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Stanly County libraries, History Center reopen

The Stanly County Public Library, the branches and the Stanly County History Center have reopened after shuttering for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The libraries reopened Monday after having been closed since early April.

“We are excited to see everybody,” said Melanie Holles, director of the Stany County Library.

She said attendance at the libraries for the first two days has been “steady, which is good.”

Each of the five branches are limiting the number of people allowed in each building, asking patrons to wear face masks before entering and marking areas to make sure people maintain the proper six feet distance between each other.

The branches are also encouraging self-checkout as an option and limiting patrons to one session of 60 minutes of computer use per day to make sure there are enough computers available to people who need them.

People can still order books online and utilize the curbside pickup at the Albemarle location if they have any worries about coming inside, Holles said.

Any items checked out before the branches closed on April 4 will now be due on May 25. Any items returned before then will not be charged fines, Holles said.

As of now, the library will not be operating any programs such as Story Time or Tuesday Morning Movies. Holles said while the summer reading program “will happen in some form” she doesn’t yet know what it will look like.

Patrons are encouraged to reach out to their local branches if they have any specific questions.

Albemarle, Locust and the History Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Norwood and Oakboro will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; and Badin will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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