The Ottumwa Public Library reopens to the public

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 9:57 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Tuesday, May 4th, The Ottumwa Public Library reopened since closing last year during the beginning stages of the pandemic.

Last May, the library staff adapted to what many may consider a new normal by utilizing curbside assistance which will now be one of their more permanent changes. Public Library Director Sonja Ferrell, says they have been taking baby steps since then.

“We’ve gradually added on computer appointments, browsing appointments, and mobile printing, and now we’re finally just opening the doors, no appointment needed.”

Although the library is now accessible to the public, Ferrell says there are still restrictions in place to be aware of.

“We’re not putting the toys out in the children’s area, we’re not turning the children’s computers on. We’re encouraging people to come in, browse, check out, and go on because we are cognizant that there is still the virus going on in the community especially for children that can not be vaccinated yet. We want to make it as safe as possible to continue to offer services.”

And masks are still required as well.

She says she looks forward to continuing children’s and adult book club programs which are typically held at the central park this summer.

The current operating hours for the Ottumwa Public Library are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

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