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Scugog library now at stage 3 service level

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DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

SCUGOG: The Scugog Memorial Public Library has recently upgraded their services to fit the province of Ontario’s stage 3 reopening framework. As of Tuesday, July 28th, the local library began adding more services back for the community. In the library’s stage 3 model, library shelves are open to the public to browse. Library CEO Amy Caughlin stated, in a press release “items used in [the] library will be isolated for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves.” The library’s public computers are now available for 45-minute reservations and printing and photocopying is also being allowed. According to the press release, the library is making “socially distanced seating areas and study tables” available for the public, and residents are asked to continue to use the exterior book drop to return books. Bookings for meeting rooms are being taken for groups of six or less people. To protect library staff, the Scugog library now has a self check-out kiosk, and a phone app is being made available to patrons so they can check out materials themselves. Due to the new provincial rules, there is a 50 person limit inside the library at all times. But some things will remain the same in the library. The Scugog library will continue to operate under their reduced hours of 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., from Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It is also still mandatory to wear a mask or face covering inside the building. As well, the library is keeping the Kent Farndale Gallery “closed until autumn.” More information can be found online, at www.scugoglibrary.ca.

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