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Wallingford library planning to restore computer access next week

Wallingford library planning to restore computer access next week



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WALLINGFORD — The public library plans a limited reopening for computer access only starting Monday and plans to expand services on July 15, but not fully reopen the building.

A limited number of computers are slated to be available by appointment for Wallingford residents only, according to a statement from the library earlier this week.

Face masks covering the nose and mouth and social distancing of at least six feet are required while on library property, whether inside or outside.

“Some of our residents really need access to computers to apply for jobs, benefits, housing,” Library Director Jane Fisher said earlier this month. “We want to accommodate them as soon as we can safely do so.”

Computer appointments are for one hour with no extensions. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the library or reserving a time online at www.wallingford.lioninc.org/services/computer-appointments.

Because of physical distance requirements, library staff won’t be available to assist patrons at the computers, but those who anticipate needing help can bring a computer-saavy friend or relative.

Starting July 15, the library is slated to allow a limited number of patrons to enter the building to access the collections, copiers and scan/fax equipment and seek help from staff.

Only one adult member of a family at a time should visit the library, according to library officials.

Hours for entering the library beginning July 15 are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Patrons are encouraged to use Park ‘n Pickup, the contactless borrowing service launched in late May, rather than browse the shelves.

Requests for items in the Wallingford collection only can be placed by phone or through the online catalog. Items may be returned to the book drop anytime. Currently the service is only offered to Wallingford residents.

Virtual programs for children, teens, and adults are ongoing. This year’s summer reading program, Outside the Box, and summer maker program, Some Assembly Required, kicked off Wednesday.

Call 203-265-6754 or visit www.wallingfordlibrary.org for more information about the phased reopening.

LTakores@record-journal.com203-317-2212Twitter: @LCTakores


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