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Libraries are opening their doors again

With the Phase Two reopening of Connecticut, many of the area libraries are opening again, after having done only curbside service for much of the year.  

The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village opened on Tuesday, June 23, and resumed its regular operating hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed. 

For more information and to make curbside requests, call the library at 860-824-7424 or go to www.huntlibrary.org.

The Kent Memorial Library also opened on June 23. Patrons must make an appointment in advance to use the library, and appointments will be for 45 minutes starting every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a short option at 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by phone or email. 

Curbside pick-up will continue for those who do not want to enter. Patrons can place holds on their accounts online, or by calling or emailing the library. C-Car is available so people will be able to request from other libraries. Patrons may search the collection at www.Wowbrary.com. 

Although the annual Kent book sale will not open this summer, the library is taking book sale donations. A phone call in advance is requested. 

Open hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org.

The Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury is preparing to welcome back patrons on a limited basis starting Tuesday, July 14. The building remains temporarily closed as the premises are cleaned and safety measures such as plastic guards are installed. After reopening, the library will continue to offer curbside pickup to those who request it by calling 860-435-2838. Items should be returned through the library’s bookdrop next to the front door. 

The library’s schedule of offerings onscreen will continue, even after the opening. For updates on Zoom book groups, meditation, exercise classes and more for both children and adults, go to www.scovillelibrary.org, where you can also sign up for the library’s email newsletter. 

The Douglas Library of North Canaan will reopen to the public on Monday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m. and resume regular hours — except Friday evenings and Saturdays for the time being. 

All visitors are required to wear a mask. Temperatures will be taken with an infrared thermometer upon entry. Library visits will be recorded on a contact tracing sheet.

Children under 12 will not be able to enter the library at this time.  The front entryway will be open for entering, the rear side door for exiting only. To access the handicapped entrance, visitors will need to call the library (860-824-7863) to unlock the door.  Entry to the library will be overseen by a staff member and limited to five people. 

Only one computer will be available to the public for 20-minutes of usage.  

The sitting areas and the upstairs of the library will be off limits to the public; so will the restroom.  

Curbside service will remain available to those who prefer not to enter the library; call 860-824-7863 or email your requests to douglaslibrary@comcast.net. Go to www.douglaslibrarycanaan.org for more information.

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon plans to open for computer use, by appointment only, beginning Tuesday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Patrons must observe all safety protocols and may reserve a computer for 20 minutes on the hour and half hour.  Curbside service continues Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.  

“We anticipate opening the library for limited browsing, two patrons at a time, sometime in mid to late July,” said Executive Director Gretchen Hachmeister.   Virtual programming, including book groups, book talks, knitting, children’s activities, and chair yoga continue.  

Call 860-364-5041 or email request@hotchkisslibrary.org to make an appointment, reserve materials, or register for a program. 

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