Library attempts soft reopening to public on Monday

Miranda Holman
Paris Express

The Gattis-Logan County Library has been providing mostly virtual content since March, but librarian Amber Mikles attempted a soft reopening of the facility this past Monday.

While the building has remained closed to the public, the staff has continued to work providing virtual services, including the Summer Reading Program, for the community. Now the library has opened up to the public with restrictions.

"We want to have somewhat of a soft opening," said Mikles, "The word has already spread and we had our first patron in the building on Monday morning."

Mikles described the reopening process as "soft," wanting to make sure every precaution is taken.

During the soft reopening, the library will have limited hours and restrictions for staff and patrons. From the hours of 9 a.m. until noon, the library is reserved for seniors and at-risk patrons. From noon until 1 p.m., the facility is closed for cleaning. Afternoon hours from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. are for the general public.

Mikles said that the library will close at 4 p.m. each day so the staff can clean and reshelve books and that her number one concern is to keep the patrons and staff as safe and healthy as possible.

"Closing at 4 p.m. allows us to be ready promptly at 9 a.m. the following day."

Other restrictions include that a parent or guardian must accompany children, and visits are limited to 15 minutes per visit. "If you need more time, we ask that you make an appointment."

Staff will be wearing masks for the community's protection, and Mikles encourages patrons to do the same.

"We appreciate our patron's patience and understanding at this time."

The Gattis-Logan County Library will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the 4th of July holiday.