The Wead Library is getting ready to reopen on June 29. Things are going to look different, as the building is not open to the public, but the staff remains committed to offering the public as many services as possible as conditions allow in a gradual phased reopening. Here is information about what you can expect for the time being.

The reopening plan is a multiphased plan using the most up-to-date information available from New York state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York Library Association and the American Library Association.

The plan is patterned after a combination of the Albany Public Library’s and the Saranac Lake Public Library’s plans. It uses the model of a gradual releasing of access to the building, services and programs to the public. The plan also recognizes the need for flexibility on the part of the staff to meet unexpected situations as they occur in real time.

Book drops are open as of June 22. With over 2,000 materials currently out on loan, we ask to the best of your ability you return the materials before July. Returns are only accepted through the book drops.

Please note that all returned materials need to quarantine at the library for at least 72 hours and will not show as returned on your card until we can safely check them back in to be enjoyed by the next individual. Fines will still not be charged during this time.

Beginning July 1, you may start submitting requests for curbside pickup. You may submit them via Facebook, phone (518-483-5251), or by emailing weadrequests@gmail.com. Requests are only accepted in these forms. All requests must be for our in-house materials, which can be viewed on the Wead Library catalog (https://cefls.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/malone/). At this time, interlibrary loans are not available.

To help ensure a selection of items will be available to everyone, there will be a limit of five adult or young adult items and 10 children’s items checked out per card.

Curbside and Foyer Pickup of pre-requested materials begins July 6. Please call from your car or enter the foyer to pick up your items. Only one family should enter the foyer at a time. Masks and social distance are required.

Free wi-fi will continue to be available outside the building.

The Summer Reading Program will be virtual this year and found online on the teen and children’s pages of the website starting July 6. Weekly Grab n Go craft bags will be available for pick up while supplies last. They can also be requested. Look for details on the program posted on weadlib.wordpress.com and the Wead Library Facebook page.

Modified summer hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with pickups ending at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The library will be closed July 4. At this time, services are only offered through phone, email, and social media. The public is always welcome to call with questions.

The continued safety of patrons and staff is a top priority. The library staff is excited to start getting materials back into patrons’ hands and thank them for their patience and continued support as new safety procedures are implemented.

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