Devereaux Memorial Library reopens
Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:33pm caleb
After delayed renovations and shutdowns due to executive orders, the Crawford County Library opens new doors
Kinzie Nena | Staff Writer
After closing on March 22 following the signing of Executive Order 2020-20 – “Temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation” – the Devereaux Memorial Library reopened September 1 with expansive renovations and new temporary operating hours.
The renovations to the Devereaux Memorial Library include two new front entrances, a back entrance with the reading garden, an after hours conference room, a staff entrance, a tea and coffee area, a study hall room, a new teen area, staff offices, and a large genealogy room. Some small renovations are still in the process of completion but have not inhibited library staff or patrons.
Some library programs and services have returned with restrictions for safe social distancing, including Boardgame Check Out, Tea & Tech Time, Coffee & Critique, Pack to School, and Wifi Hotspot Check Out via the Crawford County Library website. Currently, Sit & Knit, Story Hour, and Sit & Fit have not been added back to the list of programs.
The Devereaux Memorial Library is dedicated to following the state’s current mask requirements with staff and patrons wearing face coverings unless a medical reason prevents wearing them. The library has also extended the use of the Drop Box system to help patrons maintain social distancing. With changing COVID-19 orders, the library currently can allow 45 guests at a time, which is an increase from its previous count of 25. When asked if there was worry about the library facing future closures, library staff member Mary Kay Hinkle said, “I hope not. I think everyone hopes not.”
With COVID-19 restrictions the Devereaux Library has asked that parents make sure that students have alternative plans for afterschool activities. There have been few but well behaved students and children visiting the library, according to Hinkle.
“I think more will come back when restrictions lift and parents feel more comfortable,” said Hinkle. Library staff members said they were pleased with how the renovations have turned out.
“We’d love to have people come back and see the beautiful new building for the community,” said Hinkle.
At present the Crawford County Library and its Frederic Community Library branch are operating with a full staff and look forward to serving the community.
The Devereaux Memorial Library is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find more information about its programs and services on its website at www.crawfordco.lib.mi.us or call (989) 348-9214.