Mineola Memorial Library Notes


We made it to the end of the month. April showers really did bring May flowers.

The big question: when will the Mineola Memorial Library reopen? As you know, we have been doing curbside and computers by appointment for the last couple of weeks. While Wood County’s COVID numbers went up, they went up a very small amount and Mineola itself has managed to remain unchanged as of this writing. We have been practicing things like social distancing, cleaning items as they return, computers by appointment, curbside pick up and cleaning.

We will reopen the library to the public on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reserve the 9-10 o’clock hour for the more vulnerable of the population. Computers may be used up to one hour at a time. Curbside will continue from 2-4 p.m. daily Tuesday to Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will not be any traditional programming inside of the library and there will be a limit of 12 people in addition to staff which means some may have to wait to enter the library. Please, respect this potential wait time and make your selections quickly.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the computer stations and the front desk. We encourage our patrons to wear masks or maintain social distance of 6 feet. Staff will be behind a shield and practice social distancing and when that is not possible will wear a mask. We request the public (just like the staff) to stay away from the library if they are sick; especially if there is a fever involved.

Shorter hours will allow us to clean areas that might be heavily used and to shelve books once they are available for reshelving. This time will also be used to prepare items for curbside pickup.

We miss our patrons and look forward to seeing you again. Please, be patient with us as we navigate the rules for COVID-19 and get back to providing library services.

The Mineola Memorial Library is a 501(c)3, non-profit. A memorial was received for Jeanine Stricklin from Tim and Glenda Cagle, and a donation was received from Carla Letsch.