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Perham library open to patrons again

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Perham Public Library Director Susan Heusser-Ladwig poses for a portrait in the library. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS)

The Perham Area Public Library is finally open to the public after months of doing curbside only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The library quietly reopened last week, as they were not yet ready for hundreds of people coming through, librarian Susan Heusser-Ladwig said.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Heusser-Ladwig said. The library will be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. every day for cleaning.

Heusser-Ladwig said that the library asks that people limit their visits to 15 to 30 minutes and use hand sanitizer when they enter the library and before they browse through the stacks.

All of the staff will be wearing masks and patrons are asked to do the same, Heusser-Ladwig said.

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The library will also be continuing curbside pick-up, where people call and their materials are brought out to a table, Heusser-Ladwig said.

The library has seen a fair amount of people coming in the first week it has been reopened, according to Heusser-Ladwig. She said that, so far, people coming into the library have been being very careful and polite about social distancing.

According to Heusser-Ladwig, the pandemic and social distancing have changed things but the library and its staff have adjusted. Normally, summer would mean lots of summer programs for children taking place in the library with reading programs. The library will still have those programs, but they are a little different this year, Heusser-Ladwig said.

This summer's summer reading programs all reading while reporting can be done online or on paper. Prizes can be picked up on Tuesdays, according to Heusser-Ladwig. The library also is doing a story window on the window facing the park, will have a story walk in Arvig park every Thursday this summer, and has more online summer reading content online at perhamlibrary.org .

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