule to be announced later.
“We look forward to welcoming you back just as soon as we are able to do so and we would like to thank you for all your patience while we have been closed to the public,” Library Director Laurie Rosenthal and assistant director Joanne Albano wrote.
Virtual programming will continue until further notice, but starting June 1, staff members will be answering phones. Commack is also reopening its book drop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and plans further hours. No late fees are involved.
Here’s what some other libraries are doing:
All events will remain virtual through August including the Summer Reading Experience.