The Independence County Library reopened to the public this week for browsing and checking out materials. The library will limit the number of people browsing to eight persons at a time.

Areas of the library that encourage socializing will remain closed until further notice. This includes the play areas of the children’s department and the reading lounge.

Public computers will continue to be available with the current restrictions in place, but appointments will not be necessary. The library will also continue to offer curbside service for patrons who wish to check out materials.

Curbside service is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Bad Boy Café featuring T’s Boxed Lunches will reopen on Monday, May 3, with extended hours and will offer coffee and snacks in the afternoons, Monday through Friday.

Library director Vanessa Adams appreciated the library board for their support during the pandemic and is thankful to the citizens of Independence County for their patience and understanding.

“Our entire library staff have missed our patrons and appreciate how kind they have been during this stressful time. Now that the staff who wished to be vaccinated are receiving their second dose of the vaccine next week, we feel that it is safer to reopen the library,” Adams stated in a press release.

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