June 16, 2020 - We are back! Well, we will be soon! Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library has scheduled a tentative, part-time reopening for Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are very excited about this, but also want to keep public safety and the safety of the staff as our highest priority. We hope that this leads to us being open more days throughout the week and eventually being open full time again. However, with the Covid-19 positive tests still rising in Shelby County, we intend to take this one day at a time.
Now, there will be a few rules that will need to be adhered to in order for us to make this work in a safe manner for everyone. We are limited to the number of people we can have in the library at a time, so we ask for your patience while we work out the best way to ensure this. If you come to the library during a time when we have announced we will be open and the door is locked, please knock loudly or call us (936-598-5522). This may be one way we can ensure that the limit is enforced.
At this time, we will only have 3 computers available for use by patrons. Times may be limited based on patron needs. We feel this will be the best way to ensure social distancing and patron safety. If you would like to schedule time on the computer instead of just dropping by, please call the library and make arrangements with Sandra Davis.
Also, masks will be required to enter the library and the entire time you are in the library. By this we mean: 1) You must WEAR the mask on your face the entire time you are in the library and 2) You must wear your mask CORRECTLY, covering your mouth and nose. We understand that some people may find this inconvenient, and we are truly sorry about that. Again, patron and staff safety will be our priority during this time. We do not know who we encounter throughout our day who may be dealing with underlying health issues that increase their risk of complications from this disease, and we are devoted to ensuring, as we attempt this part-time reopening, that our library is and continues to be as safe as possible for everyone who comes in our doors. Your cooperation in this matter will be appreciated.
We have decided that it is not safe to resume our programs at this time. Pre-School Storytime, Summer Reading and Learning Program, Adult Coloring, and Adult Crafternoon will be cancelled until further notice. However, we will have take-home crafts for various ages available at the library for pickup. Please call us to let us know what age packet you need and when you can pick it up, and we will have it available for you at that time. We have put a lot of time into coming up with something to replace our normal summer activities, and we hope that these packets help in some way. We are all disappointed about having to cancel our weekly programs and our Summer Reading and Learning Program, and we know you are, as well. We are looking forward to being able to resume normal programing when it is safe for everyone.
We also want to take this time to thank everyone for their phone calls and messages checking up on us! Our patrons are the absolute best, and we definitely know it! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
At this time, this is all the information we have for you. Please keep an eye on the Light and Champion, ShelbyCountyToday, the Center Radio Station, and our Facebook page for more updates.